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Threesis Winners! Congratulations Chris Cappelluti and Roy Schwartz!

Draper students took first place and runner up in the second annual Threesis Challenge last Saturday!
Chris Cappelluti won the $1000 grand prize for presenting his thesis
“The Dual Ulysses Tradition”
Roy Schwartz handily gained the runner-up spot with
“Is Superman Circumcised? The (Secret) Jewish Identities of Superheroes”
We’d also like to congratulate, once again, all the Draper students who participated — Homa Zaryouni, Kevin McKouen, Sam Belkin, Theresa D’Andrea, and Yun Emily Wang, who made it to the final found with her thesis: “Noisy-hot: the Sociopolitical Ramifications of Taiwanese Noise Ideologies.”

Well played, Draperites! We are bursting with pride!

Threesis Reminder! This Saturday at Kimmel! Free Wine and Cheese!

The GSAS Threesis Academic Challenge hosted by the Graduate School of Arts and Science Master’s College is this Saturday!!!

As you know, seven of our very own Draperites will be competing to get into this final round. Come support all the Threesis Competitors and vote for the recipient of the audience choice award.

Saturday, March 31st – Final Round begins at 4:00 PM.
Doors open at 3:30 PM.

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life,
60 Washington Square South, Fourth Floor, New York, NY

Please RSVP for this event through the link below

A wine and cheese reception will follow. This event will have an audience choice award worth $750 in prize money, so you being there will have a direct impact on the event’s outcome. Please come out to support students from across the Graduate School.

Check out last year’s event’s highlights and winning presentations here: http://gsas.nyu.edu/object/gsas.masterscollege.thethreesischallenge

Seven Draper Students Competing in the NYU Threesis Challenge, 3/31

The Draper Program is proud to be the most-represented program in the upcoming Threesis Challenge! Our students will be competing against other NYU MA students for a grand prize of $2,500.

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: Final Round begins at 4:00pm. Doors open at 3:30pm.
Location: Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 401
You can see more information about the Threesis Challenge and RSVP here: http://gsas.nyu.edu/object/gsas.threesis2012.rsvp

Your fellow Draperite competitors, and the thesis projects they’ll be presenting are:

Christopher Cappelluti
Joyce & Dante: The Politics of Filiation

Homa Zaryouni
Time and Narrative in Three Persian Novels

Kevin McKouen
Institutional Destructiveness: Corporate Ethics and Responsibility through Changes in Organizational Behavior

Roy Schwartz
Is Superman Circumcised? The Hero in Jewish Literature from the Bible to Comic Books

Sam Belkin
The Birth of Music out of the Spirit of Dionysus

Theresa D’Andrea
The Architecture of Fear: Claustrophobia & Confinement in Horror Film

Yun Emily Wang
Noisy-hot: the Sociopolitical Ramifications of Taiwanese Noise Ideologies

Congratulations, Draperites! We wish you all the best in the competition!

Notes from Draper’s Recent MA Thesis Workshop

Draper student, Chris Iverson, took some detailed notes at Draper’s recent MA Thesis Workshop that he was kind enough to share. We hope they will be helpful to many of you.

You’ll see that both Steve and Theresa, who led the workshop, mention that Draper has a collection of award-winning and -nominated theses. It’s true! We do! If you haven’t heard of or seen it yet, please feel free to come take a look. The theses are housed in rm 107 and are available to browse during office hours (M-F, 9-5). You can read them at Draper or check a couple out for a week or so. As Steve and Theresa point out, this can be a great resource when it comes to writing/formulating your own thesis.

If anyone has additional notes from this workshop that they’d be willing to share, we’d love to post them to the listserv in addition to Chris’s excellent overview, below.

Please email notes to draper.program@nyu.edu.


Draper Thesis Workshop 2/24/12

·Draper has a collection of award-winning and -nominated theses to read.

oThis might help with format.

·A thesis topic should relate to where you’ve been and/or where you are going.

oDraw on previous research or design the thesis to help in future work.

·Three starting points might help when considering a topic:


oData/types of sources


Steve Moga’s Talking Points

·Pick something that motivates you.

oIf your topic does not interest you, this will be painful.

·Write all the way through.

oDo not collect data and wait to write. You may forget some context or lose steam.

·Be in communication with your advisor.

·Think about the thesis in the simplest possible way (elevator speech). It helps to think about a title to keep on track.

·In the planning stages, it helps to set a deadline and work backwards. This is a way to get an vision of what the finished thesis should look like and break it up into more doable parts.

Theresa MacPhail’s Talking Points

·Writing is thinking.

oFreewriting is a valuable parctice when “stuck.”

oIdea mapping gives the material a physical dimension.

·Reverse outlining can help organize

oTaking a written passage and notating the margins can help find the stucture hidden in a written text. This allows for organizing at a basic level .

·Do not start at the beginning!

oThe thesis or topic may not become clear until the bulk of the paper is written and organized.

·Look at other papers and “steal” the format.

oLike, for example, see Draper’s collection of award-winning and -nominated theses.

·Have a friend or other educated reader take a look at the text to make sure that it does what you want it to do. If another intelligent reader cannot follow the logic, then it may not be organized properly.

·Write a one-sentence thesis statement to help simplify the idea that will make the core of the argument.

·Don’t be afraid to “kill your babies.” In other words, you may have to delete blocks of great text if they prove tangential and do not return to your topic.

oA way to make this less painful is to cut and paste “outtakes” into another file so thay are not lost forever. They may even prove helpful for a future project.

Spring 2012 Thesis Workshop

Save the Date!
Master’s Thesis Workshop
Friday, February 24
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Led by Professors Theresa MacPhail and Steven Moga

This workshop is primarily intended for students who are in the early phases of thesis preparation, but also for those at later stages of the process. Students will receive guidance on how to refine their topics and narrow the scope of their theses, and on some of the basic mechanics of writing up their work.

RSVP’s are appreciated–call 212.998.8070 or email draper.program@nyu.edu to let us know if you’ll be attending.