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UC Merced’s Shayna Bennett grabs Grad Slam gold

UC graduate students spend years on their research, but last Friday, May 7, they competed to wow viewers by summarizing their work in just three minutes.

UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., emceed the annual Grad Slam contest, in which Ph.D. students in disciplines from music to metabolic biology presented their work and its impact simply and succinctly.

UC Merced’s Shayna Bennett took home the 2021 Slammy, and UC Santa Barbara’s Logan Kozal won the People’s Choice award.

Bennett studied numerical methods for partial differential equations to understand how landscape features, such as rivers, roads and mountains, affect the spreading rate and pattern of invasive species. Watch her three-minute presentation here:

Have a bit more time this evening? Check out the full recording of Grad Slam, hosted by President Drake:

Visit the Grad Slam website for more details about this fun annual contest, including past winners.

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  1. Elizabeth Ellis May 11, 2021 Reply

    I highly recommend this! It is one of my favorite events of the UC year. For those of us who are less in touch with the amazing work being done on campuses, this is a wonderful sneak peek.

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