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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.  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.

GRADtalks 2018 

  • GRADtalks: Social Networks - apply now to be a speaker
    • Thursday, September 27, 3:30 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

      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: 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 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