See Berkeley’s graduate student semi-finalists present their research in 3 minutes, TED-Talk style!

Come cheer on your colleagues!

Monday, March 28, 2016
3:00 – 5:30 pm
International House
FREE and open to the public
Event will be livestreamed at

The winner will represent Berkeley and compete in the ten-campus UC-wide Grad Slam hosted by UC President Janet Napolitano at the LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco on April 22, 2016.

This event can assist all students in honing succinct and compelling presentations (sometimes known as “elevator speeches”) for professional development purposes, to explain your research to faculty, funders, prospective employers — even your families!

The semi-finalists:

Katya CherukumilliKatya Cherukimilli, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Developing an Ultra Low Cost Fluoride Remediation Method Using Mildly-Processed Bauxite


Joyce CheryJoyce Chery, Integrative Biology
Evolution of the Strange Anatomy of Woody Vines


Lakshana HuddarLakshana Huddar, Nuclear Engineering
How to Build an Advanced Nuclear Reactor in a Laboratory


Aparna KrishnamoorthyAparna Krishnamoorthy, Metabolic Biology
Unraveling the Wnt-er Symphony


Leigh MartinLeigh Martin, Physics
Wiring Up a Quantum Computer


Kelsey SakimotoKelsey Sakimoto, Chemistry
Rewriting Evolutionary History: Cyborg Bacteria for High Efficiency Photosynthesis


Gabriel SanchezGabriel Sanchez, Journalism
Lapse in Care and Deaths of Inmates in the California State Prison System


Robert SnyderRobert Snyder, Epidemiology
Slums: An Outbreak Story


Joshua YangJoshua Yang, Translational Medicine
Kidney Transplant Monitoring: Putting the “You” in Urine


Mingxi ZhengMingxi Zheng, Materials Science & Engineering
Finding Answers in Failures


Distinguished Judges

Jane McGonigal Ph.D. alumna in Performance Studies, game designer, and TED Talk sensation

Amy Slater UC alumna, attorney, and lecturer

Ram Kapoor UCB Chief Marketing Officer

Sponsored by Berkeley Graduate Division and International House

If you wish to request a disability-related accommodation, call Jane Fink at (510) 643-9164 at least 10 days in advance.