Student Research Days Slam

You’re invited to participate in UNL’s third annual Student Research Days Slam, coming to the Wick Alumni Center on March 28, 2024.

The Student Research Days Slam is a campus-wide contest in which graduate, undergraduate students and post-docs from ALL DISCIPLINES are challenged to communicate their work in short, dynamic, engaging presentations, with a winner to be decided by the audience. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the Slam competition will follow noon–1 p.m.

Are you a undergraduate, graduate student or post-doc engaged in research or creative activity in any field? Apply to present at the Slam. Share your work with your peers in a fun and supportive environment, and add a little bling to your C.V. Speaking of bling: The winner will receive a $500 prize, and the other finalists will each receive $100!

Are you interested in learning more about UNL student research in a fun, informal setting with free food? Reserve 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 Slammer. There is no registration deadline, but space is limited!

Read about last year’s Slam.


Presenter applications will be accepted through March 6.

Finalists will be announced March 8.

Winner will be decided at the Student Research Days Slam on March 28.

Application Process

Students interested in presenting at the Student Research Days Slam will submit a 90-second video application via Flip. The Flip app can be downloaded free from both the App Store and Google Play, or you can submit your video at with a Google, Apple or Microsoft login.

From these video applications, the selection committee will choose five finalists to present at the Slam on March 28, where each finalist will give a five-minute presentation responding to this year’s prompt:

Imagine your 11-year-old self shadowing you during your research or creative activity. What would 11-year-old you think is the coolest or most surprising part of the work you do today?


Undergraduate, graduate students and post-docs from all disciplines. Previous student slam participants may apply. Previous student slam winners are not eligible to apply. Please note, some scholarships/fellowships may restrict receiving prizes.

Resources for Applicants

While the content and style of your Slam presentation are entirely up to you, we encourage you to make your presentation as interesting, engaging and as meaningful as possible to those outside your discipline. The selection committee is interested not only in the content of your story, but also in your ability to engage the viewer with your creativity and narrative skills.

A few resources to help you develop a compelling Slam idea: