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Master of Public Health Student Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Adrian Rodriguez presents his thesis at the Three Minute Thesis Competition.
Adrian Rodriguez presents his thesis at the Three Minute Thesis Competition.

The School of Public and Population Health is excited to congratulate Master of Public Health student Adrian Rodriguez on winning first place at both the Boise State University and statewide Three Minute Thesis competitions.

Rodriguez presented his thesis, “Improving Hispanic Family Caregiver Projects: Identifying How Unique Barriers and Cultural Values Influence Service Utilization and Caregiver Roles.” The Three Minute Thesis competition challenges graduate students to present their thesis or dissertation topic in just three minutes and a single slide. Rodriguez competed against 15 other Boise State graduate students and 12 others at the statewide competition.

A graduate research assistant and bilingual family caregiver navigator with the Family Caregiver Navigator (FCN) and the Center for the Study of Aging, Rodriguez’s research aims to identify how public health programs have successfully implemented public health interventions within Hispanic populations.

In order to address minority health disparities, Rodriguez said public health and other health professionals must consider the unique barriers and cultural values of Hispanic communities and other minority groups.

For Rodriguez, the most exciting part of the competition was the sense of graduate camaraderie.

It was motivating to be surrounded by such talent, hard work and positive energy,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez’s statewide first place finish will also took him to the regional Three Minute Thesis competition to compete with graduate students across the western United States March 28. Rodriguez took second place at the competition and will present at the national conference this summer in Denver. 

Learn more here about the university Three Minute Thesis competition.