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Grad Slam 2022

Graduate Division is proud to collaborate with UCR Alumni Center for this annual event showcasing the groundbreaking contributions of our exceptional graduate students.

Watch the Grad Slam 2022 video to get a glimpse at UCR's Grad Slam final for the 2022 year! For much information about the 2022 competition, please go to our Grad Slam 2022 .

Congratulations to the competitors and to UCR's winner, Claire Whitaker, for competing in Grad Slam 2022!

Overview

Grad Slam is a UC-wide public speaking competition and professional development opportunity in which graduate students describe their research or creative project in three minutes, with a maximum of three PowerPoint slides, to a non-specialist audience. Participating students are supported through public speaking workshops and feedback sessions, and progress through several preliminary and semi-final rounds. Contestants have the opportunity to win up to $5,000 at the UCR level, and another $7,000 at the UC-wide level of competition.

Grad Slam 2022     Grad Slam 2021     Grad Slam 2020           Grad Slam 2019      

    Grad Slam 2018          Grad Slam 2017

38%
Of participants are in the humanities, arts & social sciences
21%
Of contestants make it to the campus finals
26%
Of finalists are international students
It was a wonderful experience and I can't wait to come back even stronger next year!
Alexandria Costantino
2019 UCR Grad Slam Finalist
I recently applied for a fellowship that asked me to describe my project in just 400 words, so I pasted in my talk from Grad Slam. Last week I found out I won the fellowship - thanks Grad Slam!
Kevin Pham
2019 UCR Grad Slam Champion
Palm Desert was a great experience!
Salma Alavi
2019 UCR Grad Slam Finalist