Gevirtz School graduate students take part in school-wide and campus-wide Grad Slam events

Monday, April 2, 2018
2017 Gevirtz School Grad Slam

Faculty and presenters at the 2017 Gevirtz School Grad Slam event

Eight Gevirtz School graduate students will take part in the School’s internal Grad Slam on April 3 and six students will participate in the 2018 UC Santa Barbara’s Graduate Student Showcase Grad Slam that runs from April 9-20. For both Grad Slam events, graduate students have the chance to tell the campus about their research or share their thoughts on big ideas that matter, in just a three-minute talk.

All the presentations are free and open to the public.

The Gevirtz School event will be Tuesday, April 3 in Education 1215 and begin at 11:30 am. This slam is non-competitive and meant to help participants hone their skills. The presenters and their titles:
Sami Alsalloom, “Measuring Musical Emotion”
James Gribble, “BlockbasedVR: Where Children Learn to Code in Virtual Reality”
Jacob Kirksey, “Schools as Sanctuaries: Is ICE Raiding Public Education?”
Jasmine McBeath, “Community-Oriented Making: Engineering Change”
Monica Mendoza, “Student Conceptions of Three-Dimensional Solids”
David Sanosa, “BlockbasedVR: Learning to Program in a Virtual Reality Environment”
Odelia Simon, “Math and Science Identity Equivalent”
Meghna Soni, “Improving Children’s Fraction Understanding through the Use of Number Line”

Sixty-five graduate students representing departments and programs all across campus are scheduled to compete in the campus-wide event. Creative presentations are welcome but all talks must include a live oral presentation and between one and three PowerPoint slides. This year Graduate Division will award more than $15,000 in cash and prizes. A full calendar of Graduate Student Showcase events is on-line.

The Gevirtz School presentations will be:

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 1
Jim Gribble | Education
“Children Learning to Code in Virtual Reality”
Monday, April 9, 11 am – 12 pm
Engineering Science Building 1001

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 2
Jasmine McBeath | Education
“Community-Oriented Making: Engineering Change”
Monday, April 9, 3 pm – 4 pm
McCune Conference Room
 
Grad Slam Preliminary Round 3
Jacob Kirksey | Education
“Schools as Sanctuaries: Is ICE Raiding the American Dream from Schoolgoing Immigrant-Origin Youth?”
Tuesday, April 10, 11 am – 12 pm
Engineering Science Building 1001
 
Grad Slam Preliminary Round 4
Odelia Simon | Education
“Math and Science Identity Equivalence”
Tuesday, April 10, 3 – 4 pm
SRB Multipurpose Room

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 6
Meghna Soni | Education
“Improving Children’s Fraction Understanding through the Use of Number Line”
Thursday, April 12, 11 am – 12 pm
ESB (Engineering Science Building) 1001

Grad Slam Preliminary Round 7
Sami Alsalloom | Education
“Measuring Musical Emotions”
Thursday, April 12, 3 pm - 4 pm
UCen State Street Room

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