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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.

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.

GRADtalks 2018

  • GRADtalks: Gamification  - apply now to be a speaker
    • Thursday, April 12, 4:00 pm                                            Applying game principles to non-game contexts can help us understand and motivate certain behaviours in activities where different users/agents interact.  What are the latest advances in this field, from either a theoretical or practical point of view?
  • GRADtalks: Drinking Water - apply now to be a speaker
    • Thursday, June 7, 4:00 pm

      Clean drinking water is a valuable resource for human societies and the protection of drinking water is of considerable importance to researchers and governments. How can we ensure the continued protection of drinking water in Canada and beyond our borders?

  • GRADtalks: Social Networks - apply now to be a speaker
    • Thursday, September 27, 4:00 pm

      Social networks are used to model, gain insight on, and predict important phenomena. What are the strengths and limitations of these models? How can they be used to provide solutions to concrete problems?

  • GRADtalks: Student Choice - apply now to be a speaker
    • Thursday, November 29, 4:00 pm

      Is there a topic you may be interested in learning about, or would you like to put forward a suggestion as a possible speaker? More information on GRADtalks: Student Choice is coming soon!

GRADtalks 2017 - 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