Science Slam

We invite you to participate in UNL’s second annual SCIENCE SLAM on April 10, 2017, Noon - 1:30pm, in the Colonial Room at the Nebraska Union!

In this campus-wide contest, graduate and undergraduate researchers from ALL SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES are challenged to communicate their work in short, dynamic, and engaging presentations, with a winner to be decided by the audience. Relive the glory of our 2016 Science Slam here!

Are you a graduate student, undergraduate researcher, or postdoc in any science department, including mathematics, engineering, or the social sciences? APPLY TO BE A PRESENTER! Share your work with your peers in a fun and supportive environment, and add a little bling to your c.v. Speaking of bling: If you are selected as a finalist, you’ll win a $50 prize, and the winner will win an additional $250!

Are you a member of the UNL community interested in learning more about science in a fun, informal setting with free food? REGISTER FOR A SEAT IN THE AUDIENCE! Cheer the slammers on, and then it’s up to you to decide who gave the most compelling presentation and deserves to be crowned Supreme Science Slammer. There is no registration deadline, but space is limited, so sign up now! Oh, and there is a sumptuous lunch buffet waiting for you!

If you’re still not convinced, check out these amazing performances by last year’s Slam finalists!

Application Process

Students interested in presenting at the 2017 Science Slam will submit a 90-second video application. Based on these applications, the selection committee will choose 4-5 finalists. At the April 10 event, each finalist will give an 8- to 10-minute presentation discussing their biggest research mistake and what they learned from it, and the audience will vote to determine the winning Slammer. Click here for detailed instructions on how to submit your video application, and here for tips on how to make your presentation interesting, engaging, and meaningful for a diverse audience. 


Science Slam committee:

Jocelyn Bosley, UNL MRSEC Assistant Director for Education and Outreach 
Rebecca Lai, UNL MRSEC Education/Outreach Director and Chemistry Prof
Ramesh Laungani, Doane University Biology Prof




  • Presenter applications will be accepted through Monday, March 27
  • Finalist presenters will be announced Friday, March 31
  • Winner will be decided at the Science Slam on Monday, April 10


Sign Up Now!