Graduate Division

Grad Slam

The communications course at UCI’s Graduate Resource Center (GRC) was instrumental in helping me win the inaugural Grad Slam competition, because it taught me about different aspects of speaking and engaging with the audience and I highly recommend the course for all graduate scholars."- Ashley Fong, UC System-Wide 2015 Grad Slam Winner

What is Grad Slam?

Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This competition not only highlights the excellence, importance and relevance of UCI graduate scholars and their research, but it is also designed to increase graduate students' communication skills and their capacity to effectively present their work with poise and confidence. It is an opportunity to share accomplishments with the campus, friends of UCI, the local community, and the broader public.

Check out our 2019 Grad Slam campus winners!

Who Should Apply?

Grad Slam is open to all graduate students.  Presentations can discuss research of any discipline and methodology.

Why Apply?

Grad Slam contestants receive advanced communication skills training and a competitive CV/resume line.  Additionally, winners receive cash prizes up to $5,000! The systemwide winner earns the coveted title of 2019 Grad Slam Champion and the coveted "Slammy".

2019 Competition Schedule

Congratulations to our 2019 Grad Slam Top Ten Finalists!  Join us on March 8th to cheer them on as they go head-to-head in our campus finals.  

UCI Grad Slam Campus Finals - Get directions and RSVP Here!
Date:  Friday, March 8
Time: 3:30pm – 5:30pm with reception to follow
Location:  The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation

UC System-wide Competition
Date:  Friday, May 10
Time:  TBA

Previous Competitions

Below are links to livestreams that were recorded at the 2018 UCI campus finals competition and the systemwide competition in San Francisco:

2018 UC Grad Slam Systemwide Finals

2018 UC Irvine Grad Slam Campus Finals

General Information Contact: Turner Dahl, Dean's Office Analyst

Media Inquiries Contact:  Derrick Fazendin, Director of Communications