UC Grad Slam Showcases Research Talent

In partnership with the Bay Area Council and LinkedIn, the University of California on April 22 held its second annual Grad Slam competition showcasing the breadth and depth of research UC’s 50,000 graduate and professional students are developing. Winners from each of the 10 campus contests competing at Grad Slam for the $6,000 prize were judged on how well they engage the audience, communicate key concepts and present focused ideas—all in 3 minutes or less!

“When scientists and scholars are able to communicate their research without jargon, it helps them connect with colleagues outside their field, get fellowships and land career opportunities,” said UC President Janet Napolitano who served as emcee. “But even more critically, it allows them to bring their expertise into the public sphere, where we all can benefit from their knowledge.”

This year the coveted “Slammy” trophy went to UC Riverside doctoral student Peter Byrley who is working to create smaller, more powerful microprocessors using graphene instead of silicon. Read more about the winner>>

Special thanks to Council member LinkedIn for hosting the Grad Slam at its newly opened, state-of-the-art 450,000 square foot office building in San Francisco. LinkedIn Senior Manager of Community Relations Katie Ferrick said of the event, “Grad students’ research has the potential to improve people’s lives and livelihoods, just as LinkedIn seeks to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. Their research represents a glimpse into the workforce of the future.”

To engage in the Council’s Workforce of the Future Initiative, please contact Senior Vice President of Policy Linda Bidrossian.

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