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Annual Grad SLAM Competition

Find Your Voice

Graduate students can participate in this annual public speaking competition showcasing the potential impact of their research and winning cash prizes.

Iris Garcia-Pak

2024 UC Champion

Congratulations to Iris Garcia-Pak, a PhD student in Neurosciences, who was named the 2024 UC Grad SLAM Champion with her research talk entitled, "The Brain: An Exclusive VIP Club".

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Congratulations to the 2024 Finalists

Participants are listed in alphabetical order


Academic Area

 Sai Krishna Bhamidipati
 Iris Garcia-Pak  Neurosciences
 Selina Huang
 Experimental Psychology
 Elena Lin
 Biomedical Sciences
 Fernando Melendez Vazquez
 Scripps Institution of Oceanography
 Faiaz Mir
 Global Policy and Strategy
 Cynthia Nyongesa
 Omowuyi Olajide
 Ayse Sahan
 Biomedical Sciences
 Mayia Vranas

Participant Resources

Preparation Assistance

Workshop and coaching information to help you get ready for your presentation

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Additional Resources

Learn how to tell your research story, prep an excellent presentation, and build public speaking confidence.

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Grad SLAM competition

Compete in Grad SLAM

Learn to communicate the impact of your research in three minutes or less and win prizes.

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Grad SLAM Alumni Spotlight

Hear from Grad SLAM alumni about the impact participation had on their graduate student experience as well as their professional career pathways.

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Get Involved

If you aren't a current UC San Diego graduate student, but want to support the Grad SLAM event, let us know!