Mind-bending research, made simple

UC graduate students spend years on their thesis. Can they explain it in just three minutes?

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.

Congratulations to the

2021 Winners

Congratulations to UC Merced’s Shayna Bennett who took home the 2021 Slammy, and to all the amazing competitors in this year’s contest.

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A new tool to fight invasive species

Shayna Bennett

UC Merced

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