Science Slam

We invite you to participate in UNL’s fourth annual SCIENCE SLAM,
April 10, 2019, in the Great Hall of the Wick Alumni Center! 

Science Slam is a campus-wide contest where graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral 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 2018, 2017, and 2016 Science Slams!

Are you a graduate or undergraduate researcher 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!

Nebraska MRSEC welcomes Liz Neeley of Story Collider as the keynote speaker and emcee for this year’s Science Slam! Liz's talk is free and open to the public.

The schedule for this year’s Science Slam is as follows:

11:30am – noon Lunch is served
noon – 1:15pm Science Slam competition
1:30pm – 2:30pm Keynote talk by Liz Neeley

Liz Neeley


  • Presenter applications will be accepted through Monday, March 4
  • Finalist presenters will be announced Monday, March 11
  • NEW for 2019! Story Collider will offer a workshop and coaching session exclusively for Science Slam finalists on Friday, March 22
  • Winner will be decided at the Science Slam on Wednesday, April 10

Liz Neeley started her career studying the color patterns of tropical fish. (It was in fact even better than her childhood dream of working in a crayon factory.) She surprised herself more than anyone when she left the research path and went into ocean conservation and policy. For the past decade, she has been helping scientists around the world tell more compelling stories about their work. She is the Executive Director of Story Collider, a nonprofit organization dedicated to true, personal stories about science shared through a weekly podcast and live shows around the world. Most recently, she helped commission and edit the 2018 series "Stories from the Front Lines" at PLOS Biology. She is a lecturer at Yale in conjunction with the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative. She is @LizNeeley and

Application Process

Students interested in presenting at Science Slams will submit a 90-second video application. Based upon these applications, the selection committee will choose 4-5 finalists. At the April 4 Science Slam, each finalist will give an 8- to 10-minute presentation responding to this year’s prompt.  Click here for detailed instructions on how to access the prompt and submit your video application.

Resources for Applicants

While the content and style of your Science Slams presentation are entirely up to you, limited only by the 8- to 10-minute time allotted, you are encouraged to make your presentation as interesting, engaging, and meaningful as possible for non-scientists as well as scientists. Click here for tips and resources to help you develop a compelling Science Slam talk!


Science Slam committee:

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