Collegiate Competition Submissions are Under Review

Submissions are now closed for the Collegiate Competition. Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for consideration. Finalists will be notified soon.

At the WE Local Collegiate Competition, undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to present their research to a broad technical audience in three styles: short form abstract submission, visual poster presentation and face-to-face discussion. This allows for students to learn and gain insight on their research, and to receive live feedback and encouragement from others within the STEM field.

Submission Categories

There two submission categories: Undergraduate Collegiate and Graduate Collegiate. All applicants are required to submit an online abstract for judging.


Finalists of the WE Local Collegiate Competition will receive a $250 stipend and complimentary collegiate premier registration to compete in the technical poster competition at WE Local Bellevue. They will also be recognized during the WE Achieve awards ceremony on Saturday evening where three finalists from each category will be awarded first, second and third place.

Questions about the WE Local Collegiate Competition can be directed to

Collegiate LevelFirst NameLast NameUniversityResearch TitleLightning Talk DateLightning Talk Time Slot
GraduateEhdiehKhaledianWashington State UniversityBioinformaticsFriday, April 5, 201911:00 – 11:15 a.m.
GraduateCeciliaKlauberTexas A&M UniversityImproving Power Grid Awareness during Geomagnetic DisturbancesFriday, April 5, 201911:15 – 11:30 a.m.
GraduateMahzadDehghanyUW MadisonDeveloping new molecular photoswitches to enable the development of an tunable, all-optical electrophysiology methodFriday, April 5, 201911:30 - 11:45 a.m.
UndergraduateSydneyRobinsonThe University of Rhode IslandUtilizing Peptides in Order to Lower the Electric Field Necessary for Electroporation of Cancer CellsFriday, April 5, 20193:15 –3:30 p.m.
UndergraduateKylaBurrillUniversity of PortlandEfficiency of Constructed Wetlands for Nutrient RemovalFriday, April 5, 20193:30 – 3:45 p.m.
UndergraduateSejalShahUniversity of DelawareOrthogonal Superimposed Perturbation on Shear Thickening Fluids for Sports Equipment and Medical DevicesFriday, April 5, 20193:45 – 4:00 p.m.