2021 UCLA Grad Slam Challenge

UCLA Grad Slam Challenge 2021

 Interested in participating in the 2021 UCLA Grad Slam Challenge? Register here.

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The deadline to register has been extended to Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time

 

The Graduate Division is pleased to announce the 2021 UCLA Grad Slam Challenge from March 2 – May 5, 2021.

This year’s Grad Slam Challenge will be a departure from the annual competition format. This will be a virtual exhibition of UCLA graduate research presented by students around the world. All master’s and doctoral students are challenged to visually present their graduate research in under 3 minutes using up to 3 slides with the help of coaching sessions and workshops. All registered participants who complete the Grad Slam Challenge will be eligible to receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card, courtesy of the Graduate Division. This challenge promotes professional development by enhancing presentation and networking skills and the important career development skill of articulating their research concisely and effectively to a non-specialist audience. It also highlights the excellence, importance, and relevance of UCLA graduate students and their research.

Students can get help preparing their presentations through a series of workshops that will be offered beginning on March 2, 2021. See How Do I Prepare – Workshops tab below for more details. We are very excited about the 2021 Grad Slam Challenge and the prospect of your participation!  To enter the challenge, click on the Register Now button above or the How Do I Register tab below. Even if you are not planning to enter the competition, we encourage all graduate students to attend the Grad Slam prep workshops.

The 2020 UCLA Grad Slam winner, An-Chieh Feng, will advance to this year’s University of California competition that will be held virtually on May 7, 2021. She will compete against the 9 other UC campus winners.

Susan L. Ettner
Interim Dean, Graduate Division
Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research
Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management

 

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Overview, Eligibility, and Registration

Overview

Graduate education is the heart of every great university. Graduate students come to UCLA to make creative contributions and research discoveries that advance human knowledge.

The Grad Slam Challenge will be a departure from the annual competition format. This will be a virtual exhibition of UCLA graduate research presented by students around the world. All master’s and doctoral students are challenged to visually present their graduate research in under 3 minutes using up to 3 slides with the help of coaching sessions and workshops. This challenge promotes professional development by enhancing presentation and networking skills and by articulating their research to a non-specialist audience.


Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

– Graduate Division – Susan Ettner, Interim Dean, Graduate Division 
– UCLA Student Fee Advisory Committee

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2020 Grad Slam | 2019 Grad Slam | 2018 Grad Slam | 2017 Grad Slam | 2016 Grad Slam2015 Grad Slam

Participation Entry & Eligibility

Participation Entry

  • Students who successfully complete the following will be eligible to receive a $50 gift card:
    • attend a Small Group Coaching Session and
    • submit a 3-minute video presentation of their research
    • submit a PowerPoint presentation using up to 3 slides

Eligibility

  • The challenge is open to all currently registered and enrolled UCLA Master’s and doctoral graduate students.
  • Students must be registered and enrolled during Winter Quarter 2021 and be in good academic standing in order to participate in Grad Slam and to be eligible to receive any participation gifts.
  • Students on an official leave of absence, paying a filing fee, or with lapsed status in Winter 2021 are not eligible to compete.
  • Students are only allowed to enter the challenge individually. Joint presentations with other students are not permitted.
  • Students must meet the guiding principles of the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research.
  • Students who competed in previous Grad Slams are eligible to enter the 2021 challenge if they DID NOT win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. The Audience Choice winner IS eligible to participate in Grad Slam again. However, if that person also placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd, they are not eligible.
Why Should I Enter Grad Slam?

5 Reasons to Sign Up View Infographic

Who Participated in 2020? View the 2020 UCLA Grad Slam Participation – Infographic

Need a little inspiration? Watch these videos of the 2020 finals:

Caitlin Aamodt, Neuroscience – How Songbirds can Help Us Find New Treatments for Autism
Wadie Chalgham, Mechanical Engineering – Smart Pipeline Leak Detection and Response System
An-Chieh Feng, Molecular Biology / Immunity, Microbes, and Molecular Pathogenesis – 99% Useless?
Lucia Ichino, Molecular Biology – Unlocking the DNA
Meng-Wei Ko, Oral Biology and Medicine – Natural Killer Cells: Triumph Over Cancer
Cassandra Meyer, Neuroscience – Taming the Neurodegenerative Monster in Multiple Sclerosis
Kanav Saraf, Bioengineering – Helping your Doctor Catch Silent Heart Disease
Karthik Sarma, Bioengineering – Federated Learning for Medical Imaging
David Shia, Molecular Biology – Outmaneuvering Drug-Resistant Cancer: A Game of Chess
Gil Torten, Neuroscience – Preventing Blindness on a Cellular Level

How Do I Register for the Grad Slam Challenge?

Registration is now open for the 2021 UCLA Grad Slam Challenge!

 Interested in participating in the 2021 UCLA Grad Slam Challenge? Register here.

Register Now

The deadline to register has been EXTENDED to
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 11:59 pm PST.

Grad Slam Stories

Grad Slam Student StoriesNeed more convincing to enter the competition?
Read the Grad Slam stories of past competitors.

Marissa StevensMarissa Stevens
1st Place – 2018 Grad Slam
Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Social Identity from Ancient Egypt to Modern Times

“With just three minutes, Grad Slam challenged me to delve into the core of my academic interests and present a distillation of my research in a way that was relatable to a wide audience.”

Xiaofei LinXiaofei Lin
Biochemistry
Decrypting The Immune System

“Grad Slam was a great experience that not only helped me build science communication skills, but also connected me with other incredible student researchers outside my field who remain fantastic friends today.”

Samantha MorseSamantha Morse
English
A Dreadful History

“Grad Slam gave me the skills and confidence to quickly share my research with anyone. This ability has especially come in handy at conferences when I’m introducing myself to other scholars and want to make a meaningful impression.”

Allyson TerryAllyson Terry
Pharmacology
Securing The Health Of Organ Transplant Recipients

“Participating in both the Grad Slam preparation workshops and the competition not only opened my eyes to all of the interesting research outside of my field that is being done across the UCLA campus, but improved the way I think about, organize, present, and receive feedback about my own presentations. Grad Slam definitely helped me improve how I communicate my research to people both inside and outside of my field. If you will have to talk about your research at some point in your career (which I’m sure you will), I highly recommend participating in Grad Slam!”

Cindy LeeCindy Lee
Education
English Learners and Oral Language Anxiety: An Approach Using Lego Storystarter

“I’ve always had a fear of public speaking, and get anxious and self-conscious just from standing in front of a room full of people. Despite this, I learned that it’s such an important skill to succeed in graduate school, and in life. When I saw the Grad Slam flyer, I thought to myself, “Hey! This couldn’t be that bad, since it has to be under 3-minutes!” Then I consulted with my academic advisor, who encouraged me to enter the competition. She believed that it would be interesting given that my research centers on children who are less comfortable speaking. One of the greatest things about Grad Slam is that they offered free workshops on presentation skills, visual designs, and small group coaching, which are wonderful resources not only for the competition, but also for future conferences and presentations! It was such a valuable experience and I look forward to bragging about it to my (future-if-any) grandkids.”

Nicholas MatiaszNicholas Matiasz
Bioengineering
Building the Brain of a Robot Scientist

“I study medical informatics because, as an engineer, I value efficiency, and improving efficiency in medicine is sure to reduce suffering. To accelerate scientific discovery, I’m designing software that can help researchers to find all the valid interpretations of their evidence and to design experiments that would be most informative.I competed in Grad Slam because my work is only as good as my ability to communicate it. This competition helps you to distill your message for a general audience and to deliver that message with poise. Change happens when ideas spread, and that always requires a story—even in technical fields like mine. Grad Slam helped me to hone my story.”

Taylor CorcoranTaylor Corcoran
Anderson School of Management
HIV vs Hypertension: Optimizing Drug Approvals

“I chose to participate in Grad Slam after a stressful conference presentation in which I presented an early version of my grad slam research to a small room of professors and students. I was petrified and shaking throughout my entire talk, and I couldn’t wait to finish the presentation. Even though I was passionate about the work I was doing, I wasn’t able to convey it to others because of how nervous I was. I knew that I needed to overcome my fear of public speaking, which is why I chose to compete in Grad Slam — and it worked! By the time I reached the finals, I was actually excited to get on stage.”

Gary YeungGary Yeung
Electrical Engineering
Making Electronic Personal Assistants Listen to Children

“Scientific researchers like myself spend much of their time trying to understand problems. This is accompanied by a disconnect from society. While we might pat ourselves on the back for finding an interesting solution, we often ignore what the solution could imply for humanity. The reality is that science without an application is useless, and technology for the mere purpose of innovation is sometimes disastrous. Science can only make a meaningful impact if it is properly understood by the public. I entered the Grad Slam competition as it aligns with my beliefs that effective education and communication of science shapes research just as much as the science itself. I encourage others to participate in Grad Slam to reflect on how their research will affect society.”

 

 

Grad Slam Preparation & Participation

Presentation Guidelines & Rules

UCLA’s Grad Slam challenges graduate students to present a compelling presentation of their research in just 3 minutes using language appropriate for a non-specialist audience.

  • In cases of collaborative research, the presenter’s contribution to the project must be salient and clearly specified.
  • We strongly encourage Humanities and Social Sciences students to enter the challenge.

Expected Participation

Once registered in the Grad Slam challenge, you must complete the following to be eligible to receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

1. Attend one Small Group Coaching Session.
2. Submit a 3 minute video presentation of your research.
3. Slides are optional. If you are submitting a PowerPoint presentation, the limit is up to 3 slides. If you choose NOT to use slides, please indicate in your registration form.

*The Grad Slam prep workshops are optional and open to all graduate students.
*Last minute cancellations are strongly discouraged. Please inform the Grad Slam team (gdevents@grad.ucla.edu) if you no longer wish to participate in the Challenge.

Presentations/Slides – GUIDELINES & LIMITATIONS

Slides
1. Presenters are limited to a maximum of three (3) PowerPoint slides. No other formats (Prezi, PDFs, etc.) are acceptable.
2. Slides are optional. If you choose NOT to use slides, please indicate in your registration form so we can make a note of it.
3. Please include a plain white fourth slide that includes 1) your presentation title, 2) your name, and 3) your area of study. We will import this information on to a standard Grad Slam cover slide for you and put at the front of your presentation.
4. Use the 16:9 aspect ratio slide size for your presentation.
5. Embedded audio and/or video clips (including but not limited to .gif, .avi, .mp4, .mp3, and .wmv file types) are not permitted unless they are deemed indispensable to the communication of the research topic.
6. No PowerPoint animation effects are allowed (use of PowerPoint animation tab not allowed).
7. Slides must be created by the student and not generated by a professional. Use of PowerPoint templates is allowed.
8. You will be required to upload your video AND PowerPoint presentations to a designated site. Specific upload instructions will be sent to each student presenter.
9. Props are allowed.
10. Use common fonts like Arial, Calibri, Tahoma, Verdana, etc. to avoid any changes in your slides when opened on another computer.

Background and lighting
1. Please record yourself in a natural, uncluttered, quiet, and well-lit area (i.e., at home or office, not using a virtual background). Natural light sources illuminating your face from front and sides is ideal.
2. Filming while facing an uncovered window during the day is usually best.
3. Avoid bright lighting or windows behind you.

Recording your video
1. Please record your presentation in 1080p/HD. Also, use landscape (horizontally) rather than portrait mode.
2. Please make sure that your audio is clear and that there are no echoes.
3. Record from a straightforward angle, instead of the camera looking up or looking down, with the entire face up to chest-level within the frame.
4. Do not visually incorporate your PowerPoint slide into your video by placing it in the background or by sharing your screen. PowerPoint slides must be submitted separately. However, please include in your presentation a verbal cue to signal that you are referring to the first, second or third slide.
5. Do not edit your videos or add special effects.

Additional Tips

• Grad Slam is about effective COMMUNICATION– engaging your audience in key aspect of your research that excite you, that tell the best story to people outside of your field.
• Think about what sets your research apart from what has already been done already. What makes your work unique and valuable to your field?
• Think about commonplace references you can make to relate to your audience and draw them into your subject. Humor is often a good tool, as are rhetorical questions.
• The images you use on your slides should complement or illustrate what you are communicating verbally. Make sure they are relevant to your message.
• Do not fill your slides with data, charts, or graphs that require a lot of explanation.
• Do not fill your slides with so much content that the audience will be spending time trying to it all figure out what, rather than listening to what you are saying.
• Stay away from acronyms unless they are well-known or you can quickly explain them. Same with jargon and complex terms. You will need to briefly define them.
• Practice, practice, practice so you know all of your content by heart. Try recording yourself so you can see what others are seeing when you are presenting.
• Slow down and relax. Don’t speak too fast and mind your tempo and cadence. Clarity and being comfortable with your content is key.
• Practice presenting in front of your roommate, friends or family members — people are not greatly familiar with your topic/research. They are great sounding boards.
• Have fun with this! Your work is valuable and YOU are the expert. You have a lot to teach the rest of us and we’re here to listen.

 

How Do I Prepare? Workshops

The Graduate Division is very pleased to provide the following prep workshops for Grad Slam entrants.  The workshops are open to ALL graduate students, as well.

Grad Slam Workshops

Grad Slam 101GRAD SLAM 101: HOW TO GET STARTED
Tuesday, March 2 | 11 am – 12 pm | Zoom | Register

You signed up for Grad Slam, but what’s next? Not quite sure where to start? Join us at our Grad Slam brainstorming session to:

– Choose/refine your presentation topic
– Start outlining your ideas
– Take a close look at the guidelines and rules
– Brainstorm with past Grad Slam finalists and fellow 2021 Grad Slam participants

Grad Slam Alumni Facilitators: Former Grad Slam competitors and winners
Nyasha Maforo, Biomedical Physics (1st Place, 2019)
An-Chieh Feng, Molecular Biology (1st Place, 2020)

Staff facilitators:
Jacqueline Suero, Acting Manager, Operations & External Relations – Graduate Division
Samantha Tagoe, Events & Engagement Administrative Specialist – Graduate Division



Crafting a Compelling PresentationCRAFTING A COMPELLING PRESENTATION
Wednesday, March 3, 2021  |  12 pm – 1 pm | Zoom | Register
Open to all graduate students

As a graduate student, you’ve made countless sacrifices in order to pursue your dream of making an impact in your field of study. But to truly make an impact, you need support and a following of people who care about the work you are doing. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to craft a compelling presentation that inspires your audience and promotes your research in an authentic way. The principles you’ll learn can be applied in any setting but the activities will be tailored to include Grad Slam best practices.

Megan Eigenbrod

Megan Eigenbrod, MS
Training and Career Development Coordinator, UCLA Campus Human Resources

Megan Eigenbrod is the Training and Career Development Coordinator for UCLA Campus Human Resources. Megan fosters the professional development of UCLA administrative staff by providing training in leadership development, communication skills, and presentation design and delivery. Megan received her Master’s in Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Career Counseling from California State University Northridge. She has presented at several conferences including the Strengths in Educational Leadership Conference hosted by the Gallup Organization.


Design Principles For Visual Presentations

DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR VISUAL PRESENTATIONS
Thursday, March 4, 2021 |  12 pm – 1 pm | Zoom | Register
Open to all graduate students

The content of any presentation is critical, however, if you want your audience to understand, retain, and recall your message, powerful and complimentary visual aids will help you achieve those goals. This interactive workshop will introduce the audience to universal design principles that can be applied when creating visual presentations using any platform, such as PowerPoint, Prezi, and Haiku Deck. In preparation for the 2019 Grad Slam competition, the audience will practice applying these principles within the context of the PowerPoint rules and examples from previous finalists will be shared.

Kelsey DuffKelsey Duff
Training and Career Development Coordinator, UCLA Campus Human Resources

Kelsey Duff is a Training and Career Development Coordinator for UCLA Campus Human Resources. She coordinates the Staff Enrichment program where she offers career coaching, facilitates workshops on presentation skills, design and visual thinking, and more. Kelsey is UCLA graduate and a career UCLA employee with a background in academic advising, student support and professional development for others in student support positions. In 2018, she managed the recruitment and selection of conference presentations for the UC Academic Advising Conference, where she also presented for the third time.


Delivering an Engaging Presentation Workshop

DELIVERING AN ENGAGING VIRTUAL PRESENTATION WORKSHOP
Friday, March 5, 2021 |  12 pm – 1:30 pm | Zoom | Register
Open to all graduate students

Attend this workshop to learn about presenting effectively and confidently in a virtual environment. You’ll learn about storytelling techniques that you can use for your research presentation and a video submission for the Grad Slam. We’ll discuss what’s unique about speaking to a virtual audience and inclusive presentation tools for a virtual environment. This session will be interactive, fun and provide basics you can use again and again. During the session, you will:
-identify elements of an engaging presentation
-describe inclusive presentation practices
-practice storytelling in the short form

Thi Nguyen
Educator, Neuroscientist, Education Consultant

Thi (tee) Nguyen, PhD is an educator, neuroscientist, and freelance education consultant. As a former associate dean of graduate career development, she also hosted the university-wide 3 Minute Thesis and prepared grad students for their research presentations. She practices inclusive learning principles. She earned a BA/BA in Psychology and Biology from UT Austin and PhD in Neuroscience from UT Southwestern.


The Secrets of Virtual Public Speaking

THE SECRETS OF VIRTUAL PUBLIC SPEAKING
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 |  1 pm – 2 pm | Zoom | Register
Open to all graduate students

Learn the secrets of public speaking for a virtual environment, how to transfer in-person public speaking skills to an online platform, how to use online tools to connect with your audience, and how to effectively use video conferencing features.

Nickle Van WormerNickle Van Wormer
Senior Training Specialist, UCLA Health Center for Organizational Readiness and Education

Nickle Van Wormer is a Sr. Training Specialist for UCLA Health at the Center for Organizational Readiness and Education (CORE). His background is in theater directing, and after serving 6 years in the US Air Force during the Iraq war, Nickle transitioned into the corporate space training courses in leadership, communication, train-the-trainer, and other related topics. He holds a Masters of Science from RIT in Human Resource Development.


Small Group Coaching SessionsSMALL GROUP COACHING SESSIONS
Participating students must come prepared with a draft of their presentations. These small group sessions will give students the opportunity to present before the group and receive feedback both from the coach and Grad Slam peers who will also be in attendance. These sessions are for registered Grad Slam Challenge participants only.

Monday, March 29, 2021 | 4 pm – 5 pm
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 9 am – 10 am
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 | 5 pm – 6 pm
Thursday, April 1, 2021 |  4 pm – 5 pm
Friday, April 2, 2021 |  3 pm – 4 pm

Grad Slam Alumni Facilitators: Former Grad Slam competitors and winners

 

Other Preparation Resources

Online Resources

How to Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo, article by Guy Kawasaki
Giving an Academic Talk by Jonathan Shewchuk, Associate Professor in Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley
Don’t Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson
The And, But, and Therefore of Storytelling by Randy Olson
Giving Oral Presentations from English Communication for Scientists by Jean-luc Doumont (ed.), Nature (2010)
Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert by Aaron Weyenberg
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
Top Ten Tips for Writing and Delivering Very Brief Speeches by Bill Cole, Founder and CEO of William B. Cole Consultants
TED Talks (up to 6 minutes in length): Brief 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.
2014 University of Western Sydney Three-Minute Thesis Finals
The Secret Structure of Great Talks by Nancy Duarte at TEDxEast


Recommended Reading

Storytelling
Narrative Impact: Social and Cognitive Foundations, edited by Melanie C. Green, et al. (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates © 2002)
The Story Factor, by Annette Simmons (Perseus Publishing © 2001)
Tell Me a Story: Narrative and Intelligence, by Roger Schank (Northwestern University Press © 1990)
Wired for Story, by Lisa Cron (Ten Speed Press © 2012)

Language & Culture
Metaphors We Live By, by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (University of Chicago Press © 1980)
The Way We Talk Now, by Geoffrey Nunberg (Houghton Mifflin Company © 2001)
In Other Words: A Plea for Plain Speaking in Foundations, by Tony Proscio (Edna McConnel Clark Foundation © 2000)
When Words Fail, by Tony Proscio (Edna McConnel Clark Foundation © 2005)
Compassion Fatigue, by Susan Moeller (Routledge © 1999)
Tales of a New America, by Robert Reich (Times Books © 1987)

Writing
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Persons Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, by Steven Pinker (Penguin Books © 2015)
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser (30 Anv. Rep Ed. © 2006)
Telling True Stories, Edited by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call (Plume © 2007)
Storycraft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Non-Fiction, by Jack Hart (University of Chicago Press © 2012)

Judging/Reviewing & Feedback

Judging panels or esteemed reviewers for the top 10 video submissions will be comprised of faculty, academic deans, administrative staff, alumni, postdoctoral scholars, donors and elected officials.  Great effort is made to select judges that represent diversity in discipline, as well.

Presenters will be judged on the clarity and delivery, and their ability to provide context and engage with a non-specialist audience helping others understand and appreciate their research.

Each judge/reviewer will award up to 35 points based on the following criteria:

  1. Clarity
  2. Organization
  3. Delivery
  4. Visuals
  5. Appropriateness
  6. Intellectual Significance
  7. Engagement

Judging Score Sheet

Timing of each presentation will commence from the moment the student begins the presentation. The presentation begins at the moment the student engages with the audience. Thus if s/he starts with a hand clap, a gesture, an audio or video clip or any other such engagement, prior to speaking, the clock begins at that time. If there is no such alternative engagement, the clock starts when the student begins speaking.

Should the presentation go longer than 3 minutes, points will be deducted from the final score, beginning with a 1 point deduction at 3:03, and 1 point being taken off for every 2 seconds the speaker continues after that:

3:03 – 3:04 1 point
3:05 – 3:06 2 points
3:07 – 3:08 3 points
3:09 – 3:10 4 points
3:11 – 3:15   5 points
Speakers will be cut off at 3:30 (15 point deduction)

Judges will not be allowed to ask any questions of the presenters following their presentation.

Participation Gift/Prizes

This year’s Grad Slam Challenge will not have any competition rounds or prizes. However, the Top 10 video submissions will be selected and posted on May 5, 2021.

All registered participants who complete the Grad Slam Challenge will be eligible to receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card, courtesy of the Graduate Division.

Students must be registered and enrolled during Winter Quarter 2021 and be in good academic standing in order to participate in the Grad Slam and to be eligible to receive any participation gift.

 

University of California Grad Slam Championship

The system wide competition will feature the first place winners from each of UC’s 10 campuses who delivered their 3-minute research talks.

 

Photos/Videos, Social Media & Sponsors

Photo & Video Galleries

2020 UCLA Grad Slam Final Competition – Photo Gallery
2020 UCLA Grad Slam Final Competition – Video Presentations

Caitlin Aamodt, Neuroscience – How Songbirds can Help Us Find New Treatments for Autism
Wadie Chalgham, Mechanical Engineering – Smart Pipeline Leak Detection and Response System
An-Chieh Feng, Molecular Biology / Immunity, Microbes, and Molecular Pathogenesis – 99% Useless?
Lucia Ichino, Molecular Biology – Unlocking the DNA
Meng-Wei Ko, Oral Biology and Medicine – Natural Killer Cells: Triumph Over Cancer
Cassandra Meyer, Neuroscience – Taming the Neurodegenerative Monster in Multiple Sclerosis
Kanav Saraf, Bioengineering – Helping your Doctor Catch Silent Heart Disease
Karthik Sarma, Bioengineering – Federated Learning for Medical Imaging
David Shia, Molecular Biology – Outmaneuvering Drug-Resistant Cancer: A Game of Chess
Gil Torten, Neuroscience – Preventing Blindness on a Cellular Level

2019 UCLA Grad Slam Final Competition – Photo Gallery
2019 UCLA Grad Slam Final Competition – Video Presentations 

2018 Video Presentations

2017 Photos and Video Presentations

2016 Photos and Video Presentations

 

Publicity & Social Media
Sponsors and Campus Partners

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

UCLA Student Fees Advisory Committee

 

Contact Us


Contact Us!

Questions? Email gdevents@grad.ucla.edu – please include “Grad Slam” in the subject line

Meet the Grad Slam Team

Jacqueline SueroJacqueline Suero, Acting Manager, Operations & External Relations

“It is quite rewarding to be involved in putting together Grad Slam this year. It is a truly empowering and inspiring experience to be able to provide a powerful platform where we can witness brilliant minds articulate and showcase their amazing research into a 3-minute TED talk style presentation.”

Samantha TagoeSamantha Tagoe, Events & Engagement Administrative Specialist

“I’m excited to watch these intelligent and talented students showcase their expertise in various areas of research. It’s always wonderful to witness the growth of students as they work diligently to succeed and meet their goals.”