Biology Student Wins 2017 Rebel Grad Slam Competition

Nov. 6, 2017

Congratulations to biology Ph.D. student Austin McKenna, who won 1st place in the 2017 Rebel Grad Slam 3-Minute Thesis Competition. His presentation was titled, "A Tale of a Paradoxical Relationship: Starvation and Obesity." McKenna's mentor is life sciences professor Allen Gibbs.

For winning, the College of Sciences will once again have the Rebel Grad Slam 'Stache' trophy to display for the next year. 

For the competition, the College of Sciences had five of the 10 finalists. Ph.D. student Lorena Samentar won 3rd place for her presentation, "Development of a Novel Alzheimer's Therapy." Her mentor is life sciences assistant professor Nora Caberoy. 

In addition, David Goldberger, a master's physics student, tied for the Audience Choice Award. His presentation was titled, "Breaking More Stuff with X-rays." His mentor is physics professor Michael Pravica. 

Other finalists included:

Anthony Waddle, master's student
"Overcoming the Amphibian Extinction Crisis"
Advisors: Jef Jaeger and Frank van Breukelen (School of Life Sciences)

Daniel Walsh, master's student
Mojave Microbes as Martian Analogs
Advisors: Dr. Duane Moser (Desert Research Institute) and Brian Hedlund (School of Life Sciences)

About the Competition
The Rebel Grad Slam 3-Minute Thesis Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research and scholarship in an engaging way. The idea is to explain who you are, what you study, why you study it, what your research question is, how you're analyzing it, and — most importantly — why it matters to folks outside your field using 1 PowerPoint slide and less than 3 minutes! This is a fast paced research rumble to highlight the innovative and impactful work being done by UNLV graduate students.