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. This year’s edition of Grad Slam will be virtual, from the semifinals all the way through UC Systemwide Finals.

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 2021 Grad Slam Champion and the coveted “Slammy”. Click the yellow button above to apply, the deadline is January 13, 2021!

Who Should Apply?

All graduate students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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!

2021 Competition Schedule

UCI Grad Slam Virtual Semifinals Dates

Friday, January 15, 2021: Applicants will be notified on their advancement to semifinals 
Week of January 18 – 22, 2021: Semifinalists record their 3-minute presentation with Graduate Division staff virtually.

UCI Grad Slam Virtual Campus Finals Dates

Friday, January 29, 2021: Applicants will be notified on their advancement to campus finals.

Week of February 1 – 5, 2021: Individual public speaking coaching with Bri McWhorter.

Week of February 8 – 22, 2021: Campus Finalists pre-record 3-minute presentation with UCI Media Services on campus.
March 4, 2021: Virtual Grad Slam Finals Event!

UC Systemwide Competition

Date:  TBD
Time:  TBD


Previous Competitions

Below are links to livestreams that were recorded at the 2018 UCI campus finals competition and the 2019 systemwide competition in San Francisco:


General Information

Contact: Turner Dahl, Dean’s Office Analyst
Media Inquiries Contact:  Derrick Fazendin, Director of Communications