On March 9, 2022, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. Candidate, Kelsi Rutledge, won 1st Place at the 2022 UCLA Grad Slam Finals for a beautifully clear and engaging presentation of her Ph.D. research: “The Fluid Dynamics of Smell: A Stingray’s Perspective”.  The results of her research are already being used by the Navy to design underwater vehicles that can better detect dangerous chemicals in water.

UCLA Grad Slam is a campus-wide (and UC-wide) competition that awards graduate students for clearly communicating their research to a general audience, with a compelling 3-minute research presentation.  Each year, graduate students across UCLA’s campus compete in Grad Slam, and the winner advances to compete in the final UC-wide competition. The competition highlights the excellence, importance and relevance of UC graduate student research.


Click below to watch the 3-minute award-winning presentation: