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
Sessions start at 12:30 p.m.
Irvine Auditorium, Amado Recital Hall
3401 Spruce Street

2018 Grad Ben Talks Winners

Professional Master's 
Patrick Osei, Master of Applied Geosciences
Groundwater Contamination on Obuasi, Ghana

Social Sciences 
Rebecca Umbach, Criminology
Aggression and Sleep: A Daylight Saving Time Quasi-Experiment

Humanities
Kendra Grimmett, History of Art
Looking at Art with Your Body in Mind

Natural Sciences
Kieran Dunne
Mud and the Shape of Rivers

Audience Choice
Garrett Meccariello and Tobias Nasgarde, Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences
The Marketer's Antagonist: Leveraging Behavioral Science to Reduce Unnecessary Spending Behavior in Cashless Environments

2017 Grad Ben Talks Winners

Humanities
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"