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2020 Research Showdown Winners Announced

On March 10, the Office of Undergraduate Research announced the winners of the fifth annual Texas Student Research Showdown, a research communication competition. Participants created two-minute videos to explain their research and creative activity to a general audience. A panel of 15 judges scored the videos on their ability to capture an audience’s attention, tell a narrative, convey rigorous scholarship, and target a general audience. More than 1,500 current UT undergraduates also voted for an audience award winner.

This year’s event featured 43 videos from 62 students competing in two categories: science/technology/engineering and arts/humanities/social sciences. Videos included several team submissions, submissions from previous participants who took advantage of the opportunity to improve their work, and videos from students whose work has involved international travel and cooperation. The winning videos received awards generously funded by a gift from Kimberly and Scott Martin.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Winners

First Place ($2000)
Mariel Calara, communication and leadership senior; Sophia Luongo, anthropology and Italian senior; Collin Ma, mechanical engineering senior; and Julia McNulty, public health senior

Second Place ($750)
Naseem Shafaei, speech-language pathology senior

Honorable Mentions
Ely German, studio art sophomore

Austin Ali, music composition and Plan II senior

Michael Sanchez, Plan II senior; Anastasiya Byelousova, Plan II senior; Parth Gupta, computational engineering and Plan II senior; and Lyndsey Wang, history and Plan II senior

Science, Technology, and Engineering Winners

First Place ($2000)
Maxx Wilson, mechanical engineering honors senior; and Seong Hyo Ahn, mechanical engineering senior

Second Place ($750)
Philip Tan, electrical engineering honors senior

Honorable Mentions
Jiayin Li, biology senior

Hannah McChesney, biology and Plan II senior

Abby Rex, biology honors junior; and Tien Nguyen, biology honors junior

Thomas Quintero, geological sciences senior

Audience Award ($1000)
Robbie Hutton, chemical engineering senior; Amanda Macfarlane, public relations and textiles and apparel senior; Heny Patel, chemical engineering senior; Mamadou Balde, chemical engineering senior; Andrea Gonzalez, chemical engineering senior; and Iann Karamali, mechanical engineering and humanities senior

Winners of the 2020 Undergraduate Research Showdown