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2020 Student Research Showcase Results

May 26, 2020

Student Research Showcase logoApproximately 200 students presented their research online in Sigma Xi's competition, The Student Research Showcase. The competition builds students' science communication skills so they can convey the value of their research to technical and nontechnical audiences. 

Presenters submitted websites containing an abstract, video, and slideshow. Judges critiqued how well the students communicated enthusiasm for their projects; explained the significance of their research; used text, charts, and diagrams; and responded to questions. 

People's Choice Award

Voting opens tomorrow, May 27, for the People's Choice Award. The public votes for the winner of this award, based on the merit of the presentation's video. All presenters are eligible to win up to $250. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on May 31. The winner will be announced on June 1. See the 2020 presentations to make your selection. 

Top Presenters

The judges have made their selections for the 2020 division winners and top presenters by section.

High School Division Winner ($500 Award)

Zoe Gotthold, Richland High School
Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Division Winner ($500 Award)

Kylee Amos, University of Idaho
Human Behavioral & Social Sciences

Graduate Division Winner (Tie, Each Student Receives a $500 Award)

Regan Miller, Oakland University
Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Alfredo Valencia, Harvard University
Cell Biology and Biochemistry

Overall Top Presenter (Additional $500 Award)

The three division winners were eligible. 

Zoe Gotthold, Richland High School
Environmental Sciences

Top Presenters by Discipline

Agriculture, Soil, and Natural Resources
Kayla Eason, University of Georgia

Cell Biology and Biochemistry
Jessie Gan, San Diego Jewish Academy

Jaynie Curzi, American Heritage School Boca Delray

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Alice Feng, The Harker School

Kanav Mittal, Saint Francis High School

Environmental Sciences
Elle Wibisono, University of Rhode Island

Human Behavioral and Social Sciences
Ansel LaPier, Central Valley High School

Math and Computer Science
William Boultinghouse, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Marlie Kahan, Pine Crest School

Physics and Astronomy
Maya Beleznay, Pine Crest School

Physiology and Immunology
Ella Kasanga, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Top division and discipline presenters will receive a certificate of recognition. Congratulations to all participants. For more details about this competition, visit the Student Research Showcase page