Join us for a unique opportunity to see some of UCI's top graduate scholars show off their impressive research in a competition setting. Virtual seats for this special event are limited and we want YOU to be here! Click here to reserve your spot!
We started off with 50 impressive semifinals contestants and now we're down to the final 10! Click below to learn about each presenter. The winner will earn the right to crowned "2021 UCI Grad Slam Champion"!
What is Grad Slam? Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This competition not only highlights the excellence, importance and relevance of UCI graduate scholars and their research, but it is also designed to increase graduate students' communication skills and their capacity to effectively present their work with poise and confidence. It is an opportunity to share accomplishments with the campus, friends of UCI, the local community, and the broader public. This year's edition of Grad Slam will be virtual, from the semifinals all the way through UC Systemwide Finals.
Why Apply? Grad Slam contestants receive advanced communication skills training and a competitive CV/resume line. Additionally, winners receive cash prizes up to $5,000! The systemwide winner earns the coveted title of 2021 Grad Slam Champion and the coveted "Slammy". Click the yellow button above to apply, the deadline is January 13, 2021!
Take a look below to see the winning performance from last year's competition. The event is open to ALL graduate students!
Questions? Contact the Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website for more details!
2021 Competition Schedule
UCI Grad Slam Virtual Semifinals Dates Friday, January 15, 2021: Applicants will be notified on their advancement to semifinals Week of January 18 - 22, 2021: Semifinalists record their 3-minute presentation with Graduate Division staff virtually.
UCI Grad Slam Virtual Campus Finals Dates Friday, January 29, 2021: Applicants will be notified on their advancement to campus finals. Week of February 1 - 5, 2021: Individual public speaking coaching with Bri McWhorter. Week of February 8 - 22, 2021: Campus Finalists pre-record 3-minute presentation with UCI Media Services on campus. March 4, 2021:Virtual Grad Slam Finals Event!
UC Systemwide Competition Date: TBD Time: TBD
The communications course at UCI’s Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center (GPSRC) was instrumental in helping me win the inaugural Grad Slam competition, because it taught me about different aspects of speaking and engaging with the audience and I highly recommend the course for all graduate scholars."- Ashley Fong, UC System-Wide 2015 Grad Slam Winner
All graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
Grad Slam contestants receive advanced communication skills training and a competitive CV/resume line. Additionally, winners receive prizes up to $9,000! The systemwide winner earns the coveted title of 2020 Grad Slam Champion and the coveted "Slammy".
Below are links to livestreams that were recorded at the 2018 UCI campus finals competition and the 2019 systemwide competition in San Francisco: