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Top Ten Finalists Announced for 2019 UC Davis Grad Slam Competition

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 (All day)

Graduate Studies has announced the finalists in the 2019 Grad Slam competition at the University of California, Davis. 

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 present the significance and fundamental points of their work at UC Davis in a clear, direct and interesting manner.

Over 80 master's and doctoral students submitted proposals for this year's competition, which kicked off with a series of qualifying rounds on both the Sacramento and Davis campuses on February 7 and 8 .

The following participants will be moving on to the UC Davis Final Round:

The finalists will compete against each other at the UC Davis Final Round at the UC Davis Conference Center on March 13. The event is free and open to the public, and seats can be reserved via Eventbrite. Graduate Studies will be spotlighting each of the finalists in news features in the weeks leading up to the Final Round.

The winner of the campus final round will have the opportunity to compete at the University of California-wide competition on May 4.  Last year's UC Davis champion was Master of Public Health (MPH) student Tooka Zokaie. Her presentation "At the Mouth of Health Access" focused on interprofessional training and oral health. Zokaie now serves as an administrative fellow for Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon.

For more information about UC Davis Grad Slam, visit the Grad Slam website or contact Kathryn Raley, Program and Event Manager for Graduate Studies, at

About Graduate Studies

Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes over 100 dynamic degree programs and a diverse and interactive student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options, bringing students and faculty of different academic disciplines together to address real-world challenges.

UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars become leaders in their fields: researchers, teachers, politicians, mentors and entrepreneurs. They go on to guide, define and impact change within our global community.

For information on Graduate Studies’ current strategic initiatives, visit the Graduate Studies strategic plan page.