Winners of the 2019 Graduate Research Symposium with VPDGS Lori Kletzer: Katheen Deck (Arts), Bhishek Manek (representing BSOE, tied for best overall, the Steck Family Prize for Graduate Research Excellence), VPDGS Lori Kletzer, Sara Nasab (tied for best in BSOE), Thomas Ng (tied for best in BSOE), Yiluan Song (Soc Sci), Radhika Prasad (Humanities), and Rachel Harbeitner (PBSci). Benjamin Lehmann (representing PBSci, tied for best overall, the Steck Family Prize for Graduate Research Excellence) not pictured.

15th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

McHenry Library
Information Commons South and Adjoining Classrooms
April 26, 2019
1:15 p.m. Kickoff by VPDGS Lori Kletzer and Chancellor George Blumenthal
1:30–3:30 p.m. Judging
3:30–5:30 p.m. Award Reception, south terrace and lawn

 

Winners

Steck Family Prize for Graduate Research Excellence, $1000
Tie, $1000 to each:

lori-kletzer-gives-benjamin-lehmann-his-steck-family-prize-for-graduate-research-excellence-certificate-outside-kerr-hall-on-may-1,-2019.jpgBenjamin LehmannPhysics, Catching black holes in the lab (talk presentation)

Benjamin Lehmann tied with Bhishek Manek (see below) for best overall, the Steck Family Prize for Graduate Research Excellence. He could not remain for the announcement of the winners and the presentation of prize certificates so received his certificate from VPDGS Lori Kletzer outside Kerr Hall on May 1, 2019 (photo left).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bhishek ManekApplied Mathematics, Solar Hemispheric Helicity Selection Rules: A New Theory Explaining Recent Solar Observations (poster presentation)

bhishek-manek-ties-for-steck-family-prize-for-graduate-research-excellence,-poses-with-lori-kletzer-cropped.jpgBhishek Manek receives his Steck Family Prize for Graduate Research Excellence certificate from Lori Kletzer, vice provost and dean of the Division of Graduate Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kathleen DeckDigital Arts and New Media, Enviro-Envision (alternative media presentation)

 

 

 

 

 

  

thomas-ng,-sara-nasab-tie-for-best-of-the-bsoe,-pose-with-lori-kletzer-cropped.jpgBest in Baskin School of Engineering, $250
Tie, $250 to each:

Sara Nasab, Applied Mathematics, The effect of particle inertia in particle-laden flows (poster presentation)

Thomas NgBiomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics, PedFac: factor-graph based Bayesian pedigree inference (alternative media presentation)

 

 

 

Best in Humanities Division, $250 radhika-prasad-wins-best-of-humanities-division,-poses-with-lori-kletzer-cropped.jpg

Radhika Prasad, Literature, Language and Transnationalism in the Works of Nirmal Verma (poster presentation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

rachel-harbeitner-and-lori-kletzer-1-cropped.jpgBest in Physical and Biological Sciences Division, $250

Rachel HarbeitnerOcean Sciences, Strong, highly resolved vertical gradients of diversity and distributions of bacteria in the oceanic water column (talk presentation)

 

 

 

 

 

 Best in Social Sciences Division, $250yiluan-song-wins-best-of-soc-sci-division,-poses-with-lori-kletzer-cropped.jpg

Yiluan SongEnvironmental Studies, Are plants keeping up with the climate? (talk presentation) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenes from the 2019 Graduate Research Symposium

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VPDGS Lori Kletzer and Chancellor George Blumenthal open the 15th annual Graduate Research Symposium in the Information Commons South and kick off the judging.

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Alirio Karina of the History of Consciousness program presents a poster titled Witchcraft, Medicine and Magic in Livingstone, Zambia (left). Delio Vasquez, also of the History of Consciousness program, presents a poster titled Michel Foucault’s Lost Theory of Resistance: From Political Crime to Popular Illegalisms (right).

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Members of the public, including graduate student alumni, browse presentations at the 15th annual Graduate Research Symposium (left). Thomas Ng of the Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics program gives his alternative media presentation titled PedFac: factor-graph based Bayesian pedigree inference to Rachel Neuman, director of graduate student life and manager of the Graduate Student Commons with the Division of Graduate Studies.

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Symposium attendees enjoyed the award reception after the close of judging at 3:30 p.m.


Presentation Formats

The UC Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium offers graduate students from every division the opportunity to discuss their research with colleagues on campus and with the public. Graduate students present their work in the following formats and venues:

  • 8-minute-maximum talk with or without visual accompaniment (slide presentation) in a library classroom bordering the 2nd-floor Information Commons South
  • 44.5" wide x 44.75" high poster in the open-forum showcase of the library’s Information Commons South
  • alternative media (audio/video presentation, software game presentation) in the open-forum showcase of the library’s Information Commons South
See Best Practices.

Prizes

  • Steck Family Prize for Graduate Research Excellence $1000
  • Best of the Arts Division $250
  • Best of the Baskin School of Engineering $250
  • Best of Humanities Division $250
  • Best of the Physical and Biological Sciences Division $250
  • Best of the Social Sciences Division $250

Judging

The symposium awards are decided by judges invited by the Division of Graduate Studies from among faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, alumni, trustees, donors, and community members.

See the Judging Rubric.

Winners of the 2018 symposium are listed here.