Grad Slam

Grad Slam, also known as the 3-Minute Thesis Challenge, gives graduate students three minutes to share their research, concisely and compellingly, with a public audience. (Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT®, is a registered trademark of The University of Queensland.)


Tori KleinThe Division of Graduate Studies canceled its 2021 Grad Slam competition and sent 2020 Grad Slam Champion Tori Klein (Ph.D. 2020, Chemistry and Biochemistry) to the University of California Office of the President 2021 Grad Slam, an online event livestreamed May 7, 2021. Tori acquitted herself with aplomb among a stellar group of UC Grad Slam champions! Thank you, Tori!

Tori won the UCSC 2020 Grad Slam with her presentation Using zombie insects to find a cure for cancer. She moved to Washington, D.C., after completing her Ph.D. in December 2020 at UCSC and started a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s National Cancer Institute in Frederick, MD. She continues to study how we can use natural products in cancer treatments. She is currently working with a compound that comes from scorpion venom and is being used to help surgeons distinguish between healthy tissue and tumors during brain surgery, and she is also studying how a compound that comes from a marine sponge could make certain chemotherapies more effective.

After winning the 2020 UCSC Grad Slam championship, Tori received third place in the finals of the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) contest! Congratulations, Tori!


Past Participants and Winners

View UCSC 2020 Grad Slam winners and finalists here.

Find all past UCSC Grad Slam participants and winners here.

Visit UCOP Grad Slam to view the 2021 finalists.

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