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Preparing for UC Davis Grad Slam

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Get Ready for Grad Slam

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

Start By Reviewing the Competition Rules and Requirements

Visit this page to confirm your eligibility, view submission instructions, and submission deadlines to compete in Grad Slam.

Prepare to Present

Recorded Workshops

Rock the Talk, Part One (November 2020) – GradPathways YouTube Channel

Rock the Talk, Part Two (January 2021) – GradPathways YouTube Channel

Upcoming Workshop

Getting to the Point: Communicating the Value of Your Research
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 | 12 – 1 pm | Virtual | Register

Do you do great research but feel like nobody gets it but you? Are you having trouble having people connect with your research? Would you like to be able to better share the value of your work to those outside your area of expertise? Join us for a 60-minute workshop that will help you uncover the broader relevance of your work, connect with varied audiences, and communicate what you do and why it matters.  You will even be prepared to compete in research-focused competitions like Grad Slam!

Create Your Presentation

Practice with Presentation Skill Consultations

The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) 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 CEE's Learning and Teaching Consultation page.

Contact Us

Questions about how to prepare for Grad Slam? Contact Teresa Dillinger, Director, or David Blancha, Assistant Director, GradPathways Institute for Professional Development at