The Slam showcases and awards the best elevator pitch by MRSEC Junior Research Fellows, including materials researchers at UCI, partner, and neighboring institutions. As exemplified by the UC system’s annual Grad Slam, a slam enables presenters to share research accomplishments with the general public and increase their communication skills, preparing them to be scientific leaders and communicate the significance of their work. The MRSEC Materials Innovation Slam will take place in Winter Quarter at the UCI Applied Innovation “Cove” and include our MRSEC industrial partners as judges. Three winners will receive a prize and honorary mention and repeat their presentation as “invited speakers” at the MRSEC Annual Symposium. Edited videos will be posted on the UCI MRSEC website and linked via social media to further disseminate the UCI MRSEC science.