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Three new Grad Slam winners crowned in a battle for brevity

Shannon Brady, Iris Garcia-Pak and Kacie Ring

(From left to right): Shannon Brady, Iris Garcia-Pak and Kacie Ring

The ninth annual systemwide Grad Slam competition took place on Friday, May 3 at the LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco. Ten contestants — one graduate student from each UC campus — were charged with the challenge of condensing years of nuanced research into clear, compelling talks of 180 seconds or less. Each participant was already a champion, having beat out contenders in their own campus competitions before coming together for the ultimate matchup.

Congratulations to the 2024 UC Grad Slam winners:

  • Iris Garcia-Pak, UC San Diego, 1st place
    The brain: An exclusive VIP club
  • Kacie Ring, UC Santa Barbara, 2nd place and People’s Choice
    Healthy forests, healthy humans
  • Shannon Brady, UC Riverside, 3rd place
    Thinking out loud: Is self-talk a secret to success?

Read the full story — and watch event videos — at the UC Newsroom

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