UCGS_web_header_berkeleyAre you a doctoral or master’s student engaged in interesting research? Would you like to hone your presentation skills to better explain your work? You can combine professional development with the prospect of winning cash prizes and receiving state-wide accolades by entering the Grad Slam 2017 competition!

The first step in the multi-phase competition is to submit your three-minute video, using the Grad Slam guidelines, by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on February 15, 2017.


Don’t know how to record and submit your three-minute presentation? We are here to assist! Boost your confidence and polish your presentation skills by taking advantage of a complimentary recording session.

Staff from the Graduate Assembly and Graduate Division will manage the technical aspects of filming, leaving you free to conquer any jitters and practice your delivery.

Drop in to 309 Sproul Hall for one of the following sessions:

  • Session 1: 2/6/2017, 10 am – 12 pm
  • Session 2: 2/8/2017, 4:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Session 3: 2/10/2017, 10 am – 12 pm

From the video submissions, ten semi-finalists will be selected in early March to participate in the live competition on campus on April 5, 2017. Cash prizes of up to $3,000 (including a People’s Choice Award of $750) will be awarded to three finalists. The first-place finalist will represent Berkeley at the UC system-wide competition on May 4, 2017.

This ten-campus UC competition — hosted by LinkedIn in San Francisco — will showcase the research of ten graduate students, one from each UC campus, as explained in three-minute presentations pitched to a general audience.

For detailed information, please go to the Grad Slam website

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About Sharon Page-Medrich

Sharon Page-Medrich has assisted the Deans of the Graduate Division since 2001. Her professional passions include writing and editing. She has been active in several campus-wide community-building organizations.