NYU Abu Dhabi graduate students and postdoctoral candidates share their research in this three-minute thesis presentation.

Are You Ready to Compete?

Key Dates

  • Kick-Off Event: Monday, August 21, 2023
  • Intent to Compete deadline: Friday, September 8, 2023
  • Semi-final: Thursday, September 21, 2023
  • Final: Thursday, October 5, 2023


  • People’s Choice Award: USD 400 
  • Runner-Up: USD 600  
  • Winner: USD 1,000

Rules and Judging Criteria - accessible by NYUAD graduate students and postdoctoral candidates.

What is GradSlam?

GradSlam is an event where members of the NYUAD graduate and postdoctoral community will have the opportunity to present their research in a three-minute public presentation. GradSlam brings together the entire postdoctoral and graduate student community to help train and skill our postgrad scholars in how to communicate their research to a general audience.

Participant Workshops

August 24, 2023

Workshop 1: What is the three-minute talk genre | 2-4pm
Learn the basics of how to prepare for a three-minute thesis talk.

Hosted by Linda Mubarak, Instructor, NYUAD Executive Education

August 24, 2023

Workshop 2: Narrative writing - How to craft a story | 4-6pm
This workshop will teach participants fundamentals of narrative and its power in effective communication. From there, participants will learn how to better construct their three-minute thesis presentations with strong narrative principles.

Hosted by Alia Soliman, Lecturer, NYUAD Visual and Cultural Studies

August 31, 2023

Workshop 3: Foundations of Communication | 2-4pm
This workshop will look at the foundations of good delivery, highlighting five key areas that need to be considered every time you deliver a message.

Hosted by Linda Mubarak, Instructor, NYUAD Executive Education

September 14, 2023

Workshop 4: Adapting Your Presentation to Different Mediums | 2-4pm
This workshop will address how the venue or occasion of the speech and media you are working with impacts your message, and how to leverage the situation to your advantage as a speaker. We will also discuss visual aids, how to use them to supplement your delivery, and what to do and what not to do in slide design.

Hosted by Dr. Alia Soliman, Lecturer, NYUAD Visual and Cultural Studies

September 25, 2023

GradSlam 1:1 Sessions for finalists | 10am-1pm
A chance for our GradSlam Finalists to meet with our coaches for a 1:1 session to refine their three-minute presentation. Finalists will be able to book a 30-minute session.

September 27, 2023

Workshop 5: Loosening Up and In Person Rehearsals for Finalists | 2-5pm
Finalists of GradSlam 2023 will learn about speech anxiety and stage fright and practice skills to overcome them alongside having the chance to rehearse your actual presentation and get feedback before the final competition.

Hosted by Robert Deguzman, Instructor of Production Management, NYUAD