Research Rockstars Undergrad Slam Video Contest

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The Undergraduate Research Center announces the continuation of the UC Davis “Research Rockstars” Undergrad Slam video contest for undergraduate researchers to showcase their research, scholarship or design project and win up to $500!!  This contest is open to all students in all disciplines! 

This contest follows a popular tradition of the UC Grad Slam, which is an annual contest for graduate students to communicate their research. The Grad Slam aims to make research accessible by providing emerging scientists and scholars with the skills to engage the public in their work. Participants are judged on how well they engage the audience, how clearly they communicate key concepts and how effectively they focus and present their ideas—all in three minutes or less.  Now undergrads get their chance!!

Showcase your research, scholarship or design project by making a 3-minute video explaining your research project and its impact (click here to see the 2018 and 2019 winners!). Win awards up to $500, as well as bragging rights, for the best videos.

Check out the videos of the recent winners of the Grad Slam:


Reviewer’s choice awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd Place awards, up to $500): Winners will be judged on academic and/or scientific merit, quality of the content/message, and creativity used in the production and narration of the video. A panel of reviewers will help choose the winners (first place award = $500, second place award = $300 and third place award = $200).

Popular choice award ($300): Involve your friends and family!  The video with the highest number of popular/audience votes (i.e. views) will win the popular choice award ($300).


All applicants must currently be pursuing undergraduate research and fit the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate student at UC Davis; any year, any discipline (currently enrolled or graduated in the 2019-20 academic year)

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The next call for submissions for this award will be Spring Quarter 2021.