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The Final Round

The voting and judging process has concluded for the 2017 Texas Student Research Showdown. Six finalists, as selected by student votes and a panel of judges, will move on to the final round, where they will give 6-minute research presentations to a live audience on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302). The panel of judges will award scholarship prizes for 1st ($1,500), 2nd ($750), and 3rd ($250) place. Prizes will be awarded based on communication skill and the merit of the research.

We are happy to announce that the following finalists will continue to the Nov. 15 final round event. In addition, Tess Johnson — the winner of the Showdown audience award as determined by student votes — will also receive an iPad.


Thomas Dougherty
Mechanical engineering senior
“Making Waves with Bluetooth”
Thomas works on using patterns in Bluetooth signals to control elements of the user’s environment
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Zaria El-Fil
Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies sophomore
“Exploring Uganda’s Secondhand Clothing Industry”
Zaria examines how the globalized secondhand clothing industry impacts the culture and economy of Uganda.
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Mitchell Johnson
Mechanical engineering senior
“Automated Drilling Fluid Property Measurement”
Mitchell aims to improve oil and gas well drilling by automating measurements of fluid pressure.
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Tess Johnson
Speech language pathology junior
“Out of the Stuttering Closet: Success through Self-Disclosure”
Tess studies how self-disclosure effects communication for people who stutter.
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Paul Lee
Mechanical engineering honors senior
“Safety Risks of DIY Electric Skateboards”
Paul works on improving battery management for electric skateboards.
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Min Ji Son
Biology and sociology senior
“Inheritance of EDC effects”
Min Ji studies the ways that endocrine-disrupting chemicals effect individuals and their offspring.
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For more information on the Texas Student Research Showdown or the Office of Undergraduate Research, click here.

Check out past finalists here.