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University Looking For Brave Graduate Students For UC Grad Slam 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

From The Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Fiona M. Doyle:

I invite you to encourage your graduate students to enter the competition for the fourth annual system-wide Grad Slam: a UC-sponsored public speaking event designed to showcase graduate student research in three-minute talks pitched to a general audience.

To enter, Berkeley students must submit a three-minute video presentation by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, February 19, 2018An information session will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 4 p.m. in 309 Sproul Hall. Graduate students who would like assistance in recording their talks should contact Graduate Professional Development at

This multi-phase competition is a unique opportunity for our graduate students who are engaged in substantive original research projects to develop skills in communicating their academic research — while making their work visible to academic, media, and private and public sector leaders from across the state. The competition invites applications from eligible students representing the full range of departments and disciplines on campus, including humanities and social sciences, STEM, and professional schools.

Entrants compete in preliminary rounds on their UC campus, with prizes awarded at each stage of the selection process. At Berkeley, up to ten semi-finalists will receive prizes of at least $100. Three finalists, chosen after the campus-wide live competition on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, will be awarded prizes of $3,000, $1,000, and $750, respectively. 

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the winner of the Berkeley competition will compete against peers at the UC system-wide championship competition. This event will again be held at LinkedIn’s downtown San Francisco center and emceed by UC President Janet Napolitano. Competitors will be judged by notable leaders in industry, government, and media. The top winner will be awarded $6,000, and the first and second runners-up will receive $3,000 and $1,000, respectively. Moreover, contestants receive media coverage coordinated by UCOP and the campuses.

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