Join us for a day of TED Talk-style presentations by Penn Arts & Sciences graduate students representing the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Professional Master’s programs as they compete for first place within their category. Participate in the event by voting for the overall Audience Choice winner. 

 

This event is open to the Penn community and the general public and is ADA Accessible. Refreshments, including vegan and vegetarian options, will be served throughout the day. 

Can't make it to the event? Watch the Penn Grad Talks on YouTube

Event Information:

Date: Friday, February 23, 2024
Time: Sessions start at 12 p.m.
Location: Widener Lecture Hall, Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104) 

Winners will be announced at 4:15 p.m. in the Widener Lecture Hall.
 

Participate by voting for the overall AUDIENCE CHOICE winner!
One $500 cash prize will be awarded to the person with the most votes across all four categories. You can only vote once per category. 

Vote Here


2024 Penn Grad Talks Schedule

12:00 p.m. ET | PROFESSIONAL MASTER'S PRESENTATIONS
 

The Balloon Theory: Not all Kinds of "Bubbles"Are Restrictive!
Dinisha Mehta, Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences

Shoring Up Against Hurricanes: Water Utility Resilience in Puerto Rico
Antonia Offen, Environmental Studies

Three Stories every Student Needs to Tell
Andrés Oliveros González, Behavioral and Decision Sciences

Using AI-Driven Coach to Enhance Well-Being among the Global Chinese Population
Lixian Xie, Organizational Dynamics

The Role of Carbon Management in Reaching United States' Climate Neutrality Goal
Hang Zhao, Environmental Studies

1:00 p.m. ET | HUMANITIES
 

Recovering Pioneers: The Overlooked Feminist Thought Leaders of India’s Satyashodhak Samaj
Maithili Appalwar, International Studies, The Lauder Institute

“What Is a Church Built For?”: Gothic Architecture as British Imperialism in Eastern Nigeria
Mathias Isiani, Africana Studies

Islamic Legal Practices under Calicut's Non-Islamic Rule
Ameen Perumannil Sidhick, South Asia Studies

Wound Righting through Communicative Re-Kinning & Imagination : Kinship as Intrinsic to Wellness, and the Role of Imagination in Efforts of Healing the “Hermeneutic Illness” wrought by Colonial Rupture
Gwendalynn Roebke, Philosophy

All My Friends Are Dead: Time, Emotion, and Form in Early Islamic Poetry 
Rawad Wehbe, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

2:00 p.m. ET | NATURAL SCIENCES PRESENTATIONS


Take on Water Crisis, and Nano-filtration from Molecular Perspective
Ranadeb Ball, Chemistry

Doing Physics with Doodles
Steven Gassner, Physics and Astronomy

Planet X: Can Gravity Solve a Mystery of the Deep Solar System?
Daniel Gomes, Physics and Astronomy

Harnessing Nature’s Machinery: How We Can Use Microbes to Make Therapeutics
Sabina Maurer, Chemistry

Pain in the Brain
Jessica Wojick, Biology

3:00 p.m. ET | SOCIAL SCIENCES PRESENTATIONS


Rural Rupees to Cashless Clicks: Microfinance's High-Tech Tale
Ian Anderson, International Studies, The Lauder Institute

Losing the Forest for the Seas: How Maritime Construction Changed the Landscape of Colonial North America
Chelsea Cohen, Anthropology

A Moral Dilemma of “Selling Out”: Race, Class, and Career Considerations among Elite College Students
Joyce Kim, Sociology

Illegal Drug Use and Government Policy: Evidence from a Darknet Marketplace
Artem Kuriksha, Economics

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: The Effect of Murals on Crime
Maya Moritz, Criminology



2023 PENN GRAD TALKS WINNERS

Professional Master's 
Edward Johnson, International Studies, The Lauder Institute
The Battle for Africa’s Sporting Heart: Can Basketball Overtake Football’s Popularity? 

Social Sciences
Amber Mackey, Political Science
Racial Policy and Agenda Instability: Measuring Legislative Attention to Race

Natural Sciences

Mark Giovinazzi , Physics and Astronomy
From Zero to Five Thousand: The Current Census of Exoplanets

Humanities

Kyle West, Ancient History
Aging Virtuously: Cicero on Old Age, Disability, and Character

Audience Choice Winner
Valerie Averia, Applied Positive Psychology
Savoring the Shared Life: Strengthening Marriages Through Collaborative Legacy Writing



2022 PENN GRAD TALKS WINNERS

Professional Master's
Yansong Li
, Environmental Studies
Witnessing Circularity: Circular Economy Lessons from Amsterdam (video)

Social Sciences
Charlotte Williams, Anthropology
Harvesting Heritage: The United Fruit Company and Corporate Labor in 20th-Century Archaeological Science (video)

Humanities
Kimberly St. Julian Varnon
, History
Black Like Us: African American Encounters With Soviet Central Asia (video)

Natural Sciences
Luella Allen-Waller
, Biology
Deadbeat Dinoflagellates: Symbiotic Cooperation Breaks Down After Coral Bleaching (video)

Audience Choice
Chad Payne
, Lauder Institute
Web 3.0: Embracing the Future of Internet Technologies on the African Continent (video)



2021 PENN GRAD TALKS WINNERS

Professional Master's 
Ashley Session, Public Administration
My Soul Is Anchored: How African American Women Have Carried Elections and the Political Movement Forward, and How We Can Take Our Power Back  (video)

Social Sciences
Sarah Carson, Anthropology
The New Girls' Club: Political Party Culture and the Women Changing the Face of Politics (video)

Humanities
Sara Purinton, Philosophy
Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): Challenges to Identity, Agency, and Belonging (video)

Natural Sciences
Lisa Yankowitz, Psychology
Goo Goo Ga Ga: Can Baby Sounds Help Improve Early Detection of Autism? (video)

Audience Choice
Sara Purinton, Philosophy
Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS): Challenges to Identity, Agency, and Belonging (video)



2020 PENN GRAD TALKS WINNERS

Group Presentations
Cameo Hazlewood and Justin Thompson, Behavioral and Decision Sciences
Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Increase Concussion Symptom Reporting Among High School Athletes (video)

Professional Master's 
Darlene Marshall, Master of Applied Positive Psychology
Building the Self So You Can Give It Away - The Upward Cycle of Self-Improvement (video)

Social Sciences
Nicole Welk-Joerger, History and Sociology of Science
It's Not Easy Eating Green (video)

Humanities
Johanna Kaiser, Classical Studies
Making Scents of Ancient Rome in the Epigrams of Martial (video)

Natural Sciences
Michael O'Shea, Earth & Environmental Science
Urban Road Dust: Investigating Philly's Street Gunk as Both Source and Sink for Pollutants (video)

Audience Choice
Darlene Marshall, Master of Applied Positive Psychology
Building the Self So You Can Give It Away - The Upward Cycle of Self-Improvement (video)



2019 PENN GRAD TALKS WINNERS

Professional Master's
Connor Joyce, Behavioral and Decision Sciences
To Fear or Not To Fear Automation: A Review of Research Covering Artificial Intelligence's Effect on Work (video)

Social Sciences 
Yun Cha, Sociology
Who Do Graduate Degree Holders Marry? How the Separation of Advanced Degrees Affects Our Understanding of Trends in Educational Homogamy (video)

Humanities
Gregory Callaghan
, Ancient History
If You Can't Walk the Walk, Then Talk the Talk: Status and International Relations in the Hellenistic World (video)

Natural Sciences
Paul Masih Das, 
Physics and Astronomy
Quantum Materials: Making Smartphones "Cool" Again (video)

Audience Choice
Lorena Levano,
Behavioral and Decision Sciences
Sexual Harassment in High Schools From a Social Norms Perspective (video)


 

2018 PENN GRAD TALKS WINNERS

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

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

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

Natural Sciences
Kieran Dunne
Mud and the Shape of Rivers (video)

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  (video)


 

2017 PENN GRAD TALKS WINNERS

Humanities
Mary Zaborkis
 Age Drag  (video)

Natural Sciences
Jonathan Johnnidis
 Stem Cells Lead the Way to More Graceful Aging (video)

Professional Master's/Other Category
Bryan Currinder
 Conserving Freshwater Systems in Bangladesh and Bhutan through Biomonitoring  (video)

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