Graduate Division

Grad Slam

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

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.  Thank you to all of our participants and judges, see you next year!

Click here to view the video of the systemwide competition.

General Information Contact: Turner Dahl
Media Inquiries: Communications Director, Wida Karim

Schedule for 2018 Competition Will be Announced Soon

  • UCI Application and Video Submission Deadline: TBD
  • UCI Semi-Finals: TBD - Graduate Resource Center
  • UCI Finals: TBD - Newkirk Alumni Center
  • UC Systemwide Finals: TBD- San Francisco Bay Area (more details to come)

Special Guests & Judge Information

Don’t miss the 2017 UCI Grad Slam competition finals! This competition showcases and awards the best three-minute presentation by graduate scholars, highlighting the excellence, significance and relevance of their research in relatable language.  

After the UCI finals, our campus champion will go on to a system-wide competition hosted by UC President Napolitano. In 2015, the University of California held its first system-wide Grad Slam research presentation competition and UC Irvine’s Ashley Fong took first place!  Irvine’s 2016 champion, Mallory Hinks, went on to win second place in the system-wide Grad Slam.  We would like to invite you to join us as we attempt to become Grad Slam champions once again.

The finals round will take place on April 11 in the Newkirk Alumni Center at 3:00. A reception will be held immediately following the competition with light refreshments. Please join the finalists, faculty and prominent members of the Orange County community. Parking will be provided. Click here to register:


Fill out the Grad Slam Application Form and include the URL to your video by February 3, 2017.

Video Instructions:

  • Record a three-minute video of yourself explaining your research and its significance as if speaking to an audience of people without academic experience in your field. Consider the video a rough draft, letting the judges get a sense of your research and the impact you believe it may have. The video will not be judged on production value.
  • The video should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and available for judges to view February 3rd - March 16th, 2017. The video will only be shared with internal UCI judges and will not be shared beyond that without consent from the contestant.
  • At the beginning of your video, please state your full name, graduate program, and title of your video. The time it takes to do this will not be counted against the three minutes you may take to present your research.
  • Videos may be recorded on your cell phone/personal video device or using equipment from the Multimedia Resource Center at the library.


Students will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges during the semi-finals on March 16, 2017 in the Graduate Resource Center.

The top contestants will compete in the campus finals on April 11th.


Finals will be held on April 11, 2017 in the Newkirk Alumni Center at 3 PM. Contestants will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Students may use up to three PowerPoint slides, with rules governing their use listed under the rules tab below.

All are invited to attend, but audience members will be expected to stay for the entire event.

The winner will represent UC Irvine at the UC systemwide finals on May 4.