Congratulations to the 2014 Grad SLAM Winners!
- 1st Place - Patrick Metz
- 2nd Place - Sarah Jurick
- 3rd Place - Benjamin Rubin
About Grad SLAM
The Grad Slam will be a competitive speaking event to showcase the impact of graduate student research. Participating UC San Diego graduate students will compete in preliminary rounds during the week of March 31 – April 4, 2014, with a select number advancing to the final round on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. A panel of judges will award the second and third place students $1,000 each, and the top competitor will receive $2,500!
The presentations will be three minutes long and should be designed to be accessible and understood by those outside the presenter’s field – essentially, a mini “TED talk”. Presenters will be placed in preliminary rounds of 6-10 fellow graduate students to be judged by a small panel of academically diverse faculty and staff. The top three presenters in each round will each receive $50 prizes, and the top presenter will move on to the final round. All presentation rounds will be open to the campus community and the general public.
Logistics and Other Useful Details
- The scoring rubric is now available! Check it out here.
- Please show up on time! Any late participants will be disqualified from their round and may request to be rescheduled to a later date, pending room availability.
- Preliminary round results will be posted each evening.
- How to Talk like TED by Carmine Gallo, Article by Guy Kawasaki
- 10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking by Terry Gault, Managing Partner and Vice President of the Henderson Group
- Giving an Academic Talk by Jonathan Shewchuk, Associate Professor in Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley
- Giving Oral Presentations from English Communication for Scientists by Jean-luc Doumont (ed.), Nature (2010)
- Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
- Making the Most of Your Three Minutes for 3MT: The Three Minute Thesis by Simon Clews, Director, Writing Centre, University of Melbourne
- 10 Hints for Improving Presentations for the Three Minute Thesis Competition by Danielle Fischer, Charles Darwin University
- Presentation Skills: Overcoming Stage Fright from the GradPost
- Creating a Persuasive Presentation from the GradPost
- Top Ten Tips for Writing and Delivering Very Brief Speeches by Bill Cole, Founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants
- TED Talks: Approximately 3-minute talks on “ideas worth spreading”
- PhD Comics Two-Minute Thesis: PhD Comics challenged graduate students to explain their work in two minutes – the best have been turned into videos!
- 3 Minute Thesis Competition Winners: Winning presentations from a multi-university thesis competition in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the South Pacific