Grad Slam Workshops & Information Sessions

The Graduate College and the Graduate & Professional Student Council host information and pre-event workshops for students and participants in Grad Slam. Free and open to all students, the information sessions help students learn more about Grad Slam and the workshops help students learn about strategies for effective public speaking and enhance their skills.

Information sessions



Information sessions

Come to an information session for a general overview of the competition and have your answered by a Grad Slam Team representative. RSVP is strongly encouraged since refreshments are provided; however, walk-ins are welcome. Each session will be no more than one hour.

Information Session Dates and Times

Information session dates are being finalized; however they will occur in January and February 2018.

Location: To be determined

Spring 2018 Grad Slam Workshops

The Graduate College and the Graduate & Professional Student Council are excited to offer a series of workshops for students. Through partnerships with the UA Toastmasters groups and professors across campus, we are able to offer workshops on a wide range of topics and skills that will help students prepare for Grad Slam and enhance their public speaking skills. Additional workshops may be added based upon instructor availability. Each workshop is about one hour in length, unless otherwise noted.

Space is limited for each workshop. Please use the RSVP links to secure your spot.

Specific dates, times, and venue for the workshops are currently being scheduled. Please check back in December 2017 for more information. The workshops will take place between February 12, 2018 and March 16, 2018. The schedule of topics will follow the order outlined below.

Week 1 Topic – Developing Your Idea

Attendees will discuss how to prepare a presentation outline, review the UA Grad Slam Scorecard and Judging Criteria, and will have the opportunity to introduce their presentation ideas to the group.

Week 2 Topic – Crafting Your Presentation

Attendees will learn various presentation techniques including storytelling, use of humor, incorporating visual aids, and tips for engaging a non-specialist audience.  The session will include an opportunity to practice the concepts covered.

Week 3 Topic – Dealing with Presentation Anxiety & Practicing Your Presentation

Performing Your Presentation: Using Connective Voice and Stage Presence to Engage Your Audience Workshop

  • Presented by Monte Ralstin, UA School of Theatre
  • Acclaimed professor and performer Monte Ralstin of the UA School of Theatre will discuss techniques used by singers and stage actors to engage audiences that will help take your presentation to the next level. The workshop will include an opportunity to practice the concepts covered.

Dealing with Presentation Anxiety Workshop

Attendees will learn how to deal with presentation anxiety and how to practice their presentations effectively in addition to practicing engaging body language and vocal variety.

Week 4 Topic – Presentation Run-throughs and Feedback

Practice your presentations and evaluate each other using the Grad Slam Scorecard and Judging Criteria. You will leave this workshop series prepared to talk about your research and discovery.

Last updated 7 Nov 2017