Winners Announced for 2023 Sigma Xi Student Research Showcase

May 16, 2023

For Immediate Release

SRS_2023_winnersRESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NORTH CAROLINA – Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society presented awards for its 2023 Student Research Showcase. The virtual competition included 212 student presentations across 12 disciplinary categories. Monetary awards were given for first and second place winners in the high school, undergraduate, and graduate divisions. Additionally, a people's choice award was given to the presentation with the most likes on the competition website.  

The Student Research Showcase is an annual virtual competition aimed to build students' science communication skills so they can convey the value of their research to technical and nontechnical audiences. Participants submitted abstracts for entry into the competition in early spring. During a month-long evaluation period, students built websites, videos, and slideshows to present their research to a panel of judges and public audiences. Judges' evaluations were based on how well the students communicated enthusiasm for their projects; explained the significance of their research; used text, charts, and diagrams; and responded to questions.

The four top winners with perfect scores will be re-evaluated by judges, with the top overall winner receiving an additional prize on May 22, 2023.

2023 Student Research Showcase Awards:

People's Choice Award

Nobuhiro Komatsuda
Human Behavioral and Social Sciences
School-Related Stressors and Psychosomatic Symptoms

Graduate Division

First Place 
Vana Mahabir

Physiology and Immunology
Porcine Model of Transgender Men and PCOS

Second Place
Tracy Dubin
Human Behavioral and Social Sciences
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Impacting Working Memory

Undergraduate Division

First Place
Joseph Benevento
Environmental Sciences
Abundance and Diversity of Oyster Microbiomes

Second Place
Matthew Franolich
Environmental Sciences
Oyster Pathogen Monitoring Using Third Generation Sequencers

High School Division


First Place (4-way tie)
Cate DeVane
Hydrogel Material Characterization for Targeted Drug-Delivery Technologies

Calvin Matthew
3D Printing Personalized Knee Implants: Novel Biocomputational Models for Meniscus Tear Regeneration

Kaitlyn Wang
Physics & Astronomy
ExoScout: Discovery of the Smallest Ultra-short-period Exoplanets

Christopher Chen & Minghao Zou
Physics & Astronomy
Detecting Faint, Fast-Moving Near-Earth Objects

Second Place
Grace Zhou
Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Non-Invasive Diagnostic for the Detection of Multiple Cancers

Overall Winner—TBD 

More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety