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

2018 Winners

The results are in!

The Slammy goes to UC Berkeley’s Joseph Charbonnet for his talk on using sand to capture and use stormwater.

2nd place: UCSF’s Yiqi Cao, on a way to make better, longer lasting stents.

3rd place: UC Merced’s Portia Mira, on a promising solution to antibiotic resistance.

People’s Choice: UC Santa Barbara’s Mengya Tao, on a better way to test chemicals for harmful effects.

A stormwater solution

Joseph Charbonnet

UC Berkeley

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