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IE Citizen Scholars Hosts Seventh Annual Research Contest

By Jessica Sinn

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The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Citizen Scholars
, IE’s student organization, hosted its sixth annual Research Contest for students of all disciplines on Friday, April 20 as part of the university’s Research Week.

The contest provides current, former and prospective IE Pre Grad Interns the opportunity to showcase their research, ambitions and aspirations. A total of 10 students were accepted to present their research and all were eligible to win prizes.

Several of UT’s colleges and schools were represented, including the College of Liberal Arts, the Moody College of Communications and the College of Natural Sciences.

The winners:

  • First Place ($300): Priscilla Lozano (communications studies senior); research title: “Relationship Maintenance”
  • Second Place ($150): Hadiqa Zafar (chemistry junior); research title: “Supramolecular Chemistry”
  • Third Place ($125): Isabel Cachola (mathematics junior); research title: “Demographic and Sentiment Analysis of Vulgarity in Social Media”
  • Fourth ($100): Elizabeth Gabriel (rhetoric and writing/RTF senior); research title: “Homelessness in Austin”
  • Fifth ($75): Samantha Farmer (history and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies junior); research title: “Women’s Activism in Austin in the 1960s.”

Honorable Mentions ($50):

  • Jessica Kim (neuroscience senior); research title: “Biomechanics (Biomedical Engineering)”
  •  Madhav Narayan (computer science junior); research title: “Computational Linguistics”
  • Natalie Regennitter (sustainability studies junior); research title: “Perception of Hydrologic
    Variability in the Okavango Delta of Botswana”