2024 Penn Grad Talks

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

Spring/Summer 2024
Five people standing in a row, shoulder to shoulder, outside the Penn Museum.

On February 23, some of Penn Arts & Sciences’ top graduate students shared their insights with a packed house (and online audience) at the 2024 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 gave TED Talk-style presentations 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.


Andrés Oliveros González, Behavioral and Decision Sciences
“Three Stories Every Student Needs to Tell”
Winner: Professional Masters

Rawad Wehbe, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
“Structures of Feeling at the Threshold of Islam: The Mukhadram in Arabic Poetry”
Winner: Humanities


Jessica Wojick, Biology
“Pain in the Brain”
Winner: Natural Sciences


Maya Moritz, Criminology
“A Picture Worth A Thousand Words: The Effect of Murals on Crime”
Winner: Social Sciences


Daniel Gomes, Physics and Astronomy
“Planet X: Can gravity solve a mystery of the deep solar system?”
Winner: Audience Choice 

Visit our Vimeo gallery to watch all of the 2024 Penn Grad Talks presentations.