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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. 

Grad Slam 2021

Grad Slam 2021 will look different compared to previous years, due to the on-going pandemic.  The Qualifying Round will be conducted via pre-recorded video submissions and judges will narrow down the submissions to the top ten finalists who will move onto the Final Round.  Further details about the Final Round event will be determined by the Spring Quarter.

Important Dates:

Grad Slam Registration Opens:  January 12
Qualifying Round Videos Due: February 11 by 11:59 p.m.
Top Ten Finalist Announced: Week of February 22
Final Round: April 8


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