The Grad Slam

The Office of Graduate Studies and Research is sponsoring a student research competition, “The Grad Slam,” on Thursday, March 28 in Library 102 at 6pm and on Zoom. Graduate students will present their research in a 3-minute presentation, and a committee of judges will declare two winners to move on to the (virtual) state competition on Friday, May 3, 2024. All disciplines are encouraged to participate. 

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Stan State Finalists: CSU Grad Slam 2024


Jair Torres (right) from the Master of Science in Biological Sciences Program and Karina Garcia-Aguilar (left) from the Master of Social Work Program are the Stan State finalists in the California State University Grad Slam, a fast-paced event in which graduate students present their research, scholarship, and creativity in just three minutes or less-with just one image!

Graduate students from across the California State University system will compete in the Fourth Annual CSU Grad Slam on May 3, 2024, at CSU Long Beach.

Special congratulations to the People’s Choice, Yuliana Baez Vargas, from the Master of Social Work Program!



  • The Grad Slam Champion (1st place) - $500
  • Runner-up (2nd place) - $400
  • The People’s choice (one vote per in-person and live-stream audience members) - $300

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled post-baccalaureate students conducting research at Stan State
    • Master's, grad certificate, credential, or doctoral (i.e. enrolled in the Spring 2024 semester)
  • Individual presenters
    • No group presentations are permitted at this time.

If you have a research project that you would like to talk about with a larger audience, this event is for you. You do not need to have a finished research project. You can present your research project to address the following 3 points:

  1. Why is it interesting to you?
  2. Describe the research you are planning to do. 
  3. Why it matters.

Submission Requirements: 

  • Presentation title
  • 200-word or less abstract - please have your Stan State faculty advisor review (person who supports/guides your research)
  • ONE, single page PowerPoint slide

Optional Submission Material (highly encouraged):

  • A professional headshot. Please submit in .jpg format. (optional)
  • A URL of a short self-recording (3-minutes max) about the contents of your presentation. This will be used to help the theatre faculty know how best to help. (optional)


Presenters for the Grad Slam will be scored in two general areas: “Comprehension & Content” and “Engagement & Communication”.
Area 1: Comprehension & Content

  • Presenter effectively communicated the background and significance of the research.
  • Presenter effectively communicated the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research.
  • Presentation followed a clear and logical sequence.
  • Presenter effectively communicated the conclusions, outcomes, and impact of the research.

Area 2: Engagement & Communication

  • The presentation was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience.
  • The slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation
  • The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience's attention

Fall 2022 Grad Slam Competition Videos 

Updated: April 09, 2024