VILLANOVA, Pa. – Alec Tare, a student in Villanova's online Human Resource Development master's program took first place in the University's 2021 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for his presentation, "Training Warehouse Managers to Decrease Turnover." Tare advanced to the Northeast Regional Competition on April 23.
The Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) sponsored this event, which took place virtually on March 26. 3MT is an international competition for master’s and doctoral students to develop and showcase their research communication skills. To be successful, competitors must effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Tare's research into warehouse turnover is directly related to his job as an operations manager at a distribution center. According to Tare, approximately 75% of warehouse workers leave their positions within one year, resulting in great strain on employees and significant cost for employers. His initial research has shown that training programs for warehouse managers can be effective in creating positive work environments and employee retention.
Judges for the Villanova 3MT Competition included Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Emory Woodard, PhD, Dean of CLAS Graduate Studies; and Katherine Kurtz, current doctoral student in Philosophy and past winner of the Villanova 3MT. Judges noted Tare's clear and engaging presentation and his ability to explain the real-world implications of his research.
"For the College and the Office of Graduate Studies, I would like to extend heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to our 3MT participants," said Dean Woodard. "We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity for professional development, public engagement and community development. Each participant has done an excellent job in presenting their research, and I know that Alec will be a tremendous representative of Villanova at the regional competition."
Tare also won the "Audience Choice" award, voted on by those attending the event. Psychology student Katherine Hayes took second place for her presentation, "Warmth and Negativity in Parents of Families Experiencing Homelessness," while Computer Science student Nirajan Koirala took third place for his work, "Adversarial Attacks Against Neural Networks."
Watch the entire event recording here or the individual presentations below.