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Grad Slam 2020

Grad Slam 2020

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What is Grad Slam?

Grad Slam 2020 has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

Please join us next year for Grad Slam 2021.

Grad Slam is a campus-wide competition for the best short-style research presentation aimed at a non-specialist audience.  This will be the first Grad Slam competition held at California State University, East Bay. Graduate students have three minutes to communicate the key concepts and significance of their research, and will be judged in part on their ability to engage their audiences. Competition judges will be composed of CSUEB staff, faculty, alumni and students.

The competition will take place on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 in the University Union Bayview room from 12:30 pm - 2 pm.

Competition Format

  • Graduate students apply to compete as individuals.
    • Presentations must be 3 minutes or less
  • Participants can win one of these prizes:
    • Best Presentation
    • 2nd Place
    • 3rd Place
Prize values
1st Place   $300
2nd Place   $200
3rd Place   $100

Presentation Format

  • Presentations are to be presented orally. Poems, raps, and songs may be included if directly related to project.
  • There must be a short introduction that explains the work at the beginning of the presentation. The introduction is included in the total time allotted.
  • Students must provide one static slide to display throughout their talk. No slide transitions or animations are allowed. Presentations cannot use any supporting materials unless they have pre-approval from the Grad Slam Committee. Any use of props will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Speakers will receive three time markers during their presentations signaling when students are halfway through the allotted time, in the last 30 seconds of the allotted time, and at the end of the time allotted.
  • Each presentation will be judged using a common Competition Scoring Rubric [PDF]. 

Why Sign Up?

Grad Slam is an opportunity for you to network with fellow graduate students, alumni, staff and faculty. In addition, you will learn how to communicate your research concisely to a broad audience outside of your own field. Participation in the competition will provide lifelong public speaking skills which can be added on your C.V.

  • Must be a matriculated graduate student to be eligible to apply.
    • Note: Undergraduates and members of the public are welcome to attend but are not invited to participate.
  • Ggraduate students must apply as individual presenters
    • Speeches must be 3 minutes or less.
    • Applicants must submit original research from their thesis, dissertation, graduate project, or any other research-based projects they are working on. The research can focus on the development of new ideas, methods, or products, or it may focus on the application and revision of current methods or models. Students in creative degree programs such as the MA Music should focus on how their creative work applies to the broader exchange of ideas and the role it plays in providing new perspective or changing attitudes.
  • Participants are encouraged to make use of the services of the SCAA in preparing their presentations. 
  • Previous winners of Grad Slam may not compete in subsequent Grad Slam competitions.
  • In the event of a tie, a representative from the Office of Graduate Studies will break the tie.
  • Each presentation will be judged using a common Competition Scoring Rubric [PDF]. 

How to Apply

Contact the graduate coordinator of your program to express your interest in participating in Grad Slam.  Complete an application and obtain your graduate coordinator's signature. Submit your application to the Office of Graduate Studies in SA 4500 by 5:00 PM Thursday, February 20th, 2020. 

*Application available here*

If you've applied:

  1. Applications will be reviewed.
  2. Three finalists from each college will be selected by the Grad Slam Committee.
  3. Finalists will then be notified with next steps.
  4. Finalists will present on the day of Grad Slam.

Helpful Links

Presentation Examples

Individuals that require accommodations for this event please contact Accessibility Services by April 9, 2020.  
Email: | Phone: 510-885-3868  


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