Thursday, January 5, 2012

Apply for GSAS' Second Annual Threesis Challenge for MA Students: Applications Due 1/31

Draper encourages applications to GSAS' second annual Threesis Academic Challenge for Master's students. Eight of Draper's students participated in last year's challenge and two of our students were semi-finalists. More information about Threesis is below or is available on the GSAS website here. The application is attached, or can be picked up in hard copy in Draper's office.


Save the date and submit your Application today for the 2012 GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge will be held on March 30th (qualifying rounds) and March 31st (final rounds)
The application for the 2012 GSAS
Threesis Academic Challenge is open! This academic competition is for GSAS Master's Students. Students present the work of their thesis or final project (eg. creative project, science experiment or research paper) to a panel of judges in accessible language a non-expert can understand in three minutes or less. Competitors are judged on how well they grasp the subject of their thesis, their ability to discuss the topic to non-experts and presentation skills. Students compete for a grand prize of $1,000 and other prizes while learning to organize ideas and speak about them persuasively in a fun, academic atmosphere.

Look at what one competitor had to say about last year's experience:

The Threesis encourages students to take a step back from their research to see how it sits in a world outside of academia. It is about explaining what you are writing about in a way that grandma and grandpa, mom and dad and the random person that you meet on the street can understand. It is the opposite of what were are trained to do in our masters work and that's what makes it so challenging.
Jailee Rychen 2011 GSAS
Threesis Winner

Have you submitted your 2012 Threesis application? To submit your application, send the application and your abstract to Applications are due by January 31st!

Watch the highlight video from last year's competition here:

Deadline: Delores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship Apps Due 1/6

Reminder: The application deadline for the Delores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship is Friday, January 6, 2012.

GSAS has announced a funding opportunity for GSAS graduate students, which you are encouraged to apply for. The Delores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship competition for grant year 2012-2013 is now open. This scholarship was established to “support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.”

More information on the fellowship--including the application--is available on the GSAS website, here: Contact the office of Academic and Student Life with questions by phone at 212.998.8060 or by e-mail at

Elective Options

Happy New Year, Draperites!

The classes detailed below have open spaces for Draper students. Please note that these classes are not cross listed. Interested students can enroll in them via Albert. If you encounter any registration issues or have questions regarding these courses, please contact Amanda at

BIOE-GA 2222.001 Cross-listed with PHIL-GA 2222.001 Clinical Ethics
Professor S. Matthew Liao
Spring 2012- M 6:00-8:30 pm

4 points

Physicians and nurses will present for discussion and theoretical analysis the ethical issues that they encounter in their Medical Center work. Topics to be discussed include the ethics of using placebos, conflicts of interest and clinical trials, ethics consultations in health care, pain management and end of life, conscientious objection, giving hope, and doctors as torture consultants. Reading will be drawn from medical and philosophy literature.

BIOE-GA 1008.001 Topics in Bioethics: Research Ethics

Professor Collin O’Neil
Spring 2012-
T 6:45-9:15 pm

4 points

The course will begin by examining the historical scandals that launched the field of research ethics and ask whether the principles and regulations that have emerged in reaction are on the whole appropriate, or whether they are in some cases overly protective of human subjects and unduly burdensome on research. Among the questions that will be addressed: is it permissible to deceive subjects when necessary to obtain valid results; is it permissible to use a placebo control when proven effective care for the condition exists; should we be more liberal about enrolling children, the cognitively impaired, and pregnant women in risky research; are there any reasons to limit payment for participation in risky research; is there an obligation to participate in research? Thinking through these issues will require thinking about the nature of role obligations; the validity conditions for consent; the nature of manipulation, coercion, and wrongful exploitation. The course will also examine whether animals may be used in harmful research, whether certain lines of inquiry, such as into racial differences, should not be pursued at all, whether patents on research discoveries are justifiable, and whether some kinds of regulations on research may be inconsistent with academic freedom or freedom of expression.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year from NYU Libraries!

Be on the lookout this upcoming Spring semester for Library classes specifically for graduate students. These short sessions cover topics like developing your research skills, managing your citations, and introducing you to statistical software (if you want to sign up now, see