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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

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Watch our 2019 Grad Slam semi-final competition at the UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom.





Graduate Studies has announced the finalists in the 2019 Grad Slam competition at the University of California, Davis. 

The following participants will be moving on to the UC Davis Final Round:

Misara Bambao, Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership

Mackenzie Batali, Food Science

Riley Hughes, Nutritional Biology

Fatima Hussain, Chemistry

Diana Lizarraga, Educational Leadership

Stacy McCarthy, Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership

Katherine Murphy, Plant Biology

Stela Petkova, Neuroscience

Nahrain Rasho, Political Science

Lauren Rountree, Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership

The UC Davis Grad Slam Final Round will take place on March 13 at the UC Davis Conference Center.

The finalists will compete against each other at the UC Davis Final Round at the UC Davis Conference Center on March 13. 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.