Titan Grad Slam 2022


We are now accepting submissions for the Titan Grad Slam 2022 event.  If you would like to chance to present your thesis or research, enter to participate in the Titan Grad Slam, being held April 21, 2022.  To enter, submit the survey below before April 11th.

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Important Dates

  • Titan Grad Slam submission deadline - April 11, 2022 5:00 PM
  • Titan Grad Slam – April 21, 2022, 3:00-4:00pm (Live virtual event)
  • CSU Grad SlamOpens in new window – May 6, virtually hosted by CSU Bakersfield

Titan Grad Slam Cash Prizes

  • $500 for first-place winners
  • $200 for second-place winners
  • $100 for third-place winners

Presentation Format - Submission Instructions

  • In order to submit, you must fill out the form below and include a link to a pre-recorded 3-minute video presentation and an abstract (100 words or fewer) describing your work.
  • Presentations have to be spoken word (no song, rap, poem, or dance) and should not exceed three minutes.
  • Students can use one static slide to accompany their presentation. You may not use any animations, movements, videos, sound, or other electronic media.
  • Your personal background may be a neutral background or a solid color.
  • No props can be used.
  • You must use original work from your thesis, dissertation, graduate project, or any other research, or creative projects. The topic can focus on the development of new ideas, methods, or products, or it may focus on the application and revision of current methods or models. Students in MFA or other creative degree programs should focus on how their creative work applies to the broader exchange of ideas and the role it plays in providing new perspective or changing attitudes.
  • You must record your presentation and provide a URL to your video to enter the Titan Grad Slam. Your video may have a passcode, but please make sure to submit the passcode with your URL. We recommend using Zoom to record your talk, since the Grad Slam events will also use Zoom. - You can submit to enter the Titan Grad Slam by COMPLETING THIS FORMOpens in new window . If you are selected to participate in the Titan Grad Slam, you will be asked to provide a picture of yourself (a professional-looking headshot) and a short biography.
  • If you have any questions about the Titan Grad Slam submission requirements, please contact gradstudiesrecept@fullerton.edu.

Titan Grad Slam Event

  • If you are selected to participate, you will present your three-minute talk in a live virtual event on April 21, 2022 from 3:00-4:30pm.
  • The timer begins when you engage the audience. If you exceed your three minutes, you will be disqualified.
  • Judges will rate each competitor with a common rubric and winners will be announced at the end of the event. In the event of a tie, a representative from Graduate Studies will break the tie.
  • The two first-place winners will move on to the live virtual CSU Grad Slam on May 6, 1:00-3:00pm.

Titan Grad Slam Judging Criteria

Comprehension and Content

  1. Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance of the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  2. Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  3. Did the presenter follow a clear and logical sequence?
  4. Was the research communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  5. Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their research? Did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and Communication

  1. Did the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  2. Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for the research? Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  3. Did the presenter capture and maintain the audience’s attention?
  4. Did the speaker have vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and demonstrate confidence?
  5. Did the slide enhance the presentation? Was the image clear, properly-sized and concise?

Tips for an Extra Slammin’ Talk

  • A web search for “Grad Slam winners” will reveal excellent examples of successful talks for your reference.
  • Keep your language simple and accessible for someone outside of your field.
  • Think of it like telling a short story with an introduction, middle, and end.
  • Write a script to guide your thinking. Practice and revise until you can give your talk without the script. When you record or present, don’t read directly from the script, since it will not feel as natural and engaging. Look and talk directly at your camera.

Titan Grad Slam Judges

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Sylvia Contreras
Sylvia Contreras graduated in 1996, from the California State University of Fullerton with a B.A. in Communications - Emphasis is Advertising Management and a Minor in Organizational Speech Communication. She previously served as the President of the Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association which represents over 300,000 Titan Alumni. She previously held the role of Vice Presidents of Programs and also been on the Vision and Visionary Selection Committee twice. Sylvia is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and currently serves as President of the Long Beach and North Orange County Alumnae Chapters. She currently holds two different advisory roles at Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State’s ZTA chapters. Sylvia is also the National Ambassador for the America Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Orange County walk, which is held annually. She really enjoys volunteering for different organizations in her spare time. She is the Senior Marketing Director for Controlled Motion Solution in Santa Ana and has been with the company since 2000. Comoso, a leader in the fluid power industry, provides solutions for motion and control technology systems and engineering services for a wide variety of commercial, mobile and industrial markets.

Headshot of Darren Jones Darren Jones
Darren Jones is the Executive Director, Strategy and Transformation for Enterprise Technology at The Walt Disney Company where he has worked for the past fourteen years.  Darren is a proud 1991 graduate of Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelors in Business Administration and he also holds a MBA in Marketing from Wayne State University in Michigan. Darren sits on a number of Boards including: Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation, Cal State Fullerton Alumni Association, Pathways of Hope and the Beechwood School Foundation. 

headshot of jennie phuong Jennie Phuong
Hello everyone! My name is Jennie Phuong. I currently work for the County of Orange doing Accounting. I earned by Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Information Systems in Spring 2013. I also earned my Master of Science in Information Technology in Spring 2017. I am still connected to CSUF through the Alumni Association where I am serving my second to last year as a Board Member. I am also part of the alumni board for the Center for Leadership, which is under the College of Business and Economics. I am a first-generation college student and the first in the family to earn a Master Degree. I am always look for ways to volunteer to give back to CSUF for helping me get where I am in life. Along with my CSUF involvements, I am currently the Chair for my work’s Mentorship Program and I am part of the Holiday Committee that plans for our Annual Holiday Luncheon. I enjoy getting involved whether it is for school or work because it is one of the many ways I get to meet and network with others. I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with fellow Titans. GO TITANS! Titans Reach Higher!