UCI Grad Slam 2024 - 10th Anniversary Edition

UCI Grad Slam 2024 SemifinalsFeb. 9, 2024

Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This in-person 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.

Applications open on Oct. 23, 2023.

Why Apply? 

Grad Slam contestants receive advanced communication skills training and a competitive CV/resume line. Additionally, winners receive cash prizes up to $11,000! The systemwide winner earns the coveted title of 2023 Grad Slam Champion and the coveted “Slammy”. Click the yellow button above to apply, the deadline is January 21, 2024!

All competitors that advance to the UCI campus finals receive at least $500. The winner receives $6,000, second place claims $3,000 and third place takes home $2,000. 

Who Should Apply?

All graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Must be enrolled in winter 2024 and spring 2024. Must be available to attend all events in person.


Grad Slam presentations are limited to three minutes in length with only one accompanying slide. They should be prepared for a diverse audience and resonate with student, faculty, and community members alike. The presentation’s clarity and effectiveness for a general university audience is strongly considered in the judging process.

Take a look below to see the winning performance from last year’s competition. The event is open to ALL graduate students!

Questions? Contact the Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center at gpsrc@uci.eduVisit our website for more details!

Previous Competitions

Contact: Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, PhD, Director of Postdoc and Professional Development
Media Inquiries Contact:  Derrick Fazendin, Director of Communications