A Celebration of Research Across Disciplines

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows were recognized for their outstanding presentations at the First Annual Graduate + Postdoctoral Research Symposium.
A Celebration of Research Across Disciplines
TED-like Talk Presenters: Alvaro Ruiz Emparanza, Vera Mayo, and Hillary Yip, with Dean Guillermo "Willy" Prado.

Nearly 60 graduate and postdoctoral presenters took on the challenge of communicating their research across disciplinary lines at the inaugural Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium. 

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. The 7 graduate students who won prizes in the poster categories will be invited to present their research in the statewide competition at the Conference of Florida of Graduate Schools on April 17-18, 2019.  
Full list of awards:

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 a full list of presenters and abstracts, click here.

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