Helpful Resources for Grad Slam Participants

NOTE: For Grad Slam 2019, we will offer a Grad Slam Prep Workshop on January 15, led by Bri McWhorter of Activate to Captivate. Students who declare intent to enter will be invited to this interactive session which will help you craft a 3-minute talk and practice your presentation skills.

Help with Presentation Style

UCSF Grad Slam winning presentation (March 2018) – Check out the excellent presentation given by the grand prize winner of the 2018 competition. You can also view video of talks by all ten finalists.

UCSF Grad Slam winning presentations (March 2017) – Take a look at the excellent presentations given by the winners of the 2017 competition. You can also view video of talks by all ten finalists.

UCSF Grad Slam winning presentations (March 2016) – Be sure to check out the presentations by the three winners in the UCSF Grad Slam competition. They are great examples of how to give a competitive talk.

UCSF Three Minute Thesis presentations (October 2014) – Be absolutely sure to check out the presentations by the finalists in the UCSF Three Minute Thesis (now Grad Slam) competition. They are truly all great examples of how to give a competitive talk, but for obvious reasons, you may want to pay particular attention to the presentations by the winner (Sama Ahmed) and runner-up (Chuchu Zhang).

"How to Win the 3MT" slideshow with good tips from the Australian National University's Dr. Inger Mewburn.

Video of Jean-luc Doumont speaking on communicating science to non-scientists (1 hr)

"Showcase" of Three Minute Thesis winners from around the world (University of Queensland website)

Death by PowerPoint by comedian Don McMillan (if you need a laugh)

How to Give a Talk website created by David L. Stern, a biologist at Janelia Research Campus, part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Site strongly recommended by the 2014 3MT winner at UCSF, Sama Ahmed.

A Checklist for Communicating Science and Health Research to the Public is a handy set of succinct reminders developed by the NIH.

The Science Communication Media website offers lots of great videos and other instructional content as well as a good list of books about science communications for those who still read books!

Resources at UCSF

"Communicating Professionally" area of the website of the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development. OCPD has also offered to meet one-on-one with the finalists for the UCSF Grad Slam to give them constructive feedback on their presentations before the live event on March 21.

UCSF Learning Technologies offers video equipment for loan and multimedia workstations. Staff available 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit website to reserve workstations or equipment.


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