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.