GradSlam! is a UC-wide competition among graduate students. It is designed to improve students' abilities to explain their research or creative work to a general audience with poise and confidence. In the competition, students have three minutes to present their work in front of non-specialist judges. The competition is open to all current grad students in good academic standing.
In 2016, the 10 finalists from the Qualifying Rounds will receive $250, the two runners-up in the Final Round will receive $1,000 each. The first-place winner will receive a $2,000 prize, the title of campus Champion, and the opportunity to represent UC Merced in the UC systemwide Grad Slam competition.
Environmental Systems student Nate Bogie represented
UC Merced at the systemwide Grad Slam event in May 2015.
UC Systemwide Grad Slam Competition
For the systemwide Grad Slam competition, each UC Grad Slam Campus Champion will have three minutes to present their research in an interesting, informative manner. Non-specialist judges will determine the overal UC System Grad Slam Champion and runners-up.
Left to right: GradSLAM! 2015 Runner-Up Holly Rus,
First Place Winner Nathaniel Bogie, and Runner-Up Joannee Zumkehr
In the Final Round, our finalists have three minutes to present their research in an interesting, informative manner. The first-place winner will go on to represent UC Merced in the UC systemwide GradSlam competition.
This workshop, facilitated by members of the Merced Playhouse is designed to prepare students for the GradSLAM! competition by improving oral communication skills, including timing and pace of delivery.