Cheer on our ten graduate student Grad Slam semi-finalists as they present their three-minute research talks in our first-ever virtual Grad Slam championship! This year’s event will be live-streamed, and we want you to join our virtual audience.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Postponed until a later date
3 – 5:30 pm
Live streamed at https://grad.berkeley.edu/gradslam/
Here are three great reasons to attend this live-streamed event:
- Learn about interesting research projects: Berkeley is a top research university and these semi-finalists are up and coming in their fields. Discover potentially groundbreaking research that will make you more informed and maybe even spark ideas for your own research projects.
- Your vote will be counted: While a panel of distinguished judges select the top two winners, virtual audience members will have the opportunity to vote for a “people’s choice” winner. This means you can help decide which talks are the best executed and capture the compelling research our campus has to offer!
- You could be the 2021 champion! Have you considered applying to Grad Slam yourself? There’s no better way to prepare yourself for next year’s competition than to see this year’s semi-finalists in action!
The campus winner will represent Berkeley and compete in the UC-wide Grad Slam hosted by President Janet Napolitano.
Grad Slam is a UC-sponsored competitive speaking event designed to showcase graduate student research in three-minute talks pitched to a general audience. This is a unique opportunity for graduate students who are engaged in substantive original research projects to develop skills communicating their academic research — while making their work visible to academic, media, and private and public sector leaders from across the state.
The following semi-finalists have been selected to participate in the campus Grad Slam competition:
The Impact of Stress on Pregnancy
A six-year Ph.D. student from Israel, Neta currently studies the neural circuits and hormonal mechanisms underlying ovulation, pregnancy, and childbirth. She will be graduating in the summer and plans to pursue a career outside academia where she will solve challenges related to female reproductive health.
Making History from Poop
A third-year Ph.D. student from Laguna Niguel, California, AJ wants to teach and mentor the next generation of archaeologists, research the impacts of climate change on humans in novel and impactful ways, and engage the public to make informed decisions on the environment.
Small Sensors for Smart Agriculture
A third-year Ph.D. student from Bozeman, Montana, Carol wants to continue to work on electrical engineering technology with environmental applications, in an academic or industry setting.
The System of Transnational Migrant Domestic Workers
A sixth-year Ph.D. student, Michelle identifies as a lifelong migrant. She wants to work in research and communications for human rights and social justice internationally, particularly seeking the best routes for reform regarding social policies, economics, and equity.
Solar Searching: Clever Contacts to Combat Climate Change
A fourth-year Ph.D. student from San Francisco, Rachel believes that complex societal challenges like climate change require cross-collaboration and interdisciplinary solutions. Ultimately, she wants to contribute by becoming a science professor, starting a renewable energy company, and/or bringing her scientific expertise into energy policy.
Microtubules: Small Tubes with a Big Impact
A fifth-year Ph.D. student from Los Angeles, Lisa is committed to a career in academia after completing her degree, because she believes that no other career offers the same intellectual freedom and stimulation, rewarding teaching and service opportunities, and international collaboration prospects. She hopes to pursue a tenure-track faculty position at a top research institution.
From Chemicals to Chronic Disease: How Formaldehyde Exposure Can Lead to Neurodegenerative Disease and Brain Cancer
A second-year master’s student from Chicago, Iemaan wants to pursue medicine after completing her Master’s of Public Health. Her career goal is to marry her passion for public health and medicine by becoming a physician-scientist. By integrating her fascination with environmentally-mediated disease and her commitment to serving those in need, she hopes to address poignant questions in both basic and translational research.
Miniaturizing the Accelerator
A fifth-year Ph.D. student from Chicago, Samantha loves teaching, and hopes to become a professor. In her research, she wants to continue improving accelerator cavities and other microwave devices to create tools for basic science research. She’s especially interested in applying her work to fusion energy.
Tons of Fuel, But No Fire
A fifth-year Ph.D. student from Raleigh, North Carolina, Wren loves research, mentoring, and teaching, so she currently plans to stay in academia. As an astronomer, much of her research is made possible by government funding; she believes it’s part of her job to give back to the larger community that enables her to conduct research and learn about the universe.
Hungry Unicorns: How Antennas in Your Neurons Control Appetite
A fifth-year Ph.D. student from Belgium, Adélaïde would like to do a postdoc that is focused on neuroscience, upon completing her Ph.D. As a non-native English speaker, being able to share her research in front of a broad audience, in English, has been her dream and goal since she arrived in the states, so she is very happy to be able to do it now that she has reached the last year of her degree.
About the Author: Ashvini Malshe is a Master’s student in the Graduate School of Journalism, and a Professional Development Liaison with the Graduate Division.