Grad Slam 2019

Grad Slam

UC Grad Slam is an annual contest where master’s and Ph.D. students across the University of California – in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience. Students compete to present the significance and fundamental points of their work at UC Davis in a clear, direct, and interesting manner.

Alice Dien and Dean Jean Pierre Delplanque with an oversized winner's check.
Congratulations to our UC Davis Grad Slam Winners!

People’s Choice: Andrea Guggenbickler (Public Health)
3rd Place: Paige Kouba (Ecology)
2nd Place: Savannah Free (Integrative Genetics and Genomics)
1st Place and Public Impact Prize: Alice Dien (Biological Systems Engineering)

Watch the Recording

Three Minutes. One Slide. Thousands of Dollars in Prizes.

Grad Slam presentations are limited to three minutes in length with only one accompanying slide. They should be prepared for a diverse audience and resonate with student, faculty, and community members alike. The presentation's clarity and effectiveness for a general university audience is strongly considered in the judging process.

Questions about Grad Slam? Contact us by emailing Kathryn Raley, Program and Events Manager, at

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