What is Grad Slam?
Grad Slam is a UC-sponsored competitive speaking event designed to showcase graduate student research in three-minute talks pitched to a general audience. Entrants compete in preliminary rounds on their UC campus, with prizes awarded at each stage of the selection process.
This is a unique opportunity for graduate students who are engaged in substantive original research projects to develop skills communicating their academic research — while making their work visible to academic, media, private, and public sector leaders from across the state.
At Berkeley, up to ten semi-finalists will receive prizes of at least $100. Chosen at the campus-wide live competition on April 4, 2018, three finalists will then be awarded prizes of $3,000, $1,000, and $750, respectively, with the top finalist advancing to the system-wide event.
On Thursday, May 3, 2018, Berkeley’s champion will compete against graduate student peers at the UC systemwide championship competition. This event will again be held at LinkedIn’s downtown San Francisco center and emceed by UC President Janet Napolitano. Competitors will be judged by notable leaders in industry, government, and media. The top three prizes at the system-wide competition are $6,000 for the winner, $3,000(second place), and $1,000 (third place).
How does the competition work?
- Student videos submitted by the deadline of February 19, 2018 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) are rated by a panel of judges.
- Up to ten semi-finalists are selected for the second-round live competition.
- On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 3 – 5:30 pm, semi-finalists deliver live presentations before judges and audience members on the UC Berkeley campus.
- On the basis of these presentations, three finalists will be selected, two by the panel of judges and one “people’s choice” by audience members.
- The first-place finalist will represent Berkeley at the UC-wide championship round on May 3, 2018. The second-place finalist will be asked to be prepared to compete if the first-place finalist withdraws.