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UC Davis Grad Slam

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Due to the shelter-in-place order and the ongoing Coronavirus situation, UC Davis Graduate Studies has decided to cancel the UC Davis Grad Slam final round event on April 7. 

Though the cancellation marks the conclusion of this year’s Grad Slam competition, we will be rewarding and recognizing our 2020 campus finalists throughout the month of April and beyond.

We hope you’ll join us for our 2021 Grad Slam events and preparatory workshops, which will kick off in fall of this year.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email Kathryn Raley, program and event manager, at


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 round7. View the finalist announcement to learn the names, programs, and presentation titles of the finalists.

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

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