Grad Slam Showcases Student Research

Christina Hueschen, Grad Slam top prize winner

Christina Hueschen, a graduate student in UC San Francisco’s Biomedical Sciences Program, took home the top prize at this year’s UCSF Grad Slam competition for her talk titled “How to Build an Elephant.” Christina's adviser is Sophie Dumont, PhD.

The third annual Grad Slam, held March 16, featured 10 UCSF graduate students competing to inform and entertain with three-minute science talks based on their own research. Their subjects ranged from the genetics of aging to the rewiring of injured neural circuits to spinal changes in astronauts.

The runner-up prize of $1,500 was awarded to Ashley Smart, a graduate student in the Neuroscience Program, advised by Grae Davis, PhD, and Jim Wells, PhD. The people’s choice award of $750, voted by the audience, was given to Sam Pollock, a graduate student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Program, advised by Jim Wells.

In his opening remarks, Sam Hawgood, MBBS, UCSF chancellor, said the Grad Slam is “a great celebration of what we’re about. It’s a celebration of science and the fact that we believe in evidence-based science to forward humankind.”

Congratulations to all 10 Grad Slam finalists! See the full story on the UCSF News Center, including more photos and videos of the prizewinning talks.


Photo above by Noah Berger.