Launched in 2013, Grad Slam is an award-winning campus-wide competition for the best 3-minute talk by a graduate student. Students present the central points of their project in a clear, direct, and interesting manner for diverse audiences of students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the structure of the competition has changed drastically, and it continues to evolve as we learn better ways to highlight the amazing work of our graduate students and prepare them to communicate to a wide range of people. You can view an archive of the rules and guidelines from previous years here.

For up-to-date information on this year's competition:

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For more information on previous competitions:

2021     2020     2019     2018     2017

2016     2015     2014     2013 

View recordings of graduate student talks from previous competitions in our Vimeo showcase.



Contact Shawn Warner, Director of Graduate Student Professional Development at UCSB.