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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.

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 $50 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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Grad SLAM competition

Compete in Grad SLAM 2023

All students who submit their 3 minute video by February 21, 2023 get a $50 Visa gift card!


Meghana Pagadala

2022 Campus Champion

Congratulations to Meghana Pagadala, a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences, who will represent UC San Diego at the UC Systemwide Final Round on May 6, 2022 with her research talk entitled, "GERMTIME: How germline variants can make a difference in cancer immunity".

Watch Meghana's Talk

Congratulations to the 2022 Finalists

Participants are listed in alphabetical order.


Academic Area

 Margaret Burns
 Biomedical Sciences
 Mitchell Chandler  Scripps Institution of Oceanography
 Dang Do
 Political Science
 Brianna Marsh
 Brandon Mukogawa
 Biological Sciences
 Meghana Pagadala
 Biomedical Sciences
 Andrew Parlier
 Scripps Institution of Oceanography
 Stacy Pittman
 Biology Education
 Kyros Jijia Shen
 Experimental Psychology

Get Involved

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