2023 Penn Grad Talks

Penn Grad Talks features TED Talk-style presentations by Penn Arts & Sciences graduate students on a wide range of topics.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

On February 24, some of Penn Arts & Sciences’ top graduate students shared their insights with a packed house (and online audience) at the 2023 Penn Grad Talks. The day-long program featured students from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the School’s professional masters’ programs, who each presented TED-style talks on their research, vying to win prizes of $500. Check out the winners here, and visit our Vimeo gallery to see all of the contestants’ presentations.

Edward Johnson, International Studies, The Lauder Institute

“The Battle for Africa’s Sporting Heart: Can Basketball Overtake Football's Popularity?”
Winner: Professional Masters

Amber Mackey, Political Science

“Racial Policy and Agenda Instability: Measuring Legislative Attention to Race”
Winner: Social Sciences

Mark Giovinazzi, Physics and Astronomy

“From Zero to Five Thousand: The Current Census of Exoplanets”
Winner: Natural Sciences

Kyle West, Ancient History

“Aging Virtuously: Cicero on Old Age, Disability, and Character”
Winner: Humanities

Valerie Averia, Applied Positive Psychology

“Savoring the Shared Life: Strengthening Marriages Through Collaborative Legacy Writing”
Winner: Audience Choice

Visit our Vimeo gallery to watch all of the 2023 Penn Grad Talks presentations.