As part of the University of Nebraska's response to COVID-19, the April 7 Science Slam is CANCELED. We will release additional details if and when the event is rescheduled.

2020 Science Slam web banner

View the prompt for this year's Science Slam here!

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 2019, 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!

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 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