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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. 

Meet Our 2020 Top Ten!

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Graduate Studies is thrilled to announce the top ten finalists for the 2020 Grad Slam competition at the University of California, Davis.  Over 90 master's and doctoral students submitted proposals for this year's competition, which kicked off with a series of qualifying rounds on both the Sacramento and Davis campuses on February 10 and 13. Faculty and staff volunteer judges assessed the participants on their presentation skills and the presenters with the top ten scores were selected to move forward to the campus final round on April 7. View the finalist announcement to learn the names, programs, and presentation titles of the finalists.

The finalists will compete against each other at the UC Davis Final Round during National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week at the Activities and Recreation Center Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Ballroom on Tuesday, April 7. The event is free and open to the public, and seats can be reserved via Eventbrite. Graduate Studies will be spotlighting each of the finalists in news features in the weeks leading up to the Final Round.

Reserve Your Seat for the April 7 Final Round

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

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