Annual Applied Research Symposium

Photo of LWTech Photonics students explaining their project to a member of the community

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Annual Applied Research Symposium (ARS) is a chance for students to present what they have learned through their research and applied experiences to the community. The symposium includes poster, visual arts, and presentation sessions. Students from all LWTech programs are invited to apply to participate in the annual symposium.

Symposium Information 

May 13, 2021
5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.


Online via Zoom

2021 Symposium Schedule

  • Welcome message
  • Introduction of presenters
  • Schedule overview
  • Move into session breakout rooms
  • Multivariable Calculus-Based Modeling of Center of Mass and Moments of Inertia of Comet Hartley by Angela Lee
  • Postpartum Depression Disorder: A Hidden Epidemic? by Olga Okhapkina
  • Relationship Between Social Body Stigma and Psychological Readiness by Kimberlee Tolentino
  • Increase in antibiotic resistance of soil microbes collected near hospital sites by Christopher Horga, Caleb Maytum, Soniyah Boun, & Sofia Rios 
  • Carbon Emission Reduction in Steel Recycling by Thomas Chois
  • Can Inquiry Be Used to Connect Curriculum Content Areas? by Abra Zink
  • Velocity and Acceleration Profiles of Space Shuttles by Kwan Jie Lee
  • Quarantine & Chill? - How COVID-19 impacts the Mental Health & Wellbeing of LWTech Students by Andesha Birch
  • Flu Vaccination Analysis by Sabrina Do & Binnay Pirot
  • Robot Arm Prototype by Kevin Ung
  • Material Identification Using Electronic Sensors by Steven Robertson
  • Measuring action potentials via hybrid technique using lasers and signal analysis by Sofia Rios & Caleb Maytum
  • The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers in Washington State by Samantha Coy & Tigi Kinde
  • Mathematical Modeling and Kinematics of a Glider by Alex Gale
  • Symposium wrap-up and closing message

Application Requirements

The 2021 Symposium application deadline has passed.

Abstract Guidelines

An abstract is a summary of your research usually presented in skeletal form, which concentrates on the essentials of a larger idea or claim. Your abstract should include enough information for reviewers to judge the nature and significance of your research, the adequacy of the methodology employed, and the nature of the results and/or progress to date. We strongly recommend that you attend an LWTech abstract writing workshop in January to help you get started. If you cannot attend in person, you may come to drop-in advising to gain additional information and guidance.

Abstracts must be between 100-300 words in length. Abstracts should not exceed more than 300 words.

Upcoming Workshops

Photo of LWTech students with their garden sphere project and their professor

Workshops will be offered in April for symposium participants to refine their posters and presentational skills prior to the symposium on May 13.

Currently, workshops are planned for the following dates:

  • Monday, April 12
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Thursday, April 29

If you are interested in attending a workshop, or just want more information, please contact Christine Turpin.

In addition, students can take advantage of one-on-one or small group sessions to work on poster creation or presenting their work. These can be scheduled directly with either Christine Turpin (Communications) or Kimberly Mcclure (Biology).

Resources for Presentations

Abstract Resources

Writing Resources



If you are a student or faculty member and have further questions about the upcoming symposium or how to apply, please contact Michael Rodriguez for more information.

Applied Research Symposium E-Portfolio

Thank you to all the students who participated at the last Annual Applied Research Symposium on June 5, 2020. And thank you to all the faculty and staff who helped organize it! The symposium presentations were recorded via Zoom. See the presentations below.

Submitting to the Symposium E-Portfolio

If you presented at the 2020 Applied Research Symposium on June 5, 2020 and would like to have your work showcased in the Symposium E-portfolio, please complete the form below.

ARS E-Portfolio Submission Form