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You are invited to attend The Graduate School's Ready, Set, Research! Competition as part of Graduate Student Appreciation Week. During this competition, 42 graduate students will present their research in 3 minutes or less as they compete for cash prizes! What happens if a presentation goes beyond 3 minutes?? DISQUALIFICATION!

Time: 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Main Campus, University Center North, Retama Auditorium

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


·  Mary Dixson, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Faculty Services, UTSA Libraries

·  Matthew Martinez, Doctoral Candidate, Applied Demography; Spring 2014 Ready, Set, Research doctoral winner

·  Michelle "Mickey" Stevenson, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity, Research Integrity/Compliance


The top three Masters and Doctoral competitors will receive a stipend award of $1500 (first place), $750 (second place), and $500 (third place). Two additional competitors will be voted on by students for People's Choice, with a $100 gift card. Show up and cheer on your classmates to help them win some money! Refreshments will be provided and audience members have the chance to win door prizes throughout the afternoon. For additional information, visit the Ready, Set, Research! Competition page.

Since light refreshments will be offered, we encourage you to RSVP to this event. Please note that an RSVP does not commit you to attending the entire event. RSVP here.

Email John Shaffer at


12:30 - 12:50 pm Opening of Competition

12:50 - 2:30 pm


Master’s Presentations

2:30 - 2:40 pm



2:40 - 4:15 pm

 Doctoral Presentations

4:15 - 4:45 pm


Judges Deliberate

4:45 - 5:00 pm


Winners Announced, Photos

Competitors and Research Topics:
Master's Competitors:
1.  Ksenia Nation, Architecture: Living in color
2.  Mark Beck, Psychology: Measuring Responses to Social Anxiety
3.  J Welch, Mechanical Engineering: Distributed nondestructive analysis data collection from unmanned aerial platforms
4.  Steven Stelly, Health & Kinesiology: Effect of prior acute cold exposure on resting energy expenditures
5.  Muharrem Kaya, Architecture: Energy efficient residential designs in three different climate zones in turkey
6.  Victoria Barbosa Olivo, Psychology: "The extended parental self" investigating parental spending in regards to gender of a child
7.  Matthew Martinez, Social Work: What is the meaning of permanency? Adding unheard voices to the mix
8.  Barbara Warren, Architecture: Balance to the city/mixed-income living
9.  Sandra Montalbo, Architecture: Architectural design and the environmental psychological effects in the context of sustainability: 1221 Broadway a multifamily story
10.  Kasey Girven, Biology: Sub-Second Dopamine Release in Behaving Animals
11.  Anil Suwal, Civil Engineering: Migration of collapse risk in vulnerable concrete buildings
12.  Gianluca Zanella, Management of Technology: Cultural context and self-efficacy effect on the entrepreneurial intent
13.  Jessica Devio, Anthropology: Did the Maya consume manioc? Starch grain analysis as a tool to uncover the function of artifacts from Xunantunich, Belize
14.  Rachel Hicks, Music: Effects of ventilator muscle training on vocal performance
15.  Morgan Helfrich-Dennis, Geoscience: Isotopic interpretation of mid-Cretaceous carbonate sediments from southeastern Arizona
16.  Gordon Russo, Clinical Mental Health Counseling: The implementation of qeeg-guided neurofeedback in the treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders
17.  Lily Casura, Social Work: Internet survey of women veterans re: housing instability post-military service
18.  Elaine Bretschneider, Social Work: Mental health in early childhood
Doctoral Competitors:
1.  Victoria Ingalls, Anthropology: The quadripartite badge in ancient Maya iconography as an expression of liminality and power
2.  Negar Farmani, Electrical Engineering: Tracking multiple mobile targets using cooperative unmanned aerial vehicles
3.  Rachel Smallwood, Biomedical Engineering: The effects of chronic pain and opioid addiction on brain function
4.  Mirunalini Thirugnanasambandam, Biomedical Engineering: Rupture risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
5.  Moustafa Saleh, Computer Science: Cybersecurity
6.  Renee Foyou, Counselor Education and Supervision: The stories of caregiver wives of combat injured army service members: A narrative approach
7.  Carl Larsson, Finance: Shine a light: Exposing the dark side of mortgage finance
8.  Abed Motasemi, Mechanical Engineering: Diagnosis and characterizing of brain tumors using image monitoring and mathematical modeling
9.  Anna Boeck, Environmental Science and Engineering: Potential shift in the vegetative distribution along meandering rivers in the southern Appalachians due to climate change
10.  Kelli Bippert, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Digital dimensions: Student engagement with online media
11.  Lydia Light, Anthropology: Life at the extreme: Behavioral flexibility among wild white-handed gibbons
12.  Prosunjit Biswas, Computer Science: Where is my privacy?
13.  Stacy Lynn Speedlin, Counselor Education and Supervision: Predictors for counselor preparation towards the workforce
14.  Patrick Ketter, Cell and Molecular Biology: Contribution of the gut in emergence of superbugs
15.  Deepti Kharod, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Nature education for young children
16.  Tangila Ahmed, Electrical Engineering: Communication for future grid
17.  Alexis Bouquet, Physics and Astronomy: Finding hot spots in an alien world
18.  Alyssa Petko, Neurobiology: Regulation of dopamine neuron firing rate by glutamatergic inputs
19.  Soomin Christopher Song, Neurobiology: Resonance:  the language of neurons
20.  Monica Yndo, Psychology: "But I wasn't trying to hurt them." Considering context in the identifying inmate partner violence
21.  Deeksha Munjal, Business Administration: Job application evaluation: Falsification and likability
22.  Milena Melo, Anthropology: Enacting life: Dialysis among low-income undocumented immigrants in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands
23.  Daniela Conceicao da Silva, Bicultural-Bilingual Studies: English language teachers' perspectives on culture
Questions? Email John Shaffer at



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