2021 Berkeley Grad Slam Competition
Watch seven graduate student semi-finalists present their research in just 3 minutes!
Our live-streamed event recording is available below:
We’re thrilled to announce that Adélaïde Bernard was awarded first place in the Berkeley Grad Slam for her presentation titled, “Hungry Unicorns: How Antennas in Your Neurons Control Appetite.” Second place went to Neta Gotlieb for “The Impact of Stress on Pregnancy.” Iemaan Rana was voted the People’s Choice winner for her presentation, “From Chemicals to Chronic Disease: How Formaldehyde Exposure Can Lead to Neurodegenerative Disease and Brain Cancer.”
Be sure to support Adélaïde as she represents Berkeley at the final UC-wide competition on May 7, 2021.
The Impact of Stress on Pregnancy
A final-year Ph.D. student from Israel, Neta currently studies the neural circuits and hormonal mechanisms underlying ovulation, pregnancy, and birth. After graduating she plans to pursue a career outside academia where she will solve challenges related to female reproductive health.
Making History from Poop
A fourth-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.
The System of Transnational Migrant Domestic Workers
A seventh-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.
From Chemicals to Chronic Disease: How Formaldehyde Exposure Can Lead to Neurodegenerative Disease and Brain Cancer
Iemaan is a first-year PhD student who is also attending medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. 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 as a physician-scientist.
Solar Searching: Clever Contacts to Combat Climate Change
A fifth-year Ph.D. student, Rachel believes complex challenges like climate change require that scientists collaborate on tech-based solutions, and also connect with the non-scientific community to develop trust-based solutions. Her research interests range from solar cells’ tiny crystal contacts to their societal impacts, and her career goal is to contribute to an equitable renewable energy transformation.
Tons of Fuel, But No Fire
Wren is a sixth-year PhD student from Raleigh, North Carolina. Next year, she will continue studying the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time as a joint UC Santa Cruz – Stanford postdoctoral fellow. In addition to research and mentoring, Wren views outreach as a fundamental part of her job as a scientist.
Hungry Unicorns: How Antennas in Your Neurons Control Appetite
A sixth-year PhD student from Belgium, Adélaïde studies how cells in our brain sense our energy status and modulate hunger and weight gain. Upon completing her PhD she will be looking for a postdoc focused on neuroscience. As a non-native English speaker, being part of this competition and getting to share her research to a broad audience is a very exciting challenge.
UC-Wide Grad Slam Championship
On Friday, May 7, 2021, 9:45-11:15 a.m., Berkeley’s champion will compete against graduate student peers from other campuses at the UC-wide championship competition. This livestreamed event will be emceed by UC President Michael V. Drake. Competitors will be judged by notable leaders in industry, government, and media.
The top three prizes at the system-wide competition are $1,000 (People’s Choice), $2,000 (third place), $4,000 (second place), and $7,000 for the winner of the prestigious UCOP Grad Slam “Slammy” award.
Want to learn more about Grad Slam?
- Learn more about the 2019 Berkeley competition
- Check out profiles of previous winners of the system-wide competition
Watch the full 2019 Berkeley Grad Slam:
Learn from the System-Wide Finalists
Check out the previous system-wide UC Grad Slam events and winners:
Watch the full 2019 UC Systemwide Grad Slam: