Full Video of the 2021 Finals

Congratulations to our 2021 LoboBITES Winners!

First Place

Victoria Peña-Parr, Master's Student in Spanish and Portuguese
"Life-or-Death: An Assessment of COVID-19 Messaging in New Mexico and Potential Consequences for the Spanish-Speaking Population"

Second Place

Tracy Mallette, Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering
"Left-Handed DNA May be the Right Way Forward"

People's Choice

Isabel Last, Master's Student in Hispanic Linguistics
"Faena: A Narrative-Based Language Learning Video Game"

All Our Finalists:

Mark Lavelle, Master's Student in Psychology
"I Know What You've Been Looking At! Testing Visual Recognition of Photographs to Retroactively Track Visual Attention in Online Visual Search Tasks"

Mariana Marchesi, Doctoral Student in Linguistics
"Sociolinguistic Analysis of Spanish r- Variation by New Mexican Child Heritage Speakers: How Speech Analysis Can Improve Speech Impairment Diagnosis and Teaching Techniques"

Victoria Peña-Parr, Master's Student in Spanish and Portuguese
"Life-or-Death: An Assessment of COVID-19 Messaging in New Mexico and Potential Consequences for the Spanish-Speaking Population"

Aurora Kraus, Doctoral Student in Biology
"Olfactory Detection of Viruses Shapes Brain Immunity and Behavior"

Jeng Hann Chong, Doctoral Student in Earth and Planetary Sciences
"Investigating Earthquake Hazards in South and Southeast Asia Using Satellite Observations"

Isabel Last, Master's Student in Hispanic Linguistics
"Faena: A Narrative-Based Language Learning Video Game"

Tracy Mallette, Doctoral Student in Biomedical Engineering
"Left-Handed DNA May be the Right Way Forward"
  

What are LoboBITES?


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LoboBITES are three minute presentations on a thesis, dissertation, or other substantial research project, similar to the trademarked Three Minute Thesis (3MT). Think of them as short TED talks. Students must present their research in a compelling and easily digestible way, using language and terms appropriate for a general, non-academic audience. Presentations are judged by a panel consisting of UNM and Albuquerque community members. Top contestants can win up to $1000 in scholarships and a paid trip to represent UNM at a regional competition! All graduate and post-undergraduate professional students at UNM are eligible to participate.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, all attendees--including presenters--will be required to wear masks at all times.


  1. Participants must be enrolled in a graduate or post-undergraduate professional program at UNM.

  2. Participants must wear masks at all times, including during their presentations, per the state indoor mask mandate.

  3. Presentations must be made in 3 minutes or less. The timer starts as soon as the contestant starts speaking. Two points will be deducted from the total score for every five seconds a student goes over the time limit.

  4. Students may include one static image (such as a photograph or PowerPoint slide, no video or audio) for their presentation. No multi-slide presentations are allowed. Students are encouraged to keep their slides as simple and easy-to-understand as possible, with limited text. Please see the "Video Submission Requirements" section for instructions on how to include the slide in the video presentation.

  5. A physical prop is allowed, but may only serve as a supplement to the larger presentation, not the focus. However, bear in mind that students win the competition and advance to the regional competition will not be allowed to use any props or costumes at that later stage.

  6. Music, sound effects, and video clips may not be included.

  7. The primary mode of communication must be prose, either spoken or through interpretation (such as a sign-language interpreter). 

  8. Please dress professionally (i.e. business or business casual).

  9. Decisions of judges are final and binding.

  10. Presenters must be students enrolled in a graduate program at the University of New Mexico.

  11. Participants must present on a thesis, dissertation, or other substantial research/scholarship project.

  12. Judges and audience members are not allowed to ask questions following presentations, but may approach contestants after the winners have been announced if they’re interested in learning more about their projects.

LoboBITES presentations are judged by a panel comprised of persons from the UNM and Albuquerque communities. All presentations will be evaluated using a 20-point rubric, based on the following criteria:

  • Significance: Presenters clearly explain the premise of their research and explain its significance to an audience with varied backgrounds (5 points)

  • Clarity: Presentation is logically organized, avoids jargon, and clearly highlights key ideas and conclusions (5 points)

  • Delivery: Presenters exhibit vocal variation, energy, confident demeanor, physical posture, and appropriate gestures (5 points)

  • Engagement: Presentation promotes audience comprehension and engagement (5 points)

First_Place

$1000 SCHOLARSHIP AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT UNM AT A REGIONAL COMPETITION

Second_Place

$500 SCHOLARSHIP

Third_Place

$250 SCHOLARSHIP

Q: Do students need to be nominated by faculty to submit for LoboBITES?

A: No, but we strongly recommend that you consult and practice with your academic advisor as you craft your presentation. 

Q: Can I use notes for my presentation?

A: You may, but we highly discourage the practice. Speeches tend to be more engaging for judges and the audience if you're able to speak directly to them without notes.

Q: Can I use more than one slide?

A: No. All participants are limited to one digital slide each.

Q: Can I use other visual aids, such as a physical item or a costume?

A: You may, although we would recommend limiting the use of an excessive amount of other items. Also, bear in mind that if you win the competition and advance to the regional competition you will not be allowed to use any props or costumes at that later stage.

Q: Can I include music, sound effects, or video clips in my presentation?

A: Sorry, you may not. 

Q: Can I give my presentation in an alternate format, such as a poem or song?

A: The primary form of communication must be spoken or interpreted (i.e. sign language with an interpreter) prose, but if you want to include a small amount of other types of material from you directly (i.e. not a recording), you're welcome to do so. However, bear in mind that if you win the competition and advance to the regional competition you will be limited to the spoken word and not allowed to incorporate any alternative communication formats.

Q: How soon will I know after the preliminary rounds if I'll be advancing to the final?

A: Contestants can expect to hear back no later than November 2.

Q: Can I invite friends, family, and colleagues to view my preliminary round and/or the final?

A: The preliminary round will not be open to the public. However, the finals will be open to the public both in-person and through an online streaming platform, so invite as many people as you would like to watch them! A link to those proceedings will be made available at least several days before the event.