SJSU Grad Slam
Grad Slam 2023 was a Success!
Congratulations to all our finalists and our 2023 Winners! First Place for SJSU & CSU: Jaedyn L. Rollins; Second Place: Hoang-Vi Vu; and Audience Choice Winner: Peace Lu!
And the 2023 winners are...
First Place SJSU & CSU-wide Grad Slam
Jaedyn L. Rollins
Biological Sciences, Systems Physiology, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "The RhD Locus: A Safe Solution for Gene Editing"
Biological Sciences, M.S.
Title of Presentation:"Assessing the Effects of a Molecule on Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy"
Audience Choice Winner
Speech Language Pathology, M.S.
Title of Presentation:"Rethinking Stuttering Diagnosis Criteria for Bilingual Children"
Meet the SJSU Grad Slam 2023 Finalists
Amanbeer Singh Khanduja Artificial Intelligence, M.S.Title of Presentation: "The Future is Red"
Ashly Joseph Computer Engineering, M.S.Title of Presentation: "Li-Fi – Wi-Fi Heterogeneous Network: Implementation and Challenges"
Chloë Angst Applied Anthropology, M.A.Title of Presentation: "Taphonomy and Homelessness in San José, California"
David Poirier Masters in Business AdministrationTitle of Presentation: "Fighting Student Poverty with Professional Mentorship"
Diana Di Huang Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, (Ed.D.)
Title of Presentation: "A New and Empowering Asian American Parent’s Parenting Model"
Hoang-Vi Vu Biological Sciences, M.S.Title of Presentation: "Assessing the Effects of a Molecule on Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy"
Jaedyn L. Rollins Biological Sciences, Systems Physiology, M.S.Title of Presentation: "The RhD Locus: A Safe Solution for Gene Editing"
John Cooper Statistics, M.S.Title of Presentation: "Few-Shot Learning for Fast-Acquisition, High-Resolution Microscopy"
Padmaja Kota Iyer Environmental Studies, M.S.Title of Presentation: "Who Should Decide Where Lithium Is Mined?"
Peace Lu Speech Language Pathology, M.S.Title of Presentation: "Rethinking Stuttering Diagnosis Criteria for Bilingual Children"
Meet the 2023 Grad Slam Judges and Emcee
Stefan Frazier JudgeStefan Frazier is Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Language Development at SJSU. An 18-year veteran of the university, he has promoted student success and celebration whenever possible, especially in his role as Chair of the SJSU Academic Senate (2017-2019). He is a long-time educator of English as a second language and a trainer of ESL teachers. Above all, he is interested in how people display their individuality and creativity, whether via language or through the arts, sciences, or education.
Dr. David Kosmeyer JudgeDr. David Korsmeyer is the deputy center director for Research and Technology at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley, and is responsible for the overall scope and direction of the center’s operations and facilities. He also manages the NASA Research Park – co-located at Moffett Field – which hosts academic, industry, and other government organizations. He is one of four senior center leaders guiding and managing NASA’s virtual institutes based at Ames, competitive internal research and development projects, and external research collaborations.
Meenakshi Goel JudgeMeenakshi Goel is a Principal Scientific Researcher in the Department of Small Molecule Pharmaceutical Sciences at Genentech, a member of Roche Pharmaceuticals, a leading international biotechnology company. As an analytical chemist, she supports research, development, and clinical manufacturing of best-in-class therapeutics using state-of-the-art analytical techniques like High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry, Supercritical fluid chromatography, multi-dimensional liquid chromatography and more.
Kate Forrest JudgeKate Forrest is a current student at SJSU, studying for her Master’s degree in Meteorology and Climate Science. She was our first place winner at last year’s Grad Slam competition, and represented SJSU at the Western Association of Graduate Schools Grad Slam a few weeks ago. You may have seen her winning presentation today in the pre-show reel. She is a graduate assistant at SJSU’s Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center. Kate’s passion for fire weather was ignited after following California’s 2020 wildfire season and has since taken an interest in fire weather forecasting. In exciting news, she has just accepted a meteorologist position at the National Weather Service in Sacramento upon graduation this spring.
Holt Hanley EmceeGrowing up as a surfer in Northern California, weather has always been a big part of Holt’s life. When he was 14, he decided it was his goal to become a broadcast meteorologist. He began working toward this goal by receiving a degree in Earth Science from Cal Poly. After the "Northern California firestorm" in 2017, he decided to fine-tune his focus toward the intersection of weather and wildfire, He saw that wildfire was becoming a huge problem in California, and hoped to one day be part of the solution. Holt earned his Master’s in Meteorology at San Jose State University, working in the Fire Weather Research Laboratory. His thesis combined machine learning and wildfire prediction.
Meet the SJSU Grad Slam 2023 Semi-Finalists
Abhishek Vaid Computer Science, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "Deep learning neural machine translation conversational agent"
Aditi Agrawal Computer Science, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "Deep Learning Neural Machine Translation Conversational Agent"
Afroz Shaukat Inamdar Software Engineering, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "CodEval: Automated Grading Tool for Programming Assignment"
Antonio Cervantes Mechanical Engineering, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "First Steps Towards Physics-based Firebrand Shower Models"
Ayush Wattal Data Analytics, M.S.
Title of Presenation: "Rooftop Solar Panel & Energy Estimation"
David Benterou Environmental Studies, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "Home Wildfire Mitigation: Does Safety Impact California Plants?"
Gabby Acevedo Munares Biomedical Engineering, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "A Novel Method for Assessing Biomaterials Used in Open Heart Surgery"
Orissa Smith-Goshen Occupational Therapy, Ph.D.
Title of Presentation: "Habits, Perspectives, and Emotional Outlooks: An Exploration of how First-Year University Students in Occupational Therapy Navigate an Evolving Educational Landscape"
Sachin Kumar Srinivasa Murthy Data Analytics, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "Enhancing Job Seekers' Adaptability to Dynamic Skill Demand Shifts: A Novel Information System Design beyond Traditional Job Descriptions"
Sarvesh Upadhye Software Engineering, M.S.
Title of Presentation: "Custom Kubernetes Autoscaler"
Tam Tran Urban Planning, MUP
Title of Presentation: "The Challenges When Buying Food Without Cars"
What is Grad Slam?
Since its inception in 2019, Grad Slam at San José State University has become a well-known and recognized event. Grad Slam, a research communication competition or also known as a three-minute thesis competition, is an exciting and fast-paced event where graduate students present their research in three minutes with one slide to a non-specialist audience. Students compete in front of a live audience and a panel of judges, and are scored on their ability to communicate their work and its impact effectively in three minutes.
Past Grad Slam Participant Testimonials
And the 2022 Winners are...
Title of Presentation - "Fire Tornadoes: The Unicorns of Fire Weather"
Title of Presentation - "Buried Treasure in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park"
Title of Presentation - "A Computational Approach to Identify Complex DNA Binding Sites to Study Gene Regulation"