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GradTerp Exchange

GradTerp Exchange is a monthly event in which UMD graduate students and postdocs share their research to general audiences in an informal, conversational setting.

Where Fearless Ideas Drop the Mic

Looking for the chance to hear more about the research your amazing GradTerp colleagues across campus are doing? Then join us for GradTerp Exchange!

Modeled on events such as “nerd nites,” TED talks, or ignite talks, GradTerp Exchange offers graduate students a unique and important opportunity to develop professional communication skills, share their scholarship, and engage in conversations with an interested and engaged audience in a more relaxed atmosphere.  

For AY 2021-2022, GradTerp Exchange is trying a hybrid approach -- join us live, in person, or via live stream!  From campus or the comfort of your own computer, join us to participate in some conversation and camaraderie with other grad students and postdocs. 

Interested in offering a talk?  We invite anyone across campus, faculty, staff, current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to nominate themselves or a colleague to give a GradTerp Exchange talk. Please complete this nomination form (  Please contact Linda Macri ( with any questions.  We are also offering GradTerp Exchange Workshops for students interested in preparing a talk about their research for a broader audience, at GradTerp Exchange or another venue! The workshops will be held October 6, 4-5pm (virtutally) and November 2, 4-5pm (hybrid); click on the date to register.   

Interested in attending GradTerp Exchange?  You don’t have to be a graduate student to attend, but we do ask that all attendees register in advance.  Click here to register to attend.  


Fall 2021 GradTerp Exchange!

September 28, 5-7pm, Iribe Center (Cantilever & lobby space) or online 

In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, speakers at our inaugural hybrid event will all be connected with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center 

Nancy Vera, doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, "Afro-Mexican Rituals of Homemaking & Orality on the US/Mexican Border"

Victor Hernandez-Sang, doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology, "Haitian-Dominican Gagá Music, Racial Discrimination, and Political Organizing in the Dominican Republic"

Dr. Keisha Allan, postdoctoral scholar, "Alternative Worlds of Female Desire:  Women Reimagining the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Fiction"


October 21, 5-7pm

November 18, 5-7pm


Want to know more about what GradTerp Exchange is all about? Check out this video of Shilpa Reddy giving her talk in October 2018.




Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742