Grad Slam Final Round and Award Ceremony (2024)

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After months of workshops on effective presentation, months of training to engage a diverse audience, and months of practicing, refining, practicing, and perfecting, graduate students competed in the Grad Slam preliminary and semifinal rounds resulting in six finalists. Their hard work and passion come together in our annual campus-wide competition for the best 3-minute graduate student presentation of a research or creative project. Grad Slam is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their communication skills. It is also an effective way to showcase the innovative research and creative work associated with graduate education at the University of Arizona. And it’s an inspiring occasion to support our students as they shape a changing world.

Six finalists will participate in the grand prize round. Thanks to a generous contribution from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Impact, winners will be awarded over $6,000 in prize money. After the program, you are welcome to meet our distinguished judges and competition participants at a reception in the Student Union. Come support our stellar students and prepare to be inspired at GRAD SLAM 2024!

Doors open at 5 PM, opening remarks and presentations begin at 5:15 PM.

This year's finalists are

  • Mary Ahern, Nutritional Sciences
  • Sankha Subhra Mahanti, Geosciences
  • Kara Miller, Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Mateo Pomilia, Native American Languages and Linguistics
  • Taylor Simmons, Environmental Health Sciences
  • Nathalia Vega, Planetary Sciences

RSVP encouraged; however walk-ins welcome.