The UC San Diego Grad SLAM is a graduate student competitive speaking event that showcases graduate student research. Grad SLAM participants present their research using three PowerPoint slides in a three-minute “TED-like talk” that can be understood by a general audience. Presenters will compete in successive rounds and receive prizes ranging from $100.00-$5,000.00. The top winner will have the opportunity to compete in the annual UC system-wide Grad SLAM competition in Northern California. All travel expenses to participate in the statewide competition will be covered by the Graduate Division.
The goal of this event is to share with the campus community the tremendous quality of the graduate research at UC San Diego and offers an opportunity for graduate students to develop oratorical skill, a dynamic delivery, and compelling content when presenting their academic research.
Participants will be randomly assigned to preliminary rounds where two students from each preliminary round will be chosen to move forward to semi finals. Approximately twenty students will compete in the semi-final rounds with the goal of choosing ten speakers to go on to the Grad SLAM finals.
For more information about the systemwide Grad SLAM contest, check out the University of California website.
How to "Speak Research" and Be Understood
This workshop will highlight techniques to make you successful in the competition.
Drop-In Coaching Sessions
UCSD Final Round
UC systemwide Final
Katy Brecht is a member of the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) Communication and Leadership team! She brings a wealth of experience in event planning and leadership development from her previous roles on campus. Prior to working at CSI Katy served as Coordinator of Student Activities at Muir College, where she advised 13 Muir College student organizations and coordinated leadership conferences as well as cultural, social and educational programs. Previously, Katy served as College Outreach Coordinator for Non-Resident Students, where she planned initiatives for international and out-of state students, developed assessment plans and assisted with student leadership trainings. Katy is an alumnae of UC San Diego with a degree in Cognitive Science and after graduating from UCSD she earned a master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California.
Tiffany Fox is a Public Information Representative for the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego, as well as an award-winning public speaker. She helps researchers tell their research stories and has offered research communications training to hundreds of undergraduates and grad students at UC San Diego, across a wide range of disciplines. She also writes a weekly newsletter on research communications, Research Refined. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Tiffany was a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune for 10 years. She is a freelance journalist and has written for local, national and international publications on a multitude of topics spanning science, engineering, technology and the arts. She is also a certified yoga teacher, served in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and is a mother of two.
Videos in order of presentation
Videos in order of presentation