SJSU Grad Slam

Since its inception in 2019, Grad Slam at San José State University is a campus-wide competition for the best short research presentation by a graduate student. During the competition, graduate students will be judged by a panel based on their ability to successfully engage a non-specialist audience while communicating key details about their research in three minutes or less.

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Benefits of Participating

  • You will have the opportunity to showcase your research and creative activites.
  • Receive a professional video of your presentation to add to your LinkedIn account for employers and colleagues to view.
  • Through participation in our carefully curated public speaking training workshops, you will gain valuable professional development skills in the art of speaking and presentation.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a regional competition.
  • Win great prize money!
                First Place: $1,200
                Second Place: $800
                Audience Choice: $500

Learn More

Details about the Grad Slam, including the application, important deadlines, and detailed descriptions of the public speaking workshops are available on a dedicated Grad Slam Google site for your review.

You may also attend one of several live information sessions to find out more and we can answer any questions you have.  Click on the date you wish to attend to register!

Session Dates:
Early Bird Session!  Thursday, January 20, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. PST
Early Bird Session!  Friday, January 21, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. PST
Friday, February 11, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. PST
Wednesday, February 16, 2022  from 12:00-1:00 p.m. PST
LAST CHANCE!  Friday, February 25, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PST

Sneak Peak - Public Speaking Workshop

Although our public speaking training workshops will be open only to our Grad Slam participants, check out these sessions open to all graduate students to learn about creating a compelling presentation for a general audience.  Select a date to register for a Zoom link.

Session One:  Tuesday, March 1st from 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. PST 
Session Two:  Wednesday, March 2nd from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. PST

Hear from former Grad Slam participants

Read what other graduate students who have participated in the Grad Slam have said about their experiences and learn more about why you should apply.

View 2019 Grad Slam Winners

View 2021 Grad Slam Winners