SJSU Grad Slam

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Applications are Open!

Now accepting applications for Grad Slam. The event will take place April 25, 2023. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2023.

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What is Grad Slam?

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Since its inception in 2019, Grad Slam at San José State University has become a well-known and recognized event. Grad Slam, a research communication competition or also known as a three-minute thesis competition, is an exciting and fast-paced event where graduate students present their research in three minutes with one slide to a non-specialist audience. Students compete in front of a live audience and a panel of judges, and are scored on their ability to communicate their work and its impact effectively in three minutes.

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Why Participate?

Three winners will receive great cash prices: First Place: $1,200, Second Place: $800, Audience Choice: $500. In addition to cash prizes, you will attend public speaking workshops where you will receive feedback and develop your presentation skills—a valuable skill in the professional world. You will also receive deliverables of your presentation that you can post on LinkedIn or social media accounts, gain professional development opportunities, build connections, and learn from the cohort's diversity of background and experiences to help communicate your ideas.

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Past Grad Slam Participant Testimonials

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 Kate Forrest, First Place Winner 2022

What Was The Grad Slam Experience Like For You?

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 Lupe Franco, First Place Winner 2021

What Can We Say To Convince You To Participate in Grad Slam?

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 Nathaniel Pergamit, Second Place 2022

What Did You Gain From The Grad Slam Experience?

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And the 2022 Winners are...

Kate Forrest

First Place

Kate Forrest

Meteorology, MS

Title of Presentation - "Fire Tornadoes: The Unicorns of Fire Weather"

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Nathaniel Pergamit

Second Place

Nathaniel Pergamit

Music, MM

Title of Presentation - "Buried Treasure in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park"

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Punithavathi Sundaramurthy

Audience Choice

Punithavathi Sundaramurthy

Bioinformatics, MS

Title of Presentation - "A Computational Approach to Identify Complex DNA Binding Sites to Study Gene Regulation"

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Past Grad Slam Winners