LAS Graduate Students: The 2020 Mountain Lion Grand Slam Competition

Matthew Copus, winner of the 2019 Grand Slam competition, presenting his research, “Magnetic Rogue Waves.” Matthew’s research mentor was Dr. Bob Camley, Professor of Physics

The UCCS Mountain Lion Grad Slam competition finals, this year an all-LAS event, will take place Friday (1/31/20) from 12-1 in Berger Hall. Graduate students will explain their research in an engaging way. Each student gets 1 slide and 3 minutes to present their research to a layperson audience. The winner of this competition represents UCCS at the Colorado Graduate Schools competition and at the Western Association of Graduate Schools competition.

This year’s finalists:

Amanda Devane (Psychology), The Power of Belief: Revolutionizing the Way We Provide Trauma Treatment, Advisor: Dr. Charles Benight

Brittini A. Hill (Biology), Immigrant Dolphins, Advisor: Dr. Jeremy Bono

Julia Hilliard (Biology), Winter is Coming: Lyme Disease Interaction in the Tick, Advisor: Dr. Meghan Lybecker

Julie Hurd (Psychology), To Use or Not to Use: The Relationship Between Marijuana and Trauma Recovery, Advisor: Dr. Charles Benight

Brianne McGrath (Physics), The Strange Magnet: Iron Rhodium, Advisors: Dr. Karen Livesey and Dr. Robert Camley

Sara Rodriguez (Biochemistry), Role of Large Genome Arrangements on Genome Organization and Gene Expression in Neurospora crassa, Advisor: Dr. Andrew Klocko

Winners and presentations videos from past years can be viewed on the Grand Slam webpage.

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