Graduate Division



  • All graduate students currently enrolled in Master’s or doctoral graduate programs
  • In cases of collaborative research, the presenter’s contribution to the project must be salient and clearly specified


  • PowerPoint slides allowed but optional; no Prezi or other presentation formats
  • Maximum of 3 slides, exclusive of title slide to be generated by the Graduate Division
  • Students must create their PowerPoint slides themselves - they cannot ask someone else to design the slides. Use of PowerPoint templates is allowed. Slides can include visual elements (charts, visualizations, photos, clip art, etc.) created by someone other than the student, as long as the slide credits the original creator.
  • Embedded audio and/or video clips (including but not limited to .gif, .avi, .mp4, .mp3, and .wmv file types) are not permitted unless they are deemed indispensable to the communication of the research topic. To request the inclusion of audio or video clip, participants must send both the presentation with the embedded media and a short statement of justification to the Grad Slam Planning Committee.
  • No PowerPoint animation effects are allowed (use of PowerPoint animation tab not allowed)
  • Props are allowed, but need to be cleared by the program coordinators, require minimal set-up, and not produce a mess


Timing will commence from the moment the student begins her/his presentation.  The presentation begins at the moment the student engages with the audience (if s/he starts with a hand clap, a gesture, an audio or video clip or any other such engagement, prior to speaking, the clock begins at that time; if there is no such engagement the clock starts when the student begins speaking).  Points will be deducted from the final score, beginning with one point at 3:03, and one point being taken off for every two seconds the speaker continues after that.