MSW student wins People’s Choice award in 2015 Ready, Set, Research! competition
MSW student wins People’s Choice award in 2015 Ready, Set, Research! competition

Matthew Martinez, master of social work student in the UTSA college of public policy won People’s Choice in the 2014-2015 Ready, Set, Research! Competition on April 3.  Six colleges and 25 programs were represented in the Ready, Set, Research! competition, where students are challenged to present their research in three minutes or less.  This year, master’s students and doctoral students competed against other graduate students at their respective levels and across disciplines.

Martinez is also a graduate research assistant for Dr. Alfred Perez. Martinez’s presentation for the competition was part of a paper he is co-authoring titled, “Making Meaning of Permanency: The Retrospective Accounts of Young Adults who Exited Foster Care through Legal Permanency.”  His paper is part of Dr. Perez’s current research, which focuses on the understanding of adult functioning of foster youth who exited foster care through what is termed permanency and examines independent living service utilization for foster youth.

Here are the winners of the Spring 2015 Ready, Set, Research! Competition:


1st place: Rachel Hicks, Music

2nd place: Kasey Girven, Biology

3rd place: Victoria Barbosa Olivo, Psychology

People’s Choice: Matthew Martinez, Social Work


1st: Place: Lydia Light, Anthropology

2nd Place: Mirunalini Thirugnanasambandam, Biomedical Engineering

3rd Place: Kelli Bippert, Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching

People’s Choice: Deeksha Munjal, Business Administration

The official announcement on The Graduate School website can be found here:

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