Graduate Division

Grad Slam


PowerPoint Template

Please make sure to use the UCI Grad Slam PowerPoint template, available here.

Campus Resources

Bri McWhorter from Activate to Captivate will be hosting public speaking workshops in advance of the semi-finals and will provide coaching to our campus finalists.  Click Here to register for the Grad Slam preparation workshop.

Public Speaking Workshops: TBD

The Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center offers several events intended to boost participants' communications skills.

Online Resources
How to Talk like TED by Carmine Gallo, Article by Guy Kawasaki
How to Give a TED-Worthy Talk by Dorie Clark, Forbes 
10 Tips on How to make Slides that Communicate your Idea, by TED Staff
Giving an Academic Talk by Jonathan Shewchuk, Associate Professor in Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley
Giving Oral Presentations from English Communication for Scientists by Jean-luc Doumont (ed.), Nature (2010)
Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
Making the Most of Your Three Minutes for 3MT: The Three Minute Thesis by Simon Clews, Director, Writing Centre, University of Melbourne
10 Hints for Improving Presentations for the Three Minute Thesis Competition by Danielle Fischer, Charles Darwin University
Top Ten Tips for Writing and Delivering Very Brief Speeches by Bill Cole, Founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants

Need some inspiration?

TED Talks (up to 6 minutes in length): Brief talks on "ideas worth spreading."

PhD Comics Two-Minute Thesis: PhD Comics challenged graduate students to explain their work in two minutes – the best have been turned into videos!

2014 University of Western Sidney Three-Minute Thesis Finals

Previous Grad Slam videos

2019 UC Grad Slam Systemwide Finals

2018 UC Irvine Grad Slam Campus Finals