An important practice of graduate researchers is sharing their work with others in the academic community. The UTEP Graduate Student Research Expo is an annual event that offers graduate students the opportunity to present their research in a local academic conference environment. In addition to a conference, the Expo is also a competition, where prizes go to top presentations. This unique element encourages the critical component of mentorship, as faculty serve as both judges, as they evaluate student presentations, and as mentors, as they offer students important feedback about their work and presentation style. The Expo is an all-day event that each year includes a key note address from a renowned national scholar. Ultimately, the Expo is an excellent venue that showcases the quality of research that is being conducted by our graduate students and their faculty mentors, as UTEP is poised to become a national research university with a 21st century student demographic. The Graduate Student Research Expo is funded by UTEP's PUENTES program, made possible by a grant from the US Department of Higher Education through the "Promoting Postbaccalaurate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans" Program.
We would like to thank everyone who made our Annual Graduate Student Research Expo a success. We received many positive comments about the high quality of students' presentations. Our graduate student volunteers were amazing as they kept the Expo running smoothly and efficiently. And our faculty judges were the best! Faculty from across many different disciplines volunteered their time to serve as judges and mentors to our graduate student presenters. These kinds of symbiotic connections were the basis of this successful event and hopefully, a meaningful learning experience for all involved.
Our winners for best presentation in each discipline at the 2014 Expo were:
Best Oral Presentation
Trophic Transfer of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles Along a Terrestrial Food Chain: An Ecological Risk
Best Poster Presentation
Using Constrained Optimization to Improve 2- and 3-Dimensional Earth Structure Models Through Gravity Anomalies
Click here to view a PDF of the EXPO's booklet.