Berkeley Lab

Register for Lab Research SLAM by June 19

About the SLAM
The SLAM is modeled after 3 Minute Thesis and Grad Slam. The SLAM is a competition where contestants are challenged to present a compelling three minute presentation of their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed one PowerPoint slide, but no other resources or props.

The SLAM live event:
The SLAM live event will be Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the Building 50 Auditorium, with winners announced on the Cafeteria patio at 5:00pm. The slam will be live-streamed, but only those in attendance or at a designated offsite watch party can participate in the People’s Choice voting. There will be reception to follow on our Berkeley Lab Cafeteria Patio.

Who is Eligible to Participate?
Any current Berkeley Lab employee who will be in an active appointment through October 2020 and has received their PhD between January 2013- December 2019.

Why Should You Participate?

  • This is a great accomplishment and skill to add to your CV
  • This will prepare you with a strong elevator pitch you can make on the spot and use in future job interviews or job talks
  • Those who participate in the video submission will be given first opportunity to sign up for a half-day workshop with Dr. Jean-luc Doumont, which takes place in August 27th
  • Finalists will work with Jean Luc Doumont both in the August 27th workshop and be provided the unique opportunity to work on their final presentation 1 on 1 with Dr. Jean-luc Doumont on August 31st.
  • Finalists will receive a professionally cut video of their live presentation to be used as they please as well as professional head-shots
  • Finally, there will be a monetary award given to the First Prize winner , Second Prize winner and a “People’s Choice” award (voted on by the live audience). Awards will be paid through payroll and are subject to taxes.
  • The awards are as follows:
    • First prize- $3,000
    • Second prize- $1,500
    • People’s choice- $750

How to Enter?

Please submit your questions to the Career Pathways Office at