Ready, Set, Research! Competition

Date:  Thursday, March 27
Time:  1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:  Main Campus, University Room (BB 2.06.04)

On Thursday, March 27, The Graduate School will host the bi-annual Ready, Set, Research! Competition. During this competition, 35 graduate students will present their research in… wait for it… 3 minutes or less! What happens if a presentation goes beyond 3 minutes? DISQUALIFICATION!  Not good when serious money is at stake!

Competitors will be judged in a variety of areas by our three esteemed judges:

  • Carla Pezzia, Ph.D. - UTSA Alumni and 2009-2010 Graduate Student Association President
  • Jan McKinney, M.ED. - Director of Communications, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Michelle Stevenson, Ph.D. - Assistant Vice President, Integrity Compliance

The top two Masters and Doctoral competitors will receive a cash award of $1000 (first place) and $750 (second place). Two additional competitors will be voted on by students for People’s Choice, with an award of $500 each. Show up and cheer on your classmates to help them win some money!  Refreshments will be provided.


  • 1:30 pm – 1:45 pm:  Welcome and Explanation of Rules
  • 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm:  Master’s Students Compete
  • 2:45 pm  3:00 pm:  Break
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm:  Doctoral Students Compete
  • 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm:  Reception and Awards




  1. Fiona Foster, History
    Elsie Englis and the Scottish Women's Hospitals
  2. Brian O'Grady, Biology
    Cancer Therapeutics
  3. Amelia White, History
    Military Medicine:  Healing During the Texas Revolution
  4. Micah Bland, Choral Conducting
    Visual Expression and its Effects on Musical Perception in the Choral Ensemble
  5. A.J. Delgado, Health & Kinesiology
     Military Health, Clinical Psychology, LGBTQ Studies
  6. Victoria Benavidez, Anthropology
    Obesity and the Built Environment
  7. Dawn Shedd, History
    Exchange of Medical Knowledge Between American Indians and Americans from the Colonial Period through the 19th Century
  8. Shervin Jahanian, Biomedical Engineering
    An AuNR Aptasensor Based Biosensor
  9. Nicole Bell, Social Work
    Preventing Teen Dating Violence
  10. Michele Sleighel, Communication
    Organizational Communication
  11. Cristina Martinez-Smith, Counseling
    Bilingualism in Counseling
  12. Argon Gruber, Philosophy
    Epistemology - Time


  1. Hong Zhou, Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching
    I'll Learn but Don't Lecture Me
  2. Marton Gergely, Information Systems
    Software Piracy
  3. Hossein Roshani, Environmental Science and Engineering
    Applying Piezoceramics in the Pavement to Produce Electricity
  4. Kelli Bippert, Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching
    Identity Construction in Education
  5. Jason York, Mechanical Engineering
    Peridynamic Modeling of Fluid Driven Fracture
  6. Guillermo Naranjo, Physics and Astronomy
    Peanut Allergen Detection by the Usage of Metamaterials in THz
  7. Maria Haiyasoso, Counselor Education and Supervision
    Counselors' Experience Working with Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse and With Their Nonoffending Caregivers
  8. Pushpa Raj Pudasaini, Physics and Astronomy
    Low-Cost, High Efficiency, Flexible Photovoltaic Device
  9. Andrew Voorhees, Biomedical Engineering
    Understanding the Biological Determinants of Cardiac Mechanics Post Myocardial Infarction
  10. Erin Doran, Educational Leadership
    Constructing Developmental Education
  11. Kristin Wilborn, Psychology
    The Effects of Discrimination in Inflammation
  12. Emily Clark, Chemistry
    Splitting Water with Light
  13. Don Davis, Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching
    Tangible Programming
  14. Itay Raphael, Cell and Molecular Biology
    Identification of Potential Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets for Multiple Sclerosis by M2-proteomics
  15. Damon Cardenas, Biomedical Engineering
    MRI of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment in Ischemic Stroke in Rats
  16. Linda Nagore, Chemistry
    Transcription Factor Purification Using Directed Proteomics
  17. Rebecca Adeigbe, Applied Demography
    Cancer Survivorship
  18. Sommer Kapitan, Marketing
    Poorer Decisions: Impoverished Sellers are Susceptible to Pricing Biases
  19. Sarah Roche, Marketing
    The More You Spend, the More You Save:  When the Consumption Constrained Abandon Their Inhibitions
  20. Justin Garcia, Biomedical Engineering
    Vein Disease
  21. Aekyoung Kim, Marketing
    Hormonal Influences on Women's Financial Decision
  22. Matthew Martinez, Applied Demography
    Teacher's Perception of Student Behavior and Student Racial Composition
  23. Carl Larson, Finance
    Solving the MBS Incentives Problem



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