Submit Your Intent to participate by June 28. The live event will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2024

Important Dates:


Any current employee who will be in an active appointment through October 2024 and has received their PhD between January 2017 - December 2023.

How to Enter

Participants will submit their intent to enter the contest, no later than 11:59pm on June 28, 2024. To declare to enter, they will complete a short online google form. By July 2, 2024, all eligible participants will be notified of their confirmed eligibility and given instructions on how to submit the video for the competition. All video submissions must be received by 5:00 PM July 22, 2024 to be considered. If chosen as a finalist, the contestant will give a live presentation of their research on the final competition date, September 19, 2024 in order to be eligible to win the competition.

Video Submissions

The specific link for video submissions will be sent to participants that met the intent to submit deadline and received confirmation of their eligibility. The file format must be supported by google form. Videos will be judged for content and not video quality.

Rules for Final Live Presentations

All winners (First prize, Second prize, Third prize, and the People's Choice award) be decided at the live event.

Only ONE, single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted (for a virtual event, this will translate to a Zoom background). Your slide does not need to have your name on it; Berkeley Lab will create a slide that includes the finalist's name, division, and title of the presentation. Ideally, your slide will enhance your presentation, but the slide is not the focus of the contest. 


There are two sets of judges: screening judges and final judges. The screening judges will review the video entries submitted by the deadline and choose the 10-12 finalists. The final judges will review the live presentations at the Slam live event and will choose the winner and runner-up from among the finalists. The judges' choices are final and binding.

The winner of the people's choice award will be determined by a voting form only to members of the audience at live or virtual event. Each attendee will be allowed to vote only once. In the event that the "people's choice" award winner is the same as the winner or runner-up in the contest, that individual will receive both prizes. In the event any of the final judges are not able to be present at the September  event, the remaining judges will decide on the winner and runner-up. In the event of a tie, the chair of the judges will make the final decision. Berkeley Lab reserves the right to replace any judge who has to withdraw from judging the award with another qualified individual.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension and Content

Engagement and Communication

The judges may also consider the following factors...

Videotaping of Live Event

The 2021 Slam live event will be photographed as well as videotaped. By entering the contest, you agree to allow Berkeley Lab to use the resulting photographs and/or video, which may include your image or presentation, in publicity surrounding the contest and/or in other contexts, such as websites, promotional materials, etc. (The initial video entries will not be shared with anyone except the screening judges without your express, written permission). Berkeley Lab reserves the right to cancel this contest if fewer than 20 entries are received.