Watch Grad Slam 2023

Tune in here to on April 4 at 4 p.m. to join us for UCSF Grad Slam 2023! All are invited to view the competition – and vote for the audience favorite – on the live stream. Details below.



UCSF Grad Slam 2023
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
4 p.m. PDT
#GradSlam, #UCSFGradSlam

Part of UCSF's National Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

About Grad Slam

UCSF's popular annual Grad Slam competition returns as a featured event during National Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

The ten PhD student finalists will present their research in three minutes or less, in language accessible to a general audience. It's a celebration not only of the finalists and contest winner, but also of graduate research at UCSF and of scientific inquiry.

Grad Slam challenges PhD students to present a compelling presentation of their dissertation research in three minutes or less, using language that not only their peers but also non-specialists will understand. The intention of Grad Slam is not to dumb-down or trivialize research; rather, it is meant to incentivize students to clarify their ideas and to help others appreciate and understand their work. Grad Slam contests are now held at all ten UC campuses, and a UC-wide event – featuring the top Grad Slam winners from each campus – is held annually each May. 

Cash prizes of $4,000, $2,000, and $1,000 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners chosen by the judges. And the live and remote audiences will choose the "People's Choice" winner, who will receive $750. The 1st prize winner will go on to compete in the systemwide Grad Slam contest in May.

UCSF is committed to providing accessible and inclusive programming to all participants. The Grad Slam live stream will be live-captioned.