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.
Finalists will present their three-minute thesis presentations at a live event on April 6th at 5:30pm in the Music Recital Hall. This event is open to the public, and a final panel of judges will choose a first place and runner-up winner; 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 will receive $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 San Francisco on April 22nd. Visit the UCOP Grad Slam page to see more information about finalists across all UC-campuses!