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

Meet the GradSlam 2023 Winnners

Grand Prize

Kamil Elkhoury
Postdoctoral Associate in  Engineering

Lab-grown Organs: Engineering Life and Hope

Runner Up

Yousra Ajouaou
Postdoctoral Associate in Biology

Unraveling the Secrets of Healthy Aging

People's Choice Award

Devjoy Dev
PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering

A Gut Feeling: Improving Astronaut Sleep With an Electric Pill


Wegood Awad, PhD Candidate in Chemistry | Crystals, ones that ACTUALLY heal

Fayrouz Abou Ibrahim, PhD Candidate in Chemistry | Why temperature and humidity sensing really matters?

Yousra Ajouaou, Postdoc in Biology | Unraveling the secrets of healthy aging

Konpal Ali, Postdoc in Electrical and Computer Engineering | Meowing our way into 6G

Devjoy Dev, PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering | A gut feeling: Improving astronaut sleep with an electric pill

Kamil Elkhoury, Postdoc in Engineering | Lab-grown organs: Engineering life and hope

Mai El Sawy, Postdoc in Physics | Particle physics searches to unveil the secrets of the early universe

Nadine Hosny El Said, Postdoc in Biology | Switching our bad genes off

Shaza Karaman, PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering | The dark knight within you: Lymph node on chip

Wael Said Abdrabou, Postdoc in Biology | The curious life of malaria parasite: All want to age gracefully!

Mohammed Tahri-Sqalli, Postdoc in Electrical and Computer Engineering | From pixels to pulses: The answer is in the doctor’s eyes

Meet the Judges

Aisha Al Naqbi, PhD

Senior Advisor and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Student Persistence and Accessibility; 
Liaison for The Moses Center for Student 
Accessibility in Abu Dhabi

Gregory Pardlo

Visiting Associate Professor of Practice in Literature and Creative Writing, NYUAD

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.

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

Participant Workshops

August 23, 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 23, 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 30, 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 13, 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 24, 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 26, 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