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.

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Grad Slam 2018 has begun!

Good luck to slick-tongued Banana Slugs competing in the UC Santa Cruz Grad Slam this Friday.

Check the dates for campus contests, and see the past winners for clips of past contestants’ speeches.

Making mental health more engaging and accessible

Leslie Rith-Najarian


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