Judges

Welcome to the Grad Slam Judges page. The faculty, staff, and community members that serve as judges for Grad Slam support UA’s graduate students by helping them enhance their public speaking skills, all the while learning about the amazing creative and academic work that takes place at the UA. Past Grad Slams have featured judges from all over the UA and Tucson community.

This page provides an overview of what Grad Slam judges do, how they are selected, how to get involved, and a list of individuals that have served as judges at past Grad Slam competitions.

What do judges do at Grad Slam?

The judges for Grad Slam are an important part of the competition and professional development goals of the event. As a judge, one

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the presentation of a student’s creative or research project using the Grad Slam scorecard. Based upon the combined scores of the judges, several presenters move on to the next round. Judges do not evaluate the project itself. Training materials are provided prior to the event and onsite to familiarize the judge panel with the format.
  • Provides constructive feedback to the presenter on what stood out about the presentation.
  • Serves as a representative of the diverse audiences that students will encounter during and after their time at the UA. Each session has three judges.

All judge assignments include parking, meals, and other amenities, including the opportunity to meet UA students and campus partners.

How are judges selected?

Judges are selected through a volunteer and nomination process coordinated by the Grad Slam Planning Committee. The committee strives to have a diverse set of judges for each round, and we actively recruit and schedule the rounds so that there is a mix of perspectives, disciplines, and sectors represented at each heat and round of Grad Slam. Usually there is a mix of faculty, staff, and administrators from the UA and Tucson community members from business, government, and nonprofits. Graduate students and undergraduate students cannot serve as judges.

List of judges from previous Grad Slam competitions is coming soon.

Interested in Judging? Know someone who would make a great judge?

The Grad Slam Planning Committee is recruiting judges for the preliminary, semifinals, and final rounds. Please email the Judge Recruitment Coordinator for more information or to refer us a name of a good judge candidate.

General dates are provided below while the specific timeslots are being made. Judge assignments will include an orientation before the competition heat, the competition heat, and post competition closing. Benefits of judging include paid parking, refreshments, and other amenities, in addition to the opportunity to meet UA students and campus partners.

Preliminary Rounds, March 19 and 20, 2019

The timeframe for each of the heats shown below includes judge training, the competition heat, and score review. We expect the time commitment to be no more than 2 hours and 15 minutes, but most likely less time depending on how long a judge panel requires to review and finalize their decision.

Tuesday, March 19

  • Heat 1: 8:30 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Heat 2: 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM
  • Heat 3: 11:30 AM to 1:45 PM
  • Heat 4: 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM
  • Heat 5: 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
  • Heat 6: 4:00 PM to 6:15 PM

Wednesday, March 20

  • Heat 7: 8:30 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Heat 8: 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM
  • Heat 9: 11:30 AM to 1:45 PM
  • Heat 10: 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM
  • Heat 11: 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
  • Heat 12: 4:00 PM to 6:15 PM

 

Semifinal Rounds, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The timeframe for each of the heats shown below includes judge training, the competition heat, and score review. We expect the time commitment to be no more than 2 hours and 15 minutes, but most likely less time depending on how long a judge panel requires to review and finalize their decision.

  • Heat 1: 8:30 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Heat 2: 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM
  • Heat 3: 11:30 AM to 1:45 PM

 

Final Round, April 2, 2019

The timeframe for Final Round includes judge training, the competition heat, score review, and a reception.

  • 5:00 PM to 7:45 PM

 

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Last updated 6 Mar 2019