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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Merced, San Diego and Santa Barbara wrap up the campus Grad Slam contests this month.

Check out all our finalists to see who will be competing in San Francisco!


Angela Nicholson

UC San Diego

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