Grad Slam 2019

Grad Slam

UC Grad Slam is an annual contest where master’s and Ph.D. students across the University of California – in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience. Students compete to present the significance and fundamental points of their work at UC Davis in a clear, direct, and interesting manner.

Alice Dien and Dean Jean Pierre Delplanque with an oversized winner's check.

Congratulations to our UC Davis Grad Slam Winners!

People’s Choice: Andrea Guggenbickler (Public Health)
3rd Place: Paige Kouba (Ecology)
2nd Place: Savannah Free (Integrative Genetics and Genomics)
1st Place and Public Impact Prize: Alice Dien (Biological Systems Engineering)

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2022 Grad Slam Semi-Finalists

Heather Barr, Ph.D. Student in Public Health Sciences
School of Medicine

“The impact of pets on the feelings of loneliness: Can you pet yourself happy?”

Alice Dien, M.S., Ph.D Student in Biological Systems Engineering
College of Engineering,
“Cooling down with the new hot air: the future of drying in agriculture”
Global Education for All Recipient*

Benjamin Faulkner, Ph.D. Student in Geology
College of Letters and Science
“The Salad Days of Reptiles”

Lindsey Felth, Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmacology & Toxicology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
“How do we make opioids safer?”

Savannah Free, Ph.D. Student in Integrative Genetics and Genomics
College of Biological Sciences

“Partners in Crime: Tumor Cells and Platelets”

Andrea Michelle Guggenbickler, M.P.H., Ph.D. Student in Public Health
School of Medicine

“Let's Talk About Sex... Education”

Paige Kouba, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate in Ecology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
“Climate Change Time Machine: Sending Trees 50 Years into the Future”
Global Education for All Recipient*

Lo-Wei Lin, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmacology & Toxicology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
“Look out! The smoky orange sky is harmful to your skin”

William Turner IV,  Ph.D. Student in Atmospheric Science
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
“El Nino and the Transatlantic Slave Trade”
Global Education for All Recipient*

Jiahan Zou, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate in Biological Systems Engineering
College of Engineering
“Novel Cooling Media: Cooler Than Ice”
Global Education for All Recipient*

*Denotes a Global Affairs Global Education for All Recipient. Learn more about this designation and how a global education-oriented project might illustrate global awareness by confronting a global challenge as articulated by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Three Minutes. One Slide. Thousands of Dollars in Prizes.

Grad Slam presentations are limited to three minutes in length with only one accompanying slide. They should be prepared for a diverse audience and resonate with student, faculty, and community members alike. The presentation's clarity and effectiveness for a general university audience is strongly considered in the judging process.

Questions about Grad Slam? Contact us by emailing Kathryn Raley, Program and Events Manager, at knraley@ucdavis.edu.

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If your department or unit has interest in sponsoring Grad Slam, please email Elizabeth Lambert, Senior Director of External Relations and Strategic Communications, at eflambert@ucdavis.edu.