About the competition

Grad Slam is an annual contest to communicate research. It aims to make research accessible by providing emerging scientists and scholars with the skills to engage the public in their work.

Participants are judged on how well they engage the audience, how clearly they communicate key concepts and how effectively they focus and present their ideas—all in three minutes or less.

Grad Slam contests are held on each of UC’s 10 campuses from March through April. On May 10, 2019, the first place winners from each campus will square off to capture the systemwide title and their share of $11,000 in prize money.

UC President Janet Napolitano will emcee the contest, to be judged by a panel of leaders in industry, media, government and higher education.