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Grad Slam

Registration is now available for the
                 2024 Grad Slam!

2024 Save the Date

2024 Grad Slam

When: Friday, April 5, 2024 | 5-8pm
Markstein Hall 125
Registration is now available for the 2024 Grad Slam! Register online HERE by Monday, March 25th.

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What is Grad Slam?

The Annual Grad Slam is a campus-wide competition where both undergraduate and graduate students showcase their impactful and innovative research, scholarship, or creative activity in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.

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. Presentations from all disciplines are invited.

Why Participate?

  1. Enhanced Communication Skills: Grad Slam provides a platform for students to hone their ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely, a skill that is valuable in academia and beyond.

  2. Professional Development: By participating, students can develop valuable skills in public speaking, storytelling, and presenting their research to a non-specialist audience, which can be beneficial for their future careers.

  3. Networking Opportunities: Grad Slam offers students the chance to connect with peers, faculty, and professionals from various fields, expanding their network and potential opportunities for collaboration or future career paths.

  4. Recognition and Visibility: Participants can gain recognition for their research and academic achievements, both within the university and potentially at broader levels if they advance to higher stages of the competition.

  5. Personal Growth: The experience of participating in Grad Slam can boost students' confidence, self-esteem, and ability to present themselves and their work effectively in professional settings.

  6. Prizes: Cash Prizes for top winnners!

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) 
  • Two Runner Up Prizes

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"