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UC Davis Grad Slam

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What Is Grad Slam?

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

Presentations should be no longer than three minutes in length and prepared for a diverse audience comprised of students, faculty, and community members. Judges will strongly consider clarity and effectiveness of the presentation by a general university audience. 

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

UC Davis Graduate Student Katie Murphy Wins UC Grad Slam Tournament


Katie Murphy of UC Davis was named the winner of the 2019 University of California Grad Slam competition on May 10, judged the best at summarizing her research for a general audience in three minutes or less. She competed against other campus Grad Slam winners — and became the first UC Davis student to take the systemwide championship. Congratulations! Read more in our news feature about Katie and her win.

Grad Slam will return to UC Davis in January 2020, with info session and preparatory events taking place in Fall Quarter 2019, but it's never too early to start preparing!
Visit our Preparing for UC Davis Grad Slam page for podcasts, video recordings, and resources.