Grad Ben Talks

Grad Ben Talks is an afternoon of TED Talk-style presentations by Penn Arts and Sciences graduate students representing the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional master’s programs.

Judges select winners in each of the four categories for a $500 cash prize. There will also be a $500 prize for the overall Audience Choice Winner selected by online votes.

The event is open to the Penn community and the general public. And there’s plenty of delicious food throughout the day!

2018 Event Information:

Friday, February 23, 2018
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Irvine Auditorium, Café 58
3401 Spruce Street

Interested in joining the competition?

If you are a currently enrolled student in any of the Penn Arts and Sciences' graduate groups, or professional master's programs, please fill out the 2018 Grad Ben Talks Entry Form below no later than close of business on Friday, January 26, 2018.


Up to five students will be selected in each category to deliver their talks at the live event. Selected students will be notified on Wednesday, February 7.
2017 Grad Ben Talks Winners

Mary Zaborkis, "Age Drag"

Natural Sciences
Jonathan Johnnidis, "Stem Cells Lead the Way to More Graceful Aging"

Professional Master's/Other Category
Bryan Currinder, "Conserving Freshwater Systems in Bangladesh and Bhutan through Biomonitoring"

Social Sciences and Audience Choice Award
Haley Pilgrim, "Accidentally Passing: The Identity Choices of Phenotypically White-Black Multiracials"