The LoboBites Competition
LoboBITES are three minute presentations on a thesis, dissertation, or other substantial research project. Think of them as short-format TED talks. Students must explain their research in a compelling and easily digestible way, foregoing jargon and instead using language and terms accessible to a general, non-academic audience likely unfamiliar with the student’s specific discipline. Presentations will be judged by a panel consisting of UNM and Albuquerque community members. Top contestants can win up to $1000 in scholarships, and the first place contestant also receives a paid trip to represent UNM at a regional Three-Minute Thesis competition.
UNM graduate students do not need to be nominated by their academic program to give a LoboBites presentation at the conference.
The 2018 LoboBites finale was held on November 7th, 2018 at Hodgin Hall.
First Place: Emma Garcia, "An Engineer's Take on the Bone-Ligament Interface: Utilizing Novel Technology to Improve Clinical Outcomes"
Second Place: Tye D. Martin, "Computational Investigation of the Interactions Between Bioactive Compounds and Biological Assemblies"
Third Place: Lauren Bansbach, "Ponderosa Pine Seedling Physiology after Severe Wildfire: Does it Take a Forest to Make a Forest?"
People's Choice: Ayush Raj Shahi, "Is Wastewater Useless?"
The Venue: Hodgin Hall
The conference celebrated graduate student excellence in the place where UNM began: Hodgin Hall. The first building on campus, Hodgin Hall was built in 1892 and over the years underwent a series of modifications until its most recent and painstaking renovation in 2011. A beautiful, inspiring, and intimate space, Hodgin Hall provided a prestige environment in which to showcase our graduate students’ research and scholarship. The building currently houses UNM Alumni Relations, which is generously co-sponsoring the conference.