Yiqi Cao, a bioengineering graduate student in the lab of Tejal Desai, PhD, professor and chair of bioengineering and therapeutic sciences, won the top prize of $3,000 as well as the people's choice award in the fourth annual UCSF Grad Slam competition. Inez Raharjo, also a graduate student in the Bioengineering PhD program, was named runner-up.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has announced the 2018 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recipients. Among them are three PhD candidates at UC San Francisco — Eric Dang, Kamena Kostova, and Adam Larson.
Nominations for the prestigious award are solicited internationally. In all, 13 Weintraub Award recipients were named, representing 10 top research-intensive universities, including Harvard, MIT, Scripps, and Stanford. Only UCSF has three Weintraub awardees this year.
The Graduate Division has announced the finalists in the 2018 Grad Slam competition at UC San Francisco. The Grad Slam contest challenges PhD students to present a compelling presentation of their dissertation research in three minutes or less, using language that not only their peers – but also non-specialists – will understand. Since 2015, the competition has been held across all ten campuses of the University of California.
At about the same time that Ashley Smart, PhD, was finishing up her doctoral degree in UC San Francisco’s Neuroscience Program in December, she was also wrapping up another training experience: an internship doing scientific illustration — specifically, drawing botanical specimens at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences.