Grad Slam 2016 Results

Submitted on April 5, 2016
Grad Slam Logo, which has a starburst image with the text "Grad Slam $1000 a minute" on it in red and blue

Congratulations to all of this year's finalists and award winners.This year, the top three presenters and the Honorable Mention will represent the UA at the statewide Arizona 3-Minute Grad Slam, a presentation competition featuring the top presenters from the UA, Northern Arizona University, and Arizona State University. Videos of the all the finalists' presentations will be available on the Grad Slam Videos page and the UA Libraries' Grad Slam 2016 Vimeo album.

Winners of the Grad Slam Grand Prizes, sponsored by the Office for Research & Discovery, are:

  • 1st Place ($3,000): Shayan Khoshmagham, Systems Engineering doctoral student, for his talk on "Connected Vehicles - The Future of Transportation"
  • 2nd Place ($2,000): Alejandro Martinez Chibly, Cancer Biology GIDP doctoral student, for his talk on "Saving lives one salivary gland at a time"
  • 3rd Place ($1,000): Andisheh Ranjbari, Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering focus) doctoral student, for her talk on "Flexpress: A New Intercity Public Transit Service"

The Grad Slam Honorable Mention Award recipient is

  • Scott Daniel, Molecular and Cellular Biology doctoral student, for his talk "What poo can do for you?"

New this year is the Grad Slam People's Choice Award, determined by the audience at the Final Round. The recipient of the People's Choice Award is:

  • Alejandro Martinez Chibly, Cancer Biology GIDP doctoral student, for his talk on "Saving lives one salivary gland at a time"

Also new this year are two awards, Best Environmental Presentation and Best Environment and Social Justice Presentation, determined during semifinals by the UA Institute of the Environment and the UA's Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.

The recipients of the Best Environmental Presentation Award (both receive $500), sponsored by the Institute of Environment, are:

  • Victoria Ligon, Family and Consumer Sciences - Retailing and Consumer Sciences doctoral student, for her talk "Shop More, Buy Less: A qualitative investigation into consumer decisions that lead to food waste"
  • Joshua Scholl, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology doctoral student, for his talk "Are plants of the Southwest hedging their bets for survival?"

Best Environment and Social Justice Presentation Award Winner, sponsored by the Haury Program:

  • Joe Dupris, Anthropology and Linguistics doctoral student, for his talk "An Exercise in Linguistics Sovereignty"