Mind-bending research, made simple

UC graduate students spend years on their thesis. Can they explain it in just three minutes?

UC Grad Slam is an annual contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students across UC campuses – in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience.

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Grad Slam is back for 2021!

Our ten fast-talking campus champions will square off for a virtual event hosted by UC President, Michael V. Drake.

Same cash prizes, same brilliant research! Tune in right here to catch all the action and cast your vote for audience choice.

Logan Kozal

UC Santa Barbara

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