Grad Slam 2019

UC Davis Grad Slam Winners and Finalists

2021 Grad Slam Winners

First Place 
Amelia Munson, Ph.D. Candidate in Animal Behavior for “Fact or Fiction: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger”

Second Place
Paul Kasemsap, Ph.D. Candidate in Horticulture and Agronomy for "Mission N Possible: Let There Be (Nutritious) Bread”

Third Place
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.”

2020 Grad Slam Winners

 

2019 Grad Slam Winners

First Place
Katie Murphy, Plant Biology
"Call the Plant Doctor"

​Second Place
Riley Hughes, Nutritional Biology
"Getting Personal with Nutrition

Third Place and
People's Choice

Nahrain Rasho, Political Science
"Regional Autonomy and Local Conflict"

Other UC Davis Finalists:


2018 Grad Slam Winners

First Place
Tooka Zokaie
Public Health
"At the Mouth of Health Access"

Second Place
Rachel Wigginton
Ecology
"Road to Recovery: Plant Invasion and Wetland Restoration on the California Coast"

Third Place
Divya Kernik
Biomedical Engineering
"An Electric Symphony: Understanding Variability in Heart Cells"

People's Choice
Mayowa Adegboyega
Anthropology
"Reconstructing Human Evolution: A 3-D Jigsaw Puzzle"

Other UC Davis Finalists:


2017 UC Davis Grad Slam Winners
 

First Place: 
Sam WestreichIntegrative Genetics & Genomics
"A Better Understanding of the Gut Microbiome through Metatranscriptomics"

​Second Place:
Maci MuellerAnimal Biology
"Mess With the Bull - Don't Get the Horns: Gene-Editing to Improve Animal Welfare"

Third Place: 
Carina FishGeology
"Surface-Deep Connections: Ocean Acidification"

Other UC Davis Finalists


2016 UC Davis Grad Slam Winners
 

First Place: 
Matthew Savoca, Ecology
"Smell explains why marine animals eat plastic debris"   

Second Place:
Eric Walters, Microbiology
"Fungal-bacterial coculture for biofuel production"

Third Place:
Kevin Campbell, Biomedical Engineering
"Promoting Lymphatic Vessels to treat Cardiovascular Disease"