Nine Department of Education graduate students set to take part in UC Santa Barbara’s Graduate Student Showcase Grad Slam

Monday, April 7, 2014
the 2013 Grad Slam finalists

The nine 2013 Grad Slam finalists, including at fourth and fifth from left GGSE students Torrey Trust and Jasmin Llamas.  (photo courtesy UCSB Grad Post)

Nine Gevirtz School graduate students in the Department of Education are taking part in the 2014 UC Santa Barbara’s Graduate Student Showcase Grad Slam. The students participating in the Grad Slam – a campus-wide competition for the best three-minute talk – are Henry L. Covarrubias, Ryan Dippre, Mario Galicia, Jr., Gary Haddow, Jenna Joo, Sunny Kim, Elizabeth Mainz, Sungmin Moon, Priscilla Pereschica, and Michele N. Zugnoni. Sixty-three graduate students representing departments and programs all across campus are scheduled to compete. This is an opportunity for graduate students to tell the campus about their research or share their thoughts on big ideas that matter. Creative presentations are welcome but all talks must include a live oral presentation and between one and three PowerPoint slides. The grand prize is $2,500. Two runners-up will receive $1,000. And, the top four presenters in each preliminary round will receive a $50 gift card to the UCSB bookstore. A full calendar of Graduate Student Showcase events is on-line:

The Gevirtz School presentations will be:

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 1
Gary Haddow, “Beyond War: Rebuilding Liberia’s Ethnic and National Identities”
Monday, April 7, 11 a.m. - noon
Student Resource Building Multipurpose Room

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 3
Jenna Joo, “Understanding Second Language Acquisition from a Sociocognitive Perspective”
Tuesday, April 8, 11 a.m. - noon
ESB (Engineering Science Building) 1001

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 4
Sunny Kim, “Improving Social Skills in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Tuesday, April 8, 3 - 4 p.m.
Library Pacific View Room (8th floor)

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 5
Elizabeth Mainz, “Teachers’ Beliefs about Language: Gaining Positive Perspectives” Wednesday, April 9, 11 a.m. - noon
Student Resource Building Multipurpose Room

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 6
Ryan Dippre, “Brutal Silence: Words That Don’t Matter, Writing That Doesn’t Exist” Wednesday, April 9, 4 - 5 p.m.
IHC McCune Conference Room 6020

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 7
Sungmin Moon, “TIMSS, the Past, the Present, and the Future”
Thursday, April 10, 11 a.m. - noon
Elings 1605

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 9
Michele N. Zugnoni, “Levels of Alienation: Assessing the Effects of a Creative Writing Program on a Population of Incarcerated Adolescent Boys”
Friday, April 11, 11 a.m. - noon
Student Resource Building Multipurpose Room

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 10
Priscilla Pereschica, “Academic Socialization of Latina and Latino Undergraduate Students at UCSB”
Mario Galicia, Jr., “From ‘At-Risk’ to ‘At-Promise’: Critical Pedagogy at Work for High School Youth Participants of Intervention Program”
Friday, April 11, 3 - 4 p.m.
Elings 1605

[The student presenters are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]