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Grad Slam

2024 Save the Date

What is Grad Slam?

The Annual Grad Slam is a campus wide competition for the best 3-minute research talk aimed at a non-specialist audience. It's a fantastic opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their research in a professional and competitive setting. 

Presentations from all disciplines are invited. Research completed during the prior spring and fall semesters are eligible to apply. Student participants will make 1 presentation slide and give a 3-minute oral presentations before juries of professional experts from major corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in California.

Winning Presentations

Winners will be awarded cash prizes and be selected from the following categories:

  • Two graduate (1 STEM and 1 Non-STEM) 
  • One undergraduate (STEM or Non-STEM) 
  • One people's choice

The 2 graduate winners will also represent CSUSM at the CSU Wide Grad Slam!


We are pleased to welcome Lilly Research Laboratories as a new sponsor of the 2024 Grad Slam!


Congratulations to our 2023 Grad Slam Winners

Grad Slam

Serena Farrell | Biological Sciences (Undergraduate Winner)
"Changes in Abundance in TRP/painless in the Osmoregulatory Tissues of the Aedes Aegypti larvae"

Natalie Medico | History (People's Choice)
"Radical Women, Media, and Civil Disobedience"

Elisha Rainwaters | Sociological Practice (Non-STEM Winner)
"The Impact of COVID quarantine in local independent musicians"

Jocelyne Dates | Biological Sciences (STEM Winner) 
"Voltage-gated Ion Channels Regulate Epithelial Ion Transport and Fluid Secretion Rate in the Malpighian Tubules of the Larval Cabbage Looper"