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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—all while having a drink and some food? Then join us for GradTerp Exchange!

Modeled on events such “nerd nites,” TED talks, or ignite talks, the 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.  

Each event will feature 3-4 speakers and plenty of time for conversation, food, and drink.

Interested in offering a talk?  All current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to  fill out the presenter form.  Please contact Linda Macri ( with any questions.  For Spring 2020, we are also offering a series of GradTerp Exchange Workshops for students interested in preparing a talk about their research for a broader audience, at GradTerp Exchange or another venue!  Workshops will be held January 24, February 12, and March 24; to register, click here.

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.  Please see the registration link for specific dates below. Registration fills up quickly!

The April GradTerp Exchanges will take place at The Hall College Park, 4656 Hotel Dr., College Park, MD, from 5-7pm (doors open at 5, talks begin at 5:30pm). Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.  Attendees are encouraged to purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the cash bar. 


Spring 2020 Dates

This semester, each GradTerp Exchange will have a broad theme, providing a way for speakers and audience members to explore interdisciplinary connections. But themes are meant to open conversation, not limit topics!  Themes should be stetched, extended, questioned!

February 5:  DO YOU REMEMBER?  Does your research have to do with memory and cognition, with understanding history or historical approaches, with something old or building on something old to create something new?  

Register to attend GradTerp Exchange on Feb. 5

March 3: VOICES AND ACTIONS Does your research relate to people talking out, being heard, demanding rights, taking action?  With voices and sound, action or locomotion?  With choices we make, things we do? With performance of just about anything? 

Register to attend GradTerp Exchange on March 3

April 15:  IT'S TAXING!  Just in time for the tax deadline. . . Does your research have to do with funding (whose doesn't?!), resources, economies of anything, finances, currency, markets, costs, benefits, etc.? Or with things that are demanding, physically or mentally, or challenging in some other way? 

Register to attend GradTerp Exchange on April 15

May 5:  IT'S A WIDE, WIDE WORLD Is your research international in scope?  Does it deal with the diversity of people, places, systems, habitats, environments?  Or is it out of this world, in the cosmos? 


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