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Grad Slam 2021


Congratulations to our 2021 Grad Slam Winners!

  • First Place $2,500 Award: Amelia Munson, Ph.D. Candidate in Animal Behavior for “Fact or Fiction: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger”
  • Second Place $1,500 Award: Paul Kasemsap, Ph.D. Candidate in Horticulture and Agronomy for "Mission N Possible: Let There Be (Nutritious) Bread”
  • Third Place $750 Award: Alea Skwara, Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology, for “Compassion is a Skill that Can Be Learned”
  • People's Choice $500 Award: Chelsea Kelland, Ph.D. Candidate in Immunology for “The Impact of Inflammation on Bone-Eaters in Arthritis”
  • Public Scholarship & Engagement $500 Award: Paul Kasemsap, Ph.D. Candidate in Horticulture and Agronomy for "Mission N Possible: Let There Be (Nutritious) Bread”

Global Education For All Recipients

  • Paul Kasemsap, Ph.D. Candidate in Horticulture and Agronomy, College of Agricultural and Environmental Science for “Mission N Possible: Let there be (nutritious) bread”
    “Paul Kasemsap not only engages a critical global challenge—United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger—but also reminds us of the human side of food and why research on sustainable practices is critical. ”
  • Lizette Navarette, Ed.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership (CANDEL), School of Education for“Time To Begin Adulting”
    “Lizette Navarette helps us delve into a key global challenge—United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education—exploring it from the perspective of the adult learner, engaging us to consider the power imbalances that exist in the university classroom and how to address them.”
  • Alea Skwara, Ph.D. Candidate in Psychology, College of Letters and Science for “Compassion is a skill that can be learned”
    “One of the key UC Davis Global Learning Outcomes concerns helping students explore global diversity and collaborate equitably across cultural and geographic boundaries.  Doing so requires cultural humility, which is built upon critical self-reflection to build empathy.  Alea Skwara presentation is unique in providing a deeper rationale for how such practices lead to fundamental change at the level of our brains.”

What Is Grad Slam?

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

Presentations should be no longer than three minutes in length and prepared for a diverse audience comprised of students, faculty, and community members. Judges will strongly consider clarity and effectiveness of the presentation by a general university audience. 

Questions about Grad Slam? Contact us by emailing Kathryn Raley, Program and Events Manager, at

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Global Education for All Designation

These three individuals have received the “Global Aggie” designation, with at least a majority of selection committee members having agreed that their projects: (1) help accomplish at least one of our global learning goals, and/or (2) clearly address at least one UN Sustainable Development Goal while grappling with the complexity of doing so. The "Global Education for All" prize recognizes a Grad Slam submission that illustrates how a graduate student embraces global learning. Global learning at UC Davis is a combination of local, regional, national, and international experiences through which the student develops key skills, knowledge, and networks that help them build global awareness, engage global diversity and pursue collaborative and equitable global action. A global education-oriented project might illustrate global awareness by confronting a global challenge as articulated by the UN Sustainable Development Goals--no matter where in the world that happens. It might illustrate engagement with global diversity by describing the navigation of cultural differences or power dynamics in research or community action. It might illustrate how to take global action by focusing on multi-disciplinary problem solving or by showing growth in personal reflection about how to most effectively bring about change. We look forward to reviewing outstanding presentations that illustrate one or more of these critical global learning goals. The finalists will have the opportunity to have their video showcased at the Global Learning Conference hosted by the Global Learning Hub in Global Affairs in April of this year.

Public Scholarship and Engagement Award

Public Scholarship and Engagement will also be awarding an additional prize of $500 at this year's April 8 UC Davis Grad Slam Final Round. Details about the Public Scholarship and Engagement prize will be released before the event.