Grad Slam

Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar Street
Downtown Santa Cruz
March 6, 2020
5:00 p.m. Doors Open
5:30–7:30 p.m. Event
Free and open to the public
Complimentary refreshments, Kuumbwa cash bar

Grad Slam, also known as the 3-Minute Thesis Challenge, gives graduate students three minutes to share their research, concisely and compellingly, with a public audience. (Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT®, is a registered trademark of The University of Queensland.)


  • UCSC Grad Slam Champion $3,000
  • Runner-up $1,500
  • People’s Choice (audience vote) $750

The UCSC Grad Slam Champion competes in the UC-wide Grad Slam on May 8, 2020, at the LinkedIn offices in San Francisco.

Application and Video Submission Period Open Until January 31, 2020

All graduate students are eligible to enter UC Santa Cruz Grad Slam. An application includes submitting a video of a 3-minute-maximum research presentation. See Participant Instructions.

Past Participants and Winners

Check out past UCSC Grad Slam participants and winners here.

View video of the 2019 UCSC Grad Slam presentations on the Division of Graduate Studies YouTube channel.

Visit UCOP Grad Slam to view the 2019 finalists from UC campuses on May 10, 2019, in which UCSC participant Rachel Harbeitner took 3rd place!


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