Irvine, Calif. – The University of California Irvine will host its ninth annual Grad Slam competition at the Edwards Lifesciences campus on March 9.
Part of UCI’s Graduate Division, Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars.
The in-person competition not only highlights the excellence, importance, and relevance of UCI graduate scholars and their research, but it’s also designed to increase graduate students’ communication skills.
In the competition, graduate students master the ability to effectively present their work with poise and confidence. It’s also an opportunity to share accomplishments with the campus, friends of UCI, the local community, and the broader public.
Performance marketing automation platform Phonexa will be the First Place sponsor of the event, and Phonexa CEO Lilit Davtyan will serve as a judge.
Davtyan is an award-winning executive who is a member of the Forbes Business Council and Chief, a private network designed specifically for female leaders.
“We’re so excited to partner with an industry-leading tech company like Phonexa and have them as our first place sponsor,” said Gillian Hayes, Vice Provost for Graduate Education at UC Irvine. “Phonexa’s ability to be a leader in its industry through constant dedication and innovation are values we try to instill in our graduate students. Lilit Davtyan represents a true success story of higher education and someone we know our graduate students can look up to.”
Grad Slam winners receive cash prizes up to $11,000 and a competitive resume line.
Presentation clarity and effectiveness for a general university audience is strongly considered in the judging process.
“It’s an honor for me as well as Phonexa to participate in UC Irvine’s Grad Slam event. I’m looking forward to judging the competition, and I’m certain that we’ll be wowed by the contestants,” said Davtyan. “This is an amazing opportunity for graduate students, and I can’t wait to hear all about the world-class research that’s being done across the university from all of the exceptional scholars.”
About the University of California, Irvine
Founded in 1965, UCI is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced five Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.
About Phonexa: Phonexa is a performance marketing automation software and all-in-one marketing solution for calls, leads, clicks, email, SMS, accounting, and more. The company powers direct advertisers and lead generators alike across all businesses and industries by optimizing inbound web and call campaigns, and outbound call, email, and SMS campaigns — all while having the ability to enhance the consumer journey along every step of the way. Complete with a suite of turnkey marketing products and solutions, Phonexa’s customizable tools are uniquely designed to maximize workflow efficiency and revenue. Phonexa has the scalability, tools, and partnerships to serve clients across industries, especially those with high consumer demand products and services. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles with additional offices in the United Kingdom and Ukraine. For more information, please visit www.Phonexa.com.