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GradEXPO & 3MT


For 2023-24, GradExpo has been tentatively scheduled for the Spring semester.

The UTEP GradExpo is an annual opportunity for graduate students to share their work, hone their professional skills, and get valuable feedback. In addition to these opportunities to present in a professional environment, the event includes refreshments throughout, lunch, a keynote, and additional options for professional networking. Poster proposals from all disciplines are welcome.


Participants may propose individually or as a group
Participants must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in Fall 2022 at UTEP
Participants selected to present are expected to attend the keynote whether they are selected for a morning session or the afternoon poster session


To apply, students submit a proposal that includes their research poster title, abstract, and preferred session for presenting.

The Graduate School welcomes proposals from all academic and creative disciplines. (The application period has now closed. Join us next year as a presenter!)

GradExpo 2022 Highlights

For more information email:

Nov. 9 2022, Tomás Rivera Conference Center


9:00am-9:30am -

Participant check in and poster session #1 set up.
(Coffee and pastries provided)

9:30am-10:30am -

Poster Session #1

10:30am-11:00pm -

Session #2 Participant check in and poster set up
(Coffee and pastries provided)

11:00am-12:00pm -

Poster Session #2

12:00pm-1:30pm -

Provided lunch for participants

1:30pm-2:30pm -

Keynote Speaker Presentation

2:30pm-3:00pm -

Session #3 Participant check in and poster set up
(Coffee and cookies provided)

3:00pm-4:00pm -

Poster session #3

4:00pm-5:00pm -

Networking reception for GradExpo and 3MT participants, judges, and invited guests (Union East)

5:00pm - 6:30pm -

3MT Finals Competition and GradExpo Awards Announcement (TRCC)
(GradExpo participants encouraged to attend)

The Three Minute Thesis* (3MT) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by graduate students around the world.

Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The competition supports their capacity to explain their research effectively in three minutes and in a language appropriate for a non-specialist audience. Participants have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their dissertation or thesis and its significance.

3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or “dumbing-down” research; it challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries and present them concisely to a non-specialist audience.

* While “thesis” generally refers to master’s-level research projects in the U.S., the term includes doctoral dissertations in much of the world.

For more information email:

Due to low interest, UTEP’s 2023 3MT competition for fall has been placed on hiatus.


3MT Info Session

(optional) — ­Wednesday, October 18, 20­22, 3:30-4:30pm (MT)


Next Competition: Fall 2024

RSVP for 3MT as an Attendee


UTEP 3MT is open to post-candidacy PhD & EdD students and post-proposal MA/MS students completing a thesis.
The UTEP 3MT committee may approve the participation of other advanced students completing major research projects at the request of the faculty advisor.
Participants will have successfully defended their thesis proposal or attained candidacy  by October 30, 2023
In the event a student defends or reaches candidacy after prelims, their invitation to the final exhibition is contingent on their successful defense.
The application for this year's 3MT competition has closed. Join us next year as a competitor!

To participate

Eligible students must first participate in a preliminary competition in order to receive an invitation to the final competition.

See winning examples of the 3MT. Click here

See the 3MT competitor guide. Click here


People's Choice


A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
No electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are allowed
No added props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are allowed.
Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
Presentations are to be spoken-word (e.g., no poems, raps or songs).
Presentations are to start from the stage.
Presentations are considered to have begun when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension & Content

 Did the presentation supply an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
 Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
 Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
Was the thesis topic, key results, research significance, and outcomes communicated in language right to a non-specialist audience?
Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology, and supply adequate background information to illustrate points?
Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?


Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
Did the presenter capture and keep their audience's attention?
Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range, keep a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation–was it clear, legible, and concise?

3MT Official Status and Regional Participation

The University of Queensland’s global 3MT program recognizes UTEP’s 3MT competition. The first-place winner of UTEP’s 3MT is eligible to present at the Western Association of Graduate Schools 3MT competition in March 2023. (Exact date/time TBD).

If the first-place winner is unable to attend, the runner up will be eligible to compete on behalf of UTEP.


GradExpo and 3MT Info Session Fall 2022

Watch Session

Fall 2022 UTEP 3MT Finals Recording

Fall 2021 UTEP 3MT Finals Recording

Spring 2021 UTEP 3MT Finals Recording


 Congratulations to all past & present #utep3MT Finalists & Winners!

Previous Winners

Top 6 Research Poster Winners

Oscar Acosta
Electrical & Computer Engineering (PhD)
Jehu Apaflo
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (PhD)
Elisa Floristan
Visiting Student from Spain, Center for Inter-American Border Studies (PhD)
Joshua Labadah
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (PhD)
Jorge Mayo
Environmental Sciences (MS)
Arianna Villegas
Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Fall Finalists & Winners:

Aruna Narayanan Nair

1st Place & People's Choice 

Chemistry (PhD) Sreeprasad Sreenivasan, Mentor
Rachel Phillips
2nd Place

Geological Sciences (PhD)

Benjamin Brunner, Mentor
Marisol Dominguez
Finalist Geological Sciences (PhD) Hugo Gutierrez, Mentor
Yohannes Getahun
Finalist Environmental Science & Engineering(PhD) Ahmed El-Gendy, Mentor

Jagadish Paudel

Finalist Rhetoric & Composition (PhD) Beth Brunk-Chavez, Mentor
Shengjie Sun

Computational Science (PhD)

Lin Li, Mentor
Karen Valdez
Finalist Biology (MS) Doug Watts, Mentor
Carlos Valenzuela
Finalist Biosciences (PhD) Manuel Llano, Mentor

Top 5 Research Poster Winners

Afroz Karim
Chemistry (PhD)
Anapaula Themann
Psychology (PhD)
Christian Sandoval Pauker
Chemistry (PhD)
Israel Garcia Carachure
Psychology (PhD)
Priyanka Gade
Chemistry (PhD)

Fall Finalists & Winners:

Mariana Marcos-Hernandez

1st Place & People's Choice 

Chemistry (PhD) Dino Villagran, Mentor
Priyanka Gade
2nd Place

Chemistry (PhD)

Chu-Young Kim, Mentor
Mariana Benitez Finalist Civil Engineering (PhD) Jeffrey Weidner, Mentor
Soochan Choi Finalist Business Administration (PhD) Edward Ramirez, Mentor

Jacqueline Lechuga

Finalist Psychology (PhD) Michael Zárate, Mentor
Anindita Nath Finalist

Computer Science (PhD)

Nigel Ward, Mentor
Mohamed Sanad-Noufal Finalist Environmental Science & Engineering (PhD) Sreeprasad Sreenivasan, Mentor
Ana Vargas Finalist Biomedical Engineering (PhD) Sangeeta Tiwari, Mentor

Spring Finalists & Winners:

Anapaula Themann

1st Place & People's Choice 

Psychology (PhD) Sergio Iñiguez, Mentor
Katalina Salas  2nd Place

Environmental Science & Engineering (PhD)

Deana Pennington, Mentor
Isabelle Clough Finalist Psychology (PhD) April Thomas, Mentor
Anna Drozdova Finalist Psychology (PhD) April Thomas, Mentor

Israel Garcia Carachure 

Finalist Psychology (PhD) Sergio Iñiguez, Mentor
Rebeka Isaac Finalist

Latin American & Border Studies (MA)

Josiah Heyman, Mentor
Yi-Yu Liao Finalist Teaching, Learning, & Culture (PhD) Mourat Tchoshanov, Mentor
Yuqing Ye Finalist Chemistry (PhD) Jorge Gardes Torresdey, Mentor

2020 Finalists & Winners:

Julie M. Schlichte 1st Place Biology (MS) Jerry Johnson, Mentor
Maria Tays Mendes 2nd Place & People's Choice Biological Sciences (PhD) Igor Almeida, Mentor
Elvira Carrizal-Dukes Honorable Mention for People's Choice Rhetoric & Composition (PhD) Kate Mangelsdorf, Mentor
Moinul Morshed Porag Chowdhury Honorable Mention for People's Choice Computer Science (PhD) Christopher Kiekintveld, Mentor
Jenna Lynn Faith Finalist Geological Sciences (PhD) Diane Doser, Mentor
Angel F. Garcia Contreras Finalist Computer Science (PhD) Martine Ceberio, Mentor
Nakul N. Karle Finalist Environmental Science & Engineering (PhD) Rosa Fitzgerald, Mentor
Erick Saldes Finalist Biological Sciences (PhD) Kyung-An Han, Mentor


Gilbert Carranza
1st Place
Electrical and Computer Engineering (PhD)

Jose Coronel
2nd Place
Mechanical Engineering (PhD)

Leonardo Gutierrez Sierra
3rd Place
Mechanical Engineering (PhD)



Oscar Manuel Robledo Holguin
1st Place
Computational Science (MS)

Michelle Aranda
2nd Place
Biology (MS)

Emily Chavez
3rd Place
Kinesiology (MS)



Nathalie Gonzalez, Tamra Hendren, & Lilia Sanchez
Occupational Therapy (MOT)


The UTEP Graduate School's EXPO 2019  featured presentations of graduate students from UTEP and our sister institutions in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to the opportunities to present and network in a professional, bilingual environment, the event included a light breakfast, a keynote luncheon, and  refreshments throughout. The EXPO is also a competition and an opportunity for community engagement. Participants receive feedback and may win prizes, and faculty, staff, and community partners can serve as judges.

EXPO 2019 de la Escuela de Posgrado de la Universidad de Texas en El Paso (UTEP) que facilitó exposisiones de estudiantes de posgrado de UTEP e instituciones hermanas en el estado de Chihuahua, México.  Además de estas oportunidades para presentar e interactuar en una red profesional y bilingüe, La Exposición de investigación de estudiantes de posgrado de UTEP incluyó un desayuno ligero, un almuerzo con presentación magisterial y refrigerios en todo momento. La EXPO también es una competencia y una oportunidad para participación comunitaria. Los integrantes reciben retroalimentación y pueden ganar premios y profesores, profesionistas, y miembros de la comunidad pueden ser jueces.

2019 Finalists & Winners:

Kathryn Wedemeyer-Strombel 1st Place Environmental Science & Engineering (PhD) Tarla Rai Peterson, Mentor
Marisol Dominguez 2nd Place Geology (PhD) Hugo Guitierrez, Mentor
Angel I. Solis People's Choice Computer Engineering (MS) Patricia Nava, Mentor
Jessica R. Bray Finalist Psychology (PhD) Stephen Crites, Mentor
Robert Diaz Finalist History (MA) Brad Cartwright, Mentor
Grecia Daniela Medina Finalist Biology (MS) Kyung-An Han, Mentor
Daniel Michael Mejia Finalist Computer Science (PhD) Natalia Villanueva Rosales, Mentor
Mahdi Saghafi Finalist Civil Engineering (PhD) Soheil Nazarian, Mentor
Erick Benjamin Saldes Finalist Biological Sciences (PhD) Kyung-An Han, Mentor
Ana Margarita Vargas Finalist Biomedical Engineering (PhD) Luis R. Martinez, Mentor


Jordan Orozco
1st Place
Speech Language Pathology (MS)

Francisco Morales
2nd Place
Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (PhD)

Anna Daniela Vélez Arroyo
3rd Place
Ciencias Sociales (Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua)



AHM Golam Hyder
1st Place
Environmental Science & Engineering (PhD)

Ana Lionel
2nd Place
Physical Therapy (DPT)

Jyoti Ahlawat
3rd Place
Chemistry (PhD)



Carina Baeza, Julio Cesar Martinez & Megan Villere Goldner
Occupational Therapy (MOT)

The Graduate School thanks our EXPO2018 sponsors:

UTEP College of Engineering

UTEP Department of Communication

UTEP College of Health Sciences MHIRT Program

UTEP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

UTEP Master of Occupational Therapy Program

1st Place 

Bing Yu 

Materials Science & Engineering (PhD) 

Devesh Misra, Mentor 

2nd Place 

Rocio Acevedo 

Teaching, Learning, & Culture (PhD) 

Alberto Esquinca, Mentor 

People's Choice 

Anna Mwangi 

Geological Sciences (PhD) 

Laura Serpa, Mentor 


Marisol Dominguez 

Geological Sciences (PhD) 

Hugo Gutiérrez, Mentor 


Mohammad Shafinul Haque 

Mechanical Engineering (PhD) 

Calvin Stewart, Mentor 


Yashwanth Injeti 

Materials Science & Engineering (PhD) 

Devesh Misra, Mentor 


Miguel Juarez 

History (PhD) 

Paul Edison, Mentor 


Venkata Vignesh Natarajan 

Materials Science & Engineering (PhD) 

Devesh Misra, Mentor 


Paloma A. Valenzuela 

Biological Sciences (PhD) 

Giulio Francia, Mentor 


Emmanuel Zubia 

Environmental Science & Engineering (PhD) 

Mahesh Narayan, Mentor 


Ridwan Fayaz Hossain
1st Place
Electrical & Computer Engineering (PhD)
Solution Dispersed 2D Graphene & MoS2 for an Inkjet Printed Biocompatible Photodetector

Ligia Arguilez
2nd Place
History (PhD)
Native Invaders: The Politics of Plants and the Shifting Identity of the Creosote Bush

Md Tariqul Islam
3rd Place
Chemistry (PhD)
Self-Regenerable Water Filter for the Removal of Organic and Inorganic Pollutants



Julio Ceniceros
1st Place
Environmental Science (MS)
Identifying the Abundance of Soil, Vegetation, and Rock Using Multiple Endmember
Spectral Mixture Analysis (MESMA) in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma

Luiza Barros
2nd Place
Civil Engineering (MS)
Testing Protocols and Design Tools for Balancing AC Mixes

Victor Garcia
3rd Place
Geological Sciences (PhD)
Uranium - Series   Dating  of the East  Franklin Mountains Fault   Carbonates  in El Paso, Texas

The Graduate School thanks our EXPO2017 sponsors:
The UTEP Rhetoric and Composition PhD Program  –  Gold 
HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Program –  Silver 
UTEP College of Science –  Bronze
UTEP Department of Civil Engineering  –  Bronze
And friends of the EXPO, Dr. Benjamin Flores & Dr. Donna Ekal


Pamela Lara

1st Place


Uncatalogued Variable In The Kepler's Fields

Pablo Rangel

2nd Place

Electrical & Computer Engineering (PhD)

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Sense And Avoid (SAA) Airway Coordination Model Based On Gas Particles Elastic Collisions Dynamics

Lori Whitaker

3rd Place

English Rhetoric and Writing Studies (MA)

Maude: Reinventing The Character Of Curley's Wife In Of Mice And Men

Justin Magee

Honorable Mention

Psychology (PhD)

The Impact Of National Security Interrogation Methods On Situational Stress


Amelie Muzza

1st Place

Speech Language Pathology (MS)

Language Of Intervention In A Bilingual Child With Autism

Alberto Soto
2nd Place

Electrical & Computer Engineering(MS)

Optimization Of Neural Network Architecture For Radar Signal Classification

Janeely Villalobos

3rd Place

Environmental Science (MS)

The Structure And Activity Of Heat Shock Protein 27 And An S135F Mutation That Leads To A Neurodegenerative Disorder

Monica Ponce Lawler

Honorable Mention

Speech Language Pathology (MS)

The Use Of Code-Switching In Bilingual Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder


Mary Ana Mackay
1st Place
Geometric Modeling of Girus Trisymmetron

Elva Natalia Strobach
2nd Place
The Effects of Task Demands and Word Frequency on Language Source Encoding

Alejandra Maldonado
3rd Place
Flood Hazards and Environmental Injustice: Hispanic Immigrants in Greater Houston, Texas

Jesus J. Gutierrez
Honorable Mention
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sculpting Near Fields with 3D Printed Spatially Variant All-Dielectric Metamaterials




Victor M. Garcia
1st Place
Civil Engineering
Evaluation of Parameters that Can Improve Overlay Tester Results

Kiersten Garrand
2nd Place
Physical Therapy
Evidence for Disability Competence Education Relevant to Health Professionals

Moinul Morshed Porag Chowdhury
3rd Place
Computer Science
Wholesale Market Clearing Price Prediction in Smart Grid

Joseph Negron
Honorable Mention
L1 Conceptual Inhibition During L2 Text Comprehension

Sanghamitra Majumdar
Best Oral Presentation
Trophic Transfer of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles Along a Terrestrial Food Chain: An Ecological Risk

Azucena Zamora
Best Poster Presentation
Computational Science
Using Constrained Optimization to Improve 2- and 3-Dimensional Earth Structure Models Through Gravity Anomalies