Valencia Joyner Koomson among the judges for the Black Alumni/ae of MIT Research Slam

Valencia Joyner Koomson among the judges for the Black Alumni/ae of MIT Research Slam

25 March 2021 | 3-5pm | Virtual

The Black Alumni/ae of MIT (BAMIT) will host a Research Slam on March 25, an online-only event celebrating alumni researchers.

Black alums in research roles at MIT, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, and Vanderbilt will compete for $2,000 in prizes for best communicating their research to a panel of accomplished journalists and editors in a fast-paced virtual pitch competition.

Attendees can join the fun, too, interacting with and learning from both aspiring and established researchers working on some of the world's grand challenges. And live polling will contribute to an audience-choice award to complement the judges' communications awards. 

Audience participation is open to the entire MIT community. Register now to:

  • Learn about new areas of research
  • Network and chat with fellow alumni
  • Polish your communication skills


Aden Allen '02, Sr. Associate, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Valencia Joyner Koomson '98, MNG '99, Associate Professor, Tufts University

Kendra Pierre-Louis SM '16, Sr. Reporter, Gimlet Media

MC: Holly M. Carter PhD ‘77, BAMIT President  

Event Timeline

3:00 p.m. Welcome and introductions
3:15 p.m. Pitches begin
4:30 p.m. Pitches end, judges deliberate and name winners
5:00 p.m. Event ends


  • 1st Place: $1,000 cash
  • 2nd Place: $500 cash
  • 3rd Place: $250 cash

All competitors will receive publicity and feedback on their presentation style!

Interested in competing? Email the organizers a short summary of your current research and affiliation. Eligible competitors must be current Black MIT students or Black MIT alums (of any discipline) who are doing research. This may include UROP, postdocs, research scientists, independent researchers or non-tenured faculty members at accredited colleges, universities, or NGOs/nonprofits around the world. 

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