I ran across an intriguing tweet the other day daring people to present a 3 emoji thesis.
I’ve actually competed in a 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition before. I made it into the 10 ten finalists of Iowa State University’s Graduate College Three-Minute Thesis Competition in November 2017. Distilling my entire thesis into a 3 minute talk with only one static slide was challenging! (Check out the video of the finals below, I’m up at 18:05)
Taking that to the extreme by completely boiling my thesis down to just 3 EMOJIS? No, that’s not possible. My research project is way to complex and interdisciplinary…
But the challenge of it sparked my interest and I couldn’t stop thinking about how I would parse down my thesis to its very essence.
What is the very heart of my research?
Well, that one was easy. I study stormwater in cities and it’s effect on streams and our water quality, on flooding, and the alteration of the global hydrologic cycle.
Where is my research focused?
Again, that one was pretty easy because I specifically study urban ecosystems and environments.
But there’s one other crucial component to my research.
That is people. I study the human side of stormwater management in cities. How to encourage participation and engagement in environmental issues. I study how to link the biophysical aspects of urban stormwater management with the sociological aspects.
There you have it, my 3 emoji thesis: 💧 🏡🙋.
It is kind of amazing how accurately that little string of emojis actually does summarize my PhD. Of course there is so much more to my thesis than just that (💡📈📉🌳🌼🍃🚗🚚🚲🚧🌎🗺⛈🌪🌤🌨🌞🌡❄☔🌊💨🕳♻❗💲🗨👁🗨🕑🕗🕝🐶🐟🐛👧👵👮✍👂📢🔬⚙⚗📞🖱🖨⌨💡📗📑📖💰🗓📊🕰) but that’s for anther post 😉