Grad Slam

Grad Slam, also referred to as the 3-Minute Thesis Challenge*, is a competition that challenges graduate students to present years’ worth of academic research in a concise, compelling, three-minute talk to a non-expert audience. It encourages students to clarify their ideas and to help others understand and appreciate the significance of their work.

The contest is open to all graduate students.

Finalists for Grad Slam 2017 presented their three-minute thesis presentations at a live event on February 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Music Center Recital Hall. This event was free and open to the public. A panel of judges chose first-place and runner-up winners, and the audience voted for the people's choice winner. See the winners here.

The winner of the UCSC Grad Slam receives $3,000; the runner-up receives $1,500; and the people's choice winner receives $750.

The UCSC Grad Slam winner will go on to present at a UC-wide final Grad Slam to be held May 4, 2017, at LinkedIn, 222 2nd Street in San Francisco. Visit UCOP Grad Slam to view the 2016 finalists from all UC campuses and learn the winner of that competition.


View video of the three awardees, and the complete list of finalists from the UCSC 2016 Grad Slam
View video of the three awardees, and the complete list of finalists from the UCSC 2015 Grad Slam


*Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a registered trademark of The University of Queensland.

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