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2016 Research Showdown Winners Announced

Six undergraduate researchers were recognized for their research projects and communication skills at the Texas Student Research Showdown on Nov. 15, 2016. A live audience, including a panel of faculty and student judges, heard six-minute presentations on topics including oil spill cleanup, engagement with the arts, and language processing in children. The six finalists qualified for the event with creative, attention-grabbing videos that were voted on by the student body.

Watch the final presentations from the 2016 Texas Student Research Showdown.

First place

Karan Jerath

  • Petroleum engineering sophomore
  • Karan has created a separation device that has the potential to control an oil spill in the subsea environment.

Second place

Julia Caswell

  • Julia designed, implemented, and studied the engagement of an audio walk in an art museum.

Third place

Joy Youwakim

  • Through her research, Joy makes recommendations for future agricultural decisions in order to combat hunger and the effects of climate change.

Honorable mention

Keun-woo Lee

  • Neuroscience senior and Intellectual Entrepreneurship pre-grad intern
  • Keun-woo explored differences in neural activation during a language task correlated with phonological awareness for children of low and high socioeconomic status.

Nathan Wong

  • Physics and philosophy senior
  • Nathan has sought to optimize scanning tunneling microscope and atomic force microscope systems for measurements in low temperature, vacuum environments.

Majd Alabandi

  • Mechanical engineering senior
  • Majd’s research is about developing a friendly haptic user interface to give users a real nanofabrication experience.