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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.

Check out this video to see what a hybrid GradTerp Exchange is like!

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. If you have any questions, check out our FAQ page. You can also email

Spring 2022 GradTerp Exchange!

January 20, 5-7pm, online only
Click here to register to attend!

This month, we’ll hear from graduate students in the interdisciplinary Global STEWARDS program about a range of research at the nexus of energy, food systems, and water reuse. 

"Expanding Compost Usage on Maryland State Highways through Interdisciplinary Research," presented by Jennifer Morash, doctoral student in Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, and Sai Thejaswini Pamuru, doctoral student in Civil & Environmental Engineering.

"Bridging the Environment and Neurodevelopment for Children's Health," presented by Natalie Crnosija, doctoral student in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, and Josh Medrano, doctoral student in Human Development.

"Land, Laborers, and Legacy," presented by Brittney Drakeford, doctoral student in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.




GradTerp Exchange Video Archive

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