Edwards Lifesciences Named Championship Sponsor of UCI 2023 Grad Slam

Irvine, Calif. – Edwards Lifesciences will serve as the Championship Sponsor of the ninth annual UCI Grad Slam competition. As the first Championship Sponsor in the history of this prestigious competition, UCI thanks Edwards for its support of our graduate scholars. The event will take place at Edwards’ Irvine campus on March 9.

Edwards Lifesciences is a global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world’s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives.

“We are so excited to partner with Edwards Lifesciences and couldn’t think of a more appropriate Championship Sponsor,” said Gillian Hayes, Vice Provost for Graduate Education. “Like our graduate students, Edwards is committed to making our world a better place and improving lives all around the world.”

Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This in-person 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. In this competition, graduate students master the ability to effectively present their work with poise and confidence. It is also an opportunity to share accomplishments with the campus, friends of UCI, the local community, and the broader public.

There are still several sponsorship packages available, but they are going fast. Sponsorship opportunities include the ability to network with the graduate student competitors, UC Irvine stakeholders, as well as other industry and community partners. Most sponsorship levels include an invitation to our VIP reception held at the Edwards Lifesciences Irvine campus as well as reserved seating for the competition. Some sponsorship levels include a seat at the judges’ table for an up-close interaction with the amazing Grad Slam student finalists. For sponsorship inquires, contact Jennifer Ellinger at

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