Berkeley Grad Slam Championship

Special Event | April 5 | 3-5:30 p.m. | 309 Sproul Hall

 Tim Day, Flannery / Schaffer Lab

 Graduate Division

See eight graduate student semi-finalists compete to be the Berkeley Champion!
Everyone is invited to cheer on graduate students as they present their three-minute research talks! While a panel of distinguished judges ascertains the top two winners, audience members will have the opportunity to vote a “people’s choice” winner.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
3 – 5:30 pm
309 Sproul Hall
FREE and open to the public
Event will be livestreamed at

The top winner will represent Berkeley and compete in the ten-campus UC-wide Grad Slam hosted by UC President Janet Napolitano at LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco on May 4, 2017.

Grad Slam is a UC-sponsored competitive speaking event designed to showcase graduate student research in three-minute talks pitched to a general audience. This is a unique opportunity for graduate students who are engaged in substantive original research projects to develop oratorical skills, dynamic deliveries, and compelling content when presenting their academic research — while attracting the notice of academic, media, and private and public sector leaders from across the state.

Distinguished Judges

Na’ilah Nassir • Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion; Professor of Education and of African American Studies
Amy Slater • UC alumna, attorney, and lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy
Caroline Winnett • Executive Director, UC Berkeley Skydeck