18th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

McHenry Library
Main Floor (2nd)
Information Commons South and Adjoining Classrooms and Quiet Study Lounge
Friday, April 22, 2022


courtney-kersten-240x240.png Best Overall Presentation of the Symposium, $1000
Courtney Kersten
Humanities Division
The Madwoman of Cripple Creek: An Imagined Life of Linda Goodman
Talk presentation via Zoom
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David Crellin
Digital Arts and New Media
Troubled Waters: The Ocean as Contested Space in California Surf Culture
Alternative media presentation in person
fahim-hasan-khan-wins-best-of-bsoe-at-symposium-april-22,-2022.jpg Best of the Baskin School of Engineering, $250
Fahim Hasan Khan
Computer Science and Engineering
Machine Learning Supported Mobile Apps for Citizen Science
Poster presentation in person
linda-ulbrich.jpg Best of the Humanities Division, $250
Linda Ulbrich
“Indeed it isn’t fighting”: Poison Gas in the Eyes of a First World War Nurse
Talk presentation in person
amy-freiberg-wins-best-of-pbsci-at-the-symposium,-april-22,-2022.jpeg Best of the Physical and Biological Sciences Division, $250
Amy Freiberg
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
Analysis of C-Terminal Membrane Anchor on Cellular Prion Protein Structure and Function
Poster presentation in person
lucia-alvarado-cantero-wins-best-of-social-sciences-at-symposium,-april-22,-2022-favorite.jpg Best of the Social Sciences Division, $250
Lucia Alvarado Cantero
Animated Cuentos in an Escuela in Borderlands: Education “in between”
Talk presentation in person


Chancellor Cynthia Larive (left) and Vice Provost and Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies Peter Biehl (right) hold a laptop with Best of the Symposium winner Courtney Kersten attending via Zoom.





Presentation Format

The UC Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium offers graduate students from every division the opportunity to present their research or other graduate work to the public. In 2022, the symposium returns as an in-person live event at McHenry Library. Current graduate students in every program, studying for any terminal degree, may present their work in:

  • Short talks (5-minute maximum presentation, with up to 2 minutes of Q&A with judges), with or without slides or other visual accompaniment
  • Large research posters (5-minute maximum presentation, with up to 2 minutes of Q&A with judges)
  • Alternative media, such as video clips or software game snippets (5-minute maximum presentation includes time to play or demonstrate alternative media, with up to 2 minutes of Q&A with judges)

Recipients of qualifying fellowships are required to participate.

Registration is limited to:

  • 36 short talk presenters
  • 48 large poster presenters
  • 10 alternative media presenters


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.

Announcement of Winners and Prizes

Vice Provost and Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies Peter Biehl will announce the winners during the post-judging period reception on the McHenry Library South Lawn.

Friday, April 22, 2022
Approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time

  • Best of the Symposium $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


The Division of Graduate Studies reserves the right to cancel the symposium should an insufficient number of graduate students register by the registration deadline of April 15, 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time (noon).

Winners of the 2021 symposium are listed here.