Submit an Abstract Today for the Collegiate Competition

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 Denver. 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

CollegiateFirst NameLast NameUniversityResearch TitleLightning Talk DateLightning Talk Time Slot
GraduateSepidehKianbakhtColorado School of MinesShutdown controller for a Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor wind turbineFriday, February 15, 201910:00 – 10:15 a.m.
GraduateTaylorLudekeUCLAOptimal Control for Autonomous OscillationFriday, February 15, 201910:15 – 10:30 a.m.
GraduateChrysmWatson RossUniversity of New MexicoTroll Hunter: Understanding Swarm Behaviour in Social NetworksFriday, February 15, 201910:30 - 10:45 a.m.
UndergraduateMadelineGroettumThe Catholic University of AmericaCyclic Voltammetry as a Detection Mechanism for Electrode CoatingsFriday, February 15, 20193:15 –3:30 p.m.
UndergraduateHaTranUniversity of North TexasMajor Improvement of Level of Development Specification for Cold-Formed Steel Framing ConstructionFriday, February 15, 20193:30 – 3:45 p.m.
UndergraduateNikaLevtchinUniversity of MinnesotaThe Analysis of Historic Paper using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy to Determine Trace Metal Composition for Preservation PurposesFriday, February 15, 20193:45 – 4:00 p.m.
UndergraduateSophiaBeckerColorado School of Mines13C-MFA in a fast growing limonene producing cyanobacteriumFriday, February 15, 20194:00 - 4:15 p.m.