Grad Slam

Grad Slam, also referred to as the 3-Minute Thesis Challenge, is a competition that challenges doctoral 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 will present 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 is free and open to the public. A panel of judges will choose first-place and runner-up winners, and the audience will vote for a people's choice awardee. If the people's choice awardee is the same as the winner or runner-up, both awards will go to that person.

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 in the spring of 2017. Visit the UCOP Grad Slam page 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

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