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Grad Slam Judging

A photo of the 2018 Grad Slam judge panel.

Volunteer to Judge

Volunteers play a key role as competition judges for the Grad Slam events. All UC Davis facult and staff members are invited to volunteer as a judge for the Grad Slam Qualifying round. No research experience is required, as presenters are tasked with communicating their research to a public audience. A panel of faculty and staff members will judge each preliminary round. The judges will be selected to ensure disciplinary diversity and every effort will be made to minimize conflicts of interest (e.g., a faculty advisor will not judge a preliminary round involving his or her advisee).

For more information about Grad Slam judging responsibilities, please contact Kathryn Raley, Program and Event Manager, at knraley@ucdavis.edu.

Competition Rules

  • Eligibility
  • All graduate students currently enrolled in UC Davis master's or doctoral graduate programs are eligible to compete in Grad Slam.
  • Collaboration
  • In cases of collaborative research, the presenter’s contribution to the project must be salient and clearly specified.
  • Presentation and Visuals
  • PowerPoint slides are allowed but optional; no Prezi, Google drive or other presentation formats.

    - Maximum of 3 slides
    - Title slide template to be generated by the Graduate Studies
    - All work on the slides must be original to the student and cannot be generated by a professional
    - Embedding of audio and/or video clips is allowed, but no other animations
    - Props are allowed, but need to be cleared by the program coordinators, require minimal set-up, and not produce a mess

  • Timing
  • Timing will commence from the moment the student starts talking; points will be deducted from the final score as follows:

    - 3:03-3:04  1 point
    - 3:05-3:06  2 points
    - 3:07-3:08  3 points
    - 3:09-3:10  4 points
    - 3:11-3:12    5 points

    Speakers will be cut off at 3:30 (total 15 point deduction).
  • Judges
  • A panel of faculty and staff members will judge each preliminary round. The judges will be selected to ensure disciplinary diversity and every effort will be made to minimize conflicts of interest (e.g., a faculty advisor will not judge a preliminary round involving his or her advisee).
  • Winners
  • There will be 10 winners from the qualifying round that advance to the semi-final rounds. ​In the semi-final round the top winner will advance to the University of California final round. 

Judge Training Video