The idea is to explain who you are, what you study, why you study it, what your research question is, how you're analyzing it, and — most importantly — why it matters to folks outside your field using 1 PowerPoint slide and less than 3 minutes!
Hear from past Rebel Grad Slam participants – Austin McKenna (2017), Henry Castillo (2015), LaToya Burdiss (2019), and Jason Avedesian (2019) – about why they participated, their experience, and tips for future competitors.
Rebel Grad Slam 2017 Winner
Rebel Grad Slam 2015 Winner
2019 Rebel Grad Slam participant LaToya Burdiss
2019 Rebel Grad Slam participant Jason Avedesian
The Rebel Grad Slam 3-Minute Thesis Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase their research and scholarship in an engaging way. This is a fast paced research rumble to highlight the innovative and impactful work being done by UNLV graduate students. Come out to cheer on your friends, students and colleagues
The Rebel Grad Slam challenges students to a 3-minute/1-slide presentation to showcase their research to the audience and judges in a condensed and compelling way. Participants will be evaluated on how well they explain and communicate the most significant parts of their scholarship/research. Winners of the Preliminary Rounds will progress to the Semi-Finals. Winners of the Semi-Finals round will compete in the Rebel Grad Slam Finals.
Winners of every round win scholarships and the value of these awards increases from the preliminary rounds to the semi-finals and the finals! The total cash prize pool is over $14,000!
This is a medallion-qualifying event for UNLV graduate & professional students. For additional information, please see the Graduate College Medallion Program website. The Rebel Grad Slam Finals Round & Reception also fulfills the major campus research event requirement for the Grad Rebel Advantage Program. Please see the event website for additional information.
You cannot modify your PowerPoint slide between rounds.
You may only use your 1 PowerPoint slide: no music, performances, props, note cards, etc.
The 3-minute presentation maximum will be strictly enforced; any contestants exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified from the competition. A time clock will be made visible for contestants to monitor.
Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps, or songs).
All judges' scoring and decisions will be final.
Business casual is encouraged.
Preliminary and Semi-Finals round contestants must log in to WebEx 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the competition
Finals round contestants must check in 30 minutes prior to the start of the competition.
Why You Should Compete
All participants will receive a Rebel Grad Slam T-shirt and a gift bag, and the winners of each round receive scholarships.
For the Preliminary Rounds:
first-place winner gets $300
second-place winner gets $200
third-place winner gets $100
For the Semi-Final Rounds:
first-place winner gets $600
second-place winner gets $400
third-place winner gets $200
audience choice gets $100 (sponsored by US Bank)
For the Final Round:
first-place winner gets $1,500
second-place winner gets $1,000
third-place winner gets $750
audience choice winner gets $700 (sponsored by US Bank)
The College with the most Grad Rebel participants wins a free lunch!
The overall 1st place winner's College will be awarded the Rebel Grad Slam Trophy to keep and display for the academic year.
In addition, we are once again participating in the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) 3MT Competition and the Southwest Showdown 3MT Grad Slam. Finalists of the UNLV Rebel Grad Slam competition may have the opportunity to compete in these regional competitions.
Tips for Success
Use limited text on the PowerPoint slide.
Use visuals on the PowerPoint slide. Optional visuals include: original charts, graphs, illustrations & photos.
Practice, practice, and practice!
Time yourself; Practice not exceeding 3 minutes.
Speak to your audience, make eye-contact, speak clearly and confidently.
Avoid jargon: present your ideas in an accessible way.
Be engaging: make the audience feel something.
Show up 15 minutes early to the event in which you are competing.
Watch other 3MT presentation videos for guidance & inspiration.
Be aware of the scoring rubric to help you prepare your presentation and earn the points you need to win your round.
Please be advised that your participation in the Rebel Grad Slam event may amount to a public disclosure which could jeopardize your ability to obtain patent protection in certain jurisdictions. As a student, prior to participating and openly sharing the details of your project, you may want to seek legal counsel. Regarding faculty, staff member or employee of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, please contact the Office of Economic Development regarding any disclosure you plan to share or otherwise present to ensure compliance with NSHE policy and to best advise you on how to protect any intellectual property that may arise from your project.