I’m interested, but I have no idea where to start!

Don’t worry, GradPro is here to help! There are a variety of resources available to help you prepare for the Grad Slam competition. Walk through these four steps on your own, using the online resources below, or attend GradPro’s workshops to help you develop and prepare your speech and your video submissions.

Step One

December 2023: Study the Grad Slam Rules and Watch Some Sample Talks

Step Two

December 2023: Create a Compelling Story about Your Research

  • Within any research project, there are many compelling stories to tell. A successful Grad Slam talk tells a single, clear, engaging narrative from start to finish. This could mean telling the story of why your research is exciting to you; it could mean connecting your research to ideas or experiences familiar to the general public; it could mean explaining why your research is urgent and impactful. Read the disciplinary resources below to see a variety of different, successful strategies and write out your talk and prepare your slides.

Step Three

January 2024: Memorize, Practice, and Record Your Presentation

  • As former Grad Slam champion, Joe Charbonnet, put it, public speaking is “a psychomotor skill, not an innate talent.” Take some time to learn tips and techniques that can make you a better speaker. Then, practice and get lots of feedback! View the presentation resources below, attend a session of Toast of Berkeley (a Toastmasters club), or recruit a friend to be your sounding board.

Step Four

January 2024: Submit your application

The Deadline for video submissions using this APPLICATION FORM is January 31, 2023, 11:59 p.m. (PST)


Disciplinary Resources on Communicating to Wider Audiences:

Resources for Humanists and Social Scientists:

Tips for Very Short Presentations:

Presentation and Public Speaking Tips:

Need inspiration? Watch these talks: