What is GRADtalks?

GRADtalks is a series of research talks featuring two University of Waterloo doctoral students, speaking about a common theme from their research perspectives.  A typical GRADtalks event is organized as such:

3:30-3:45 p.m. - introduction and welcoming remarks

3:45-4:05 p.m. - first speaker (often includes PowerPoint presentation)

4:05-4:25 p.m. - second speaker (often includes PowerPoint presentation)

4:25-4:45 p.m. - question and answer

4:45-5:30 p.m. - wine and cheese

Why participate?

GRADtalks provides a meaningful and collaborative setting for Waterloo graduate students to highlight their remarkable research.  Speakers are also awarded a GRADtalks Research Dissemination Award, valued at $500.

Apply now to be a GRADtalks speaker (webform).

GRADtalks 2018 

  • GRADtalks: Ethical Living in a Modern World
    • Thursday, November 29

      We are currently facing a number of social, political, environmental, and health challenges. How do advances addressing these areas (in research or technology) affect the way we live and work? How and when should ethical implications be considered while navigating these challenges? 

  • GRADtalks: Gamification
    • Thursday, April 12, 4:00 pm                                         
      • Rina R. Wehbe, PhD Candidate, Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics
      • Marcela Bomfin, PhD Candidate, Public Health and Health Systems, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
  • GRADtalks: Drinking Water
    • Thursday, June 7, 4:00 pm
      • Frederick Cheng, PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
      • Simone Philpot, PhD Candidate, Geography (Water), Faculty of Environment

  • GRADtalks: Social Networks
    • Thursday, September 27, 3:30 pm
      • Eve Deshane, PhD Candidate, English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts

      • Robert Gauthier, PhD Candidate, Public Health and Health System, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences 

GRADtalks: past events


  • Beyond 60: Tipping Points in Complex Systems
    • Thursday, November 16, 4:00 pm
      • Thomas Bury, PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics
      • Yonatan Strauch, PhD Candidate in Social and Ecological Sustainability, Faculty of Environment
  • Beyond 60: Health, Aging and Well-being
    • Thursday, September 28, 4:00 pm
      • Kaylen Pfisterer, PhD Candidate in Systems Design Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
      • Samantha Biglieri, PhD Candidate in Planning, Faculty of Environment
  • Beyond 60: The Promises and Realities of Artificial Intelligence
    • Tuesday, May 30, 4:00 pm
      • Audrey Chung, PhD Candidate in Systems Design Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
      • Justin Carpenter, PhD Candidate in English, Faculty of Arts   
  • Measuring Climate Change: Science or Politics?
    • Thursday, March 30, 4:30 pm
      • Marisa Beck, PhD Candidate in Global Governance, Faculty of Environment
      • Casey Remmer, PhD Candidate in Biology (Water), Faculty of Science