2022 Finalist Alexandra Birch

Info for Presenters

We are excited for you to participate in the 2024 Grad Slam Showcase!

This event is all about bringing your amazing research to life for a broad audience, and we are here to help and support every step of the way.

STEP 1. Sign Up to Participate

You'll first want to find out which Preliminary Round to sign up for by checking out the schedule here. Your group is determined by which home department you are in. If you have any questions about which group you should pick, you can email Shawn Warner.

Next, fill out the Presenter Sign-Up Form by the priority deadline of February 16. You'll need to know the title of your talk when you sign up. We'll also ask about your availability to participate in our Final Round events should you be selected as a Finalist.

While we will strive to maintain the preliminary schedule as planned, presentation dates and times are tentative until confirmed by Graduate Division staff. Some changes may need to be made in order to ensure that the number of participants in each round is roughly equivalent. Presenters will be notified at least one week in advance of any schedule changes.

All preliminary presenters will receive:

  • A professional recording of their talk
  • A chance at winning prize money for their disciplinary grouping ($1000 for 1st place, $500 for second place, $25 gift card for all other presenters)
  • Grad Slam swag (branded mug and canvas tote)

STEP 2. Review the Presentation Guidelines

On the Presentation Guidelines page, you'll find all the information you need to know about visuals, timing, and how your talk will be evaluated by our judging panels.

There is also a handy (but optional) slideshow template you can use.

STEP 3. Review Presentation Resources and Attend Training Workshops

We've got lots of ways to help you prepare, including online resources to review on your own and hands-on training workshops to attend.

Many of our Finalists from past years note the importance of taking advantage of these resources, so be sure to check them out!

STEP 4. Final Preparations

As we get closer to the Preliminary Rounds, take note of the following important information (this will also be emailed to you after you sign up):

  1. Make sure your presentation slot has been confirmed by Graduate Division staff and you have marked your calendar.
  2. If you are using slides for your presentation, you must send them to Michael Roysner no later than one week before your preliminary round. We recommend creating your slides using Google Slides, and we even have a branded template you can use.
  3. Sign up for one of our practice sessions to get feedback on your talk from Graduate Division staff and other grad students.
  4. Invite your friends and colleagues to come cheer you on!
  5. Show up for your assigned round at least 30 minutes before the start time.

STEP 5. Present!

The moment has come for you to shine! We can't wait to learn about your cool research.

After the round, you'll also receive feedback from the judges. Their written comments as well as numerical scores will be compiled and shared anonymously with you via email within one week after your round.

STEP 6. Connect with Fellow Grad Slammers

All preliminary round presenters are invited to join us for an informal social event on Friday, March 15, at 12pm. You'll be able to chat with your peers and debrief from the showcase. More info will be sent to presenters in late February!