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Grad SLAM Preparation Resources

2020 Workshops & Coaching

2020 Grad SLAM Information Sessions

These sessions will provide an overview of Grad SLAM 2020, tips on how to get started, and strategies for connecting with past participants to learn from their experiences.

  • Lunch & Learn Info Session | Thursday, November 21st, 12 to 1 p.m.
  • Webinar Info Session | Wednesday, December 4th from 1 to 2 p.m.

2020 Support & Coaching Sessions

Grad SLAM Information and Discussion Groups

Designed specifically for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences grad students (but open to all!) who are interested in Grad SLAM and want to create a strategy for success in a collaborative environment.

  • Wednesday, January 29th, 5 to 6:30 p.m. | Teaching + Learning Commons | RSVP here
  • Wednesday, February 5th, 5 to 6:30 p.m. | Teaching + Learning Commons | RSVP here

Drop-In Coaching from the Center for Student Involvement

Coaching sessions are drop-in spaces for participants to work on their presentations, receive and give feedback on research talks, and build confidence as they prepare for Grad SLAM. Bring your slides!

  • Monday, February 3rd, 1 to 3 p.m. | Price Center, Marshall Room
  • Thursday, February 6th,  9 to 11 a.m. | Price Center, Roosevelt Room
  • Friday, February 7th, 2 to 4 p.m. | Price Center, Green Table Room

Workshop: “Connecting with a Non-Expert Audience” 

This workshop will help participants develop strategies for delivering a compelling and confident 3-minute research talk to a general audience in preparation for Grad SLAM.

  • Friday, February 7th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Teaching + Learning Commons

Ongoing Support at the Writing Hub

Grad SLAM participants can get ongoing, individualized support from the Graduate Writing Consultants at the Writing Hub.  Writing Consultants can help you think through and articulate your ideas thoughtfully.  Consultants are available for 30 and 60 minute one-on-one appointments, Sunday through Friday.  Make an appointment at

Additional Resources


  • TED Talks: Approximately 3-minute talks on “ideas worth spreading”
  • PhD Comics Two-Minute Thesis: PhD Comics challenged graduate students to explain their work in two minutes – the best have been turned into videos!
  • 3 Minute Thesis Competition Winners: Winning presentations from a multi-university thesis competition in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the South Pacific