Graduate Division

Grad Slam

Grad Slam

The communications course at UCI’s Graduate Resource Center (GRC) was instrumental in helping me win the inaugural Grad Slam competition, because it taught me about different aspects of speaking and engaging with the audience and I highly recommend the course for all graduate scholars."- Ashley Fong, UC System-Wide 2015 Grad Slam Winner

What is Grad Slam?

Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. This competition not only highlights the excellence, importance and relevance of UCI graduate scholars and their research, but it is also designed to increase graduate students' communication skills and their capacity to effectively present their work with poise and confidence. It is an opportunity to share accomplishments with the campus, friends of UCI, the local community, and the broader public.
Click here to view the video of the 2017 systemwide competition.

2018 UCI Grad Slam Campus Winners

Congratulations to Alana Ogata, Gianna Fote, and Christie Mortales!  Click here to view the video of the 2018 UCI campus finals competition.

Find out more about each of them and their research here.

2018 UCI Finalists

Our 2018 Campus Finalists showcased the excellence, importance and relevance of their research with poise and confidence during the UCI semifinals. These ten scholars go head-to-head in our Campus Finals on March 2.

  • Sarah Cross, Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Megan Curran, M.D./Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Gianna Fote, M.D./Ph.D., Biological Chemistry
  • Laura McIntyre, Ph.D., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Peter McPartlan, Ph.D., Education
  • Amanda McQuade, Ph.D., Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Christie-Lynn Mortales, Ph.D., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Alana Ogata, Ph.D., Chemistry
  • Crystal Reynaga, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Rachel Rosenzweig, Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering

Find out more about each of them and their research, here.

Schedule for 2018 Competition

UC Systemwide Finals: May 3 – LinkedIn San Francisco Campus

  • Livestream:  follow along and watch the UCI campus champion compete at the systemwide competition!  Tune into the livestream on May 3rd!

General Information Contact: Turner Dahl
Media Inquiries: Communications Director, Wida Karim