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The Final Round

Six undergraduate researchers were recognized for their research projects and communication skills at the Texas Student Research Showdown on Nov. 15, 2017. A live audience, including a panel of faculty and student judges, heard six-minute presentations on topics including oil and gas well drilling, the secondhand clothing industry in Uganda, and the perception of those who stutter. The six finalists qualified for the event with creative, attention-grabbing videos that were voted on by the student body.

First Place

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.

Second Place

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.

Third Place

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.

Honorable Mention

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.

Tess Johnson
Speech language pathology junior and IE Pre-Grad intern

  • “Out of the Stuttering Closet: Success through Self-Disclosure”
  • Tess studies how self-disclosure effects communication for people who stutter.

Paul Lee
Mechanical engineering honors senior

  • “Safety Risks of DIY Electric Skateboards”
  • Paul works on improving battery management for electric skateboards.

For more information on the Texas Student Research Showdown or the Office of Undergraduate Research, click here.

Check out past finalists here.