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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.

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

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Grad SLAM competition

Grad SLAM 2021 will be All Virtual!

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Can you present your research in just 3 minutes?

Grad SLAM is an annual competitive public speaking event that gives graduate students the chance to showcase the impact of your research. Bring your work to the forefront for a live audience to share what you already know, that your research is cutting-edge, breaking barriers, and has the potential to change the world.

Not only will you master the skill of delivering your academic story in a dynamic way, but winners will also take home prizes ranging from $100 to $5,000. Grad SLAM will propel your professional communication skills to new heights-- your research is important, now it’s your turn to tell us why!

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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2019 Grad SLAM Campus Champion

Congratulations to Angela Nicholson a PhD student in Biological Sciences, who represented UC San Diego at the UC Systemwide Final Round in San Francisco with her research talk entitled "RNA Regulation: The Tail Wagging the Dogma".

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