On November 12, eleven graduate students competed for cash prizes as they presented their research in three minutes with one slide.

The competition took place at Rowe Auditorium with a public composed of varied audience: students, professors, politicians and personalities working in different companies of the Charlotte area. A live stream allowed relatives, family, and friends to watch competitors in real-time and vote for them (The People’s Choice Awards).

The finalists were chosen from a field of 74 students who participated in the preliminary rounds via Zoom.

The judges for the finals were:

  • Jenel Cotto, Senior HR Manager, JELD-WEN
  • Tobe Holmes, Planning & Development Director, University City Partners
  • Mujtaba Mohammed, State Senator, NC General Assembly
  • Victoria Watlington, Councilmember, City of Charlotte

Amanda Sargent (Organizational Science-CLAS): 1st Place

 Presentation Title: “What is it about “who you know” that gets you ahead? Implicit intersectional bias in employee referral programs”.

Click here to watch her presentation!

Farida Yasmin (Biology CLAS): 2nd Place

Presentation Title: “Into the Wild: Wild Soybean as our Savior!”.

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Shanique Lee (Curriculum and Instruction COED): 3rd Place

 Presentation Title: “Loving and Leaving the Classroom: Contextualizing the Attrition of Black Women Teachers from Urban Schools”

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Kelsey Sikon (Civil Engineering – ENG): People’s Choice award

Presentation Title: “Presence of Microplastics in Wastewater Treatment Plants”