Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium

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The Graduate School hosted the first university-wide Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Shalala Student Center on the Coral Gables Campus. 

The format included poster and oral presentations, a keynote speaker, and an awards ceremony. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend this half-day symposium, celebrating creativity, innovation, and scientific discovery across all disciplines.

One of the highlights of the symposium was the keynote address by renowned speaker Mary Woolley, President of Research!America. Woolley's presentation, "Your Role in Winning Hearts and Minds for Science", centered on how everyone, not only scholars, can advocate in support of research.

A total of 14 presenters, three postdoctoral fellows and 11 graduate students, were awarded monetary prizes for their outstanding presentations. 
 

Full list of winners

Poster Presentations
  • Health & Life Sciences
    • Winner: Hallie Quiroz, Postdoctoral Fellow in Vascular Research
    • Winner: Morgan Gianola, Ph.D. Student in Psychology
    • Runner-up: Natalia de la Oliva Muñoz, Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience 
  • Engineering & Physical Sciences
    • Winner: Nima Hosseinzadeh Nanehkaran, Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering 
    • Runner-up: Yusuf Secerdin, Ph.D. Student in Industrial Engineering
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences
    • Winner: Vanesa Mora Ringle, Ph.D. Student in Psychology
    • Runner-up: Estefany Saez Flores, Ph.D. Student in Psychology
  • Arts & Humanities
    • Winner: Victor Rubio, Master's Student in Music Education
    • Runner-up: Lorena Knezevic, Master's Student in Architecture
  • People’s Choice: Babak Vafaei, Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering
Oral Presentations
  • Risk & Resilience Session: Judith Lobo, Ph.D. Student in Psychology 
  • Ecosystem Science Session: Maria Cartolano, Postdoctoral Fellow in Marine Biology and Ecology 
  • Advancing Biomedical Research Session: Mirza Muhammad Fahd Qadir, Ph.D. Student in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology 
TED-like Talks
  • Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza, Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering

 

For event pictures, click here.

For a full list of presenters and abstracts, click here.

For the full video of the keynote address and Ted-like Talk Presentations, click here.