Lauren Thomas Wins UCF’s Three Minute Thesis Competition

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Congratulations to Lauren Thomas, professor, mathematics, and Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D. student at the University of Central Florida (UCF), for receiving first place in UCF’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, which focused on closing the achievement gap for Black students.

Along with 10 finalists, Lauren presented on her dissertation, titled “Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology: Exploring the Academic and Lived Experiences of Black Students Taking College-level Mathematics Courses” on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

“As an educator, I would be remised if I didn’t acknowledge that I believe in equitable success outcomes for all students,” said Lauren of her work.

“I feel a special connection to the work presented here because I would consider myself to be a high-achieving Black student who persevered in educational environments that were not always welcoming, lacked diversity and valued cultural capital that I did not possess.”

UCF’s 3MT competition is a novel way to present doctoral research. Doctoral students communicate their research in just three short minutes and with only one PowerPoint slide to non-expert judges while competing to win scholarship awards. Lauren was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.

You can view Lauren’s three-minute thesis here.


  • James said:

    Ah yeah, Lauren you are amazing!

    PMTue, 01 Dec 2020 17:56:36 +0000Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:56:36 +0000pm20,5:56 pm

  • Paul Wilder said:

    Great presentation, Lauren!

    PMTue, 01 Dec 2020 22:04:37 +0000Tue, 01 Dec 2020 22:04:37 +0000pm20,10:04 pm

  • Nichole Segarra said:

    Congratulations Future Dr. Thomas! 🙂

    AMWed, 02 Dec 2020 08:16:27 +0000Wed, 02 Dec 2020 08:16:27 +0000am20,8:16 am

  • Carrie Black said:

    Congratulations, Lauren!!

    AMWed, 02 Dec 2020 08:55:10 +0000Wed, 02 Dec 2020 08:55:10 +0000am20,8:55 am

  • Nicolas Navaro said:

    Amazing news! Congratulations, Lauren!!

    AMWed, 02 Dec 2020 10:52:08 +0000Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:52:08 +0000am20,10:52 am

  • Michelle Ames said:

    Loved your presentation! Congratulations

    PMWed, 02 Dec 2020 13:24:58 +0000Wed, 02 Dec 2020 13:24:58 +0000pm20,1:24 pm

  • Stanton Reed said:

    Congratulations, Lauren!! You are a game changer. Great work.

    PMWed, 02 Dec 2020 23:33:53 +0000Wed, 02 Dec 2020 23:33:53 +0000pm20,11:33 pm

  • Amanda Forth said:

    This is so awesome, Lauren! Congrats =)

    AMThu, 03 Dec 2020 09:38:46 +0000Thu, 03 Dec 2020 09:38:46 +0000am20,9:38 am

  • Terri Graham said:

    Awesome! Congrats Lauren!

    PMThu, 03 Dec 2020 16:12:59 +0000Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:12:59 +0000pm20,4:12 pm

  • Amy Bosley said:

    I enjoyed watching your AMAZING presentation! Congrats, Lauren. I appreciate your leadership both at Valencia and in the broader higher education community.

    AMFri, 04 Dec 2020 08:52:11 +0000Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:52:11 +0000am20,8:52 am

  • Rachel Allen said:

    Congratulations, Lauren! I loved your video and your 3MT. Here's to your continued success in this work!

    PMFri, 04 Dec 2020 14:26:39 +0000Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:26:39 +0000pm20,2:26 pm

  • Nardia Cumberbatch said:

    Congratulations Lauren! Great presentation. Looking forward to more about the opportunity gap.

    AMTue, 08 Dec 2020 11:45:39 +0000Tue, 08 Dec 2020 11:45:39 +0000am20,11:45 am

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