Competition Results


1st Place: Sofia Sweeney

  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Spanish
  • Department of Global Languages and Cultures
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Advisor: Yuly Asencion-Delaney, Ph.D.
  • Presentation Title: Instagram as a Second Language Vocabulary Learning Tool

2nd Place: Samantha Reznik

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Clinical Psychology Concentration
  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Arizona
  • Advisor: John B. Allen, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology
  • Presentation Title: Developing a new intervention for treatment-resistant depression

3rd Place: Lora Key

  • Doctor of Philosophy in History
  • Department of History
  • University of Arizona
  • Advisors: Katherine Morrissey, Ph.D., and Tyina Steptoe, Ph.D
  • Presentation Title: Mexican Americans in the World War II Era

People's Choice: Alexis Okurily

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Advisors: Tarang Jain, PT, Ph.D., DPT and Valerie Carter, PT, DPT, NCS
  • Presentation Title: Changing How Care is Delivered: Exercise is Medicine in Parkinson’s Disease


1st Place: Uzma Tahir

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University
  • Advisor: Kiisa Nishikawa, Ph.D.
  • Presentation Title: Emulating Biological Movement Using a Robotic Prosthesis

2nd Place: Alex Chibly

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cancer Biology, Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Cancer Biology, University of Arizona
  • Advisor: Kirsten Limesand, Ph.D.
  • Presentation Title: Saving lives one salivary gland at a time

3rd Place: Christopher Lanterman

  • Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Teaching and Learning, Northern Arizona University
  • Advisor: Karen Applequist, Ph.D.
  • Presentation Title: Seeing Disability Differently…by Design

People’s Choice: Paloma Gutierrez Castillo

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Arizona State University
  • Advisor: Juan Lopez, Ph.D.
  • Presentation Title: Inertial Waves in Rotating Fluids