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6 GPB Students Announced as 2019 UCLA Grad Slam Semi-Finalists

6 GPB students have been announced as a 2019 UCLA Grad Slam Semi-Finalists. 

Grad Slam is campus and UC-wide competition for graduate students in which they highlight their research in a 3-minute presentation.  The presenters are judged on the ability to articulate their research concisely and effectively to a non-specialist audience.  Winners of the final round will receive fellowships in the amounts of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 and the top winner will advance to the University of California final competition on May 10, 2019 in San Francisco.  The UCLA semi-final round will occur on March 5 and the final round is scheduled for March 13, 2019.

Congratulations to the following GPB students:

Allison Daly, Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis Home Area – Your Immune System, Your Best Friend Or Worst Enemy?

Aleksandr Gorin, Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis Home Area (MSTP), Designing An HIV Vaccine

Nyasha Maforo, Physics & Biology in Medicine Home Area – At The Heart Of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Catherine Schweppe, Neuroscience Home Area – Rewiring The Brain After Stroke

Alexander  Sercel, Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis Home Area – Recharging The Batteries Of Life

Allyson Terry, Molecular Pharmacology Home Area – Securing The Health Of Organ Transplant Recipients


More information about Grad Slam can be found here, including a full list of semi-finalists.  


UPDATE – March 15, 2019

Congratulations to Nayasha Maforo (Physics in Biology in Medicine) for her first place finish in the 2019 UCLA Grad Slam competition.  Nyasha will receive a $5000 grant and will compete at the all-UC Grad Slam competition on Friday, May 10th at the LinkedIn Headquarters in San Francisco.  Additionally, Allison Daly (Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis) won 2nd prize ($3000) and 3 other students were selected as finalists (Aleksandr Gorin – Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis, Alexander Sercel – Immunity, Microbes & Molecular Pathogenesis, and Allyson Terry – Molecular Pharmacology). 

A full video of the live stream presentations can be found here.