Preparing for UC Davis Grad Slam

Get Ready for Grad Slam

Getting ready to knock our socks off at Grad Slam? We can help. GradPathways, our premier professional development program, offers a variety of resources and workshops to help you prepare for the big competition.

Upcoming Workshops 

Graduate Studies has teamed up with Public Scholarship and Engagement to provide a preparatory workshop designed to help graduate students improve their public communication skills.

Students engaging in research at UC Davis

Are You Engaged?: Communicating the Value of Research to Public Audiences
Hosted by Public Scholarship and Engagement
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Student Community Center

Your research matters to people beyond the university, but it can be difficult to articulate how. This workshop is designed to help you frame your goals and objectives, understand your audience, and put your research in conversation to tell a compelling story.

Creating an Effective and Memorable Presentation
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 5:00-6:30pm | Garrison Room, MU

Learn proven techniques for creating successful and memorable presentations for conferences, meetings, seminars, and even to present your work to non-academic audiences.

Improv for Academics
Tuesdays, February 4 & 11, 2020 | 4:00-6:00pm | Wyatt Theater

In this two-part series, you will learn improvisation techniques in order to explain your research to people outside your field, increase confidence with presentation and public speaking skills, and perfect listening skills in order to optimize your response to oral feedback.

Grad Slam Qualifying Rounds
Thursday, February 13, 2020 | 8:00am-5:00pm | Student Community Center, Room D

A competition to find the best three-minute research presentation given by a UC Davis graduate student. The winner of the campus-wide competition will compete in the UC system-wide competition in Spring Quarter. Prizes are awarded at both competitions.

Lights, Camera, Action: On Camera Media Training Clinic for Researchers
Thursday & Friday, March 12 & 13, 2020 | 9:00am-4:00pm & 9:00am-12:00pm | Location TBD
Event at capacity.
Professors for the Future is teaming up with the department of Strategic Communications to host a one on one professional media training clinic to help graduate students feel comfortable working with the media and talking about complicated research topics. 

Past Workshops and Podcasts

Getting Started With Grad Slam Info Session 

Winning the Grad Slam 

Presentation Skill Consultations

The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) now offers personalized presentation skills consultations. These consultations can provide you with tools and feedback to improve the organization and delivery of your presentations. A TA Consultant will observe you presenting in class or in a practice session and then meet to discuss the presentation. This can ensure clarity and organization of ideas, enhance audience understanding, reduce anxiety about giving presentations, and promote student participation. Presentation skills consultations can help you enhance your in-class presentations, conference presentations, job talks, or other presentations. Learn more by visiting the CEE's website.


Contact Us

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