Economics Grad Slam Competition | 2021

Date and Time

Event Details

The Economics Grad Slam is a departmental competition for the best three-minute talk given by a graduate student. Students will present the central points of their project in a clear, direct, and interesting manner for a chance to win a $200, $100, or $50 Amazon Gift Card!

One Topic, Three Minutes, Three Slides!

Who: This event is open to all Economics PhD Students! We strongly suggest those going on the job market in Fall 2021 to sign up!

When: Friday, April 2nd, 3:00pm


  • 1st Place: $200 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Sign ups: Please email Mark Patterson.

Venue: The 2021 competition will take place online via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 827 9115 5720
Passcode: 944373


Please email Mark Patterson at to sign up for this event.

You must send the title of your presentation to Mark at least 2 days prior to your scheduled presentation date. If you choose to use a Powerpoint visual or pdf slides, these must also be sent to Mark at least 2 days in advance. (During the competition, Mark will have your slides, but you will have access to share your screen on Zoom. Please see "Rules and Judging" for stipuations on slide design.)

Please be online at least 15 minutes before the event begins to allow for check-in and other preparations.

Rules and Judging

Who is eligible?

All currently enrolled Economics PhD graduate students are eligible to compete in this competition! We strongly suggest those going on the job market in Fall 2021 to sign up!

How will the order of speakers be determined?

The order of speakers will be randomized.

Can I use a visual? What rules do I need to follow?

Powerpoint or pdf slides are allowed, but optional. Prezi or other presentation formats are not allowed.

Students are allowed to a maximum of 3 slides. There can be an additional title slide, but only 3 slides with presentation information.

Students can embed audio and video clips in their presentaiton, but no other animations or transitions are allowed.

All work on the slides must be original to the student and cannot be generated by a professional.

Props are allowed, but need to be cleared by the program coordinators beforehand. Props will be approved if they require minimal set-up and do not produce a mess.

How long can presentations be?

Participants will only have three minutes to speak. Timing will begin from the moment the student starts talking.

Points will be deducted from the final score as follows:

3:01-3:02 - 1 point

3:03-3:03 - 2 points

3:05-3:06 - 3 points

3:07-3:08 - 4 points

3:09-3:10 - 5 points

3:11-3:12 - 6 points

3:13-3:14 - 7 points

3:15-3:16 - 8 points

3:17-3:18 - 9 points

3:19-3:20 - 10 points

3:21-3:22 - 11 points

3:23-3:24 - 12 points

3:25-3:26 - 13 points

3:27-3:28 - 14 points

3:29-3:30 - 15 points

Speakers will be cut off at 3 minutes and 30 seconds. If a speaker is cut off, it will result in a total 15 point deduction.

How will presentations be judged?

A panel of judges will score each presentation. Do not assume the judges will be familiar with your area of work. In fact, one of the grading elements is if the speaker uses language that is appropiate to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience.

Please see the 2021 Economics Grad Slam Information pdf to view the scorecard judges will use.

How many winners will be selected?

3 speakers will be selected for this competition. Prizes are as follows:

1st place: $200 Amazon Gift Card

2nd place: $100 Amazon Gift Card

3rd place: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Need Inspiration?

Feel free to use the following resources to enhance your presentations:

We look forward to hearing your presentations!