Penn Grad Talks features TED Talk-style presentations by Penn Arts & Sciences graduate students representing the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Professional Master’s programs. 
 

DEADLINE EXTENDED! APPLICATIONS DUE BY MONDAY, JANUARY 30 AT 9 A.M. 

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PARTICIPATE IN PENN GRAD TALKS 2023!
 

Penn Grad Talks are:

• An in-person gathering of Arts & Sciences graduate and professional master's students.
• A chance to practice describing your research to a general audience and to get feedback and a video for your portfolio.
•  An opportunity to win cash prizes!

Build your professional portfolio and get a shot at a $500 cash prize (or two)!

 

What is it?

An afternoon of 8-minute TED Talk-style presentations by Penn Arts & Sciences graduate students.

Who is eligible to enter?

Students who are enrolled in the spring of 2023, in a doctoral or master's program through the School of Arts & Sciences Graduate Division, or in a master's program in the School of Arts & Sciences College of Liberal and Professional Studies.  

Why would I do this?

• Practice describing your work to general audiences
• Get an edited recording of your talk and feedback from our judges
• Did we mention there are cash prizes?

When and Where?

Friday, February 24, 2023
Widener Lecture Hall, Penn Museum

How do I enter?

Submit an abstract of no more that 200 words describing your proposed topic by Monday, January 30 at 9 a.m. 

We will select up to five finalists in each of four categories: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Professional Masters. Finalists will be notified on February 6. All applicants will need to indicate that they agree for their talks to be posted online.



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)

 

PAST GRAD BEN 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)

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)

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)

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)

Humanities 
Mary Zaborskis, English
Age Drag  (video)

Social Sciences 
Haley Pilgrim, Sociology
Accidentally Passing: The Identity Choices of Phenotypically White Black-White Multiracials   (video)

Natural Sciences 
Jonathan Johnnidis, Biology
Stem Cells Lead the Way Toward More Graceful Aging   (video)

Professional Master’s/Other 
Bryan Currinder, Master of Environmental Studies
Conserving Freshwater Systems in Bangladesh and Bhutan through Biomonitoring   (video)

Audience Choice
Haley Pilgrim, Sociology
Accidentally Passing: The Identity Choices of Phenotypically White Black-White Multiracials   (video)