Back and better than ever! The 2016 Grad Slam and Graduate Student Showcase

By Shawn Warner-Garcia, Director of Professional Development
Monday, March 28, 2016 3:43 PM

The spring quarter is all about recognizing the amazing work of UCSB's graduate students. This year, we've got more events, more prizes, and more ways for you to get involved!


April 4-15

 Grad Slam is a campus-wide competition for the best three-minute talk by a graduate student. There are three rounds of presentations – preliminaries, semifinals, and finals – and prizes are given at each stage of advancement. Participants are judged on the basis of having a clear and effective presentation that is geared for a general university audience and has demonstrable intellectual significance. The competition also features a People's Choice component, where audience members select their favorite presenters in each of the preliminary round. (See more about the rules and judging of Grad Slam here.)

This year, the Graduate Division will award more than $20,000 in cash and prizes, and all entrants will receive a custom mug and tote bag. The preliminary rounds start next Monday, April 4. Check out the full prelim schedule and be sure to come out and support your fellow grads!


April 4-16

 The Graduate Student Showcase is a celebration of UCSB's extraordinary graduate students and their remarkable accomplishments. This year's Showcase features the Library Wine & Cheese Reception (always a popular event!), ‚Äč‚Äčtours of the UCSB Marine Science Institute's touch tanks, and free massages and snacks for graduate students. You can view the preliminary Showcase schedule here, and don't forget to subscribe to the GradPost for all the latest information on these highly anticipated events!