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Inspired by TED Talks and sponsored by the Office of Graduate Student Life and the GSA, this colloquium features up to eight graduate students from any discipline at BC. Selected speakers present a talk between seven and ten minutes in length on a particular topic about which they are passionate, whether it be academic research, an experience abroad, a lesson learned through a life event, or anything else! The winning presenter, as selected by a panel of University judges, will receive a $500 honorarium!  For questions or more info, please email

View photos from Grad Talks 2016 here, and watch the winning talk, "Sync: From Fireflies to the Human Brain," by Bolun Chen on our YouTube page now!


How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017 Grad Talks event will open in February, 2017.


When is the event?

The 4th annual Grad Talks 2016 took place on April 22nd, 2016 at 4pm in the O'Neill Library 3rd Floor (Main Floor) Reading Room. Congratulations to our wonderful speakers and to Bolun Chen for his winning talk- "Sync: From Fireflies to the Human Brain."


Our 2016 Speakers and Talks:

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Bolun Chen
2016 Grad Talks winner Bolun Chen, a Ph.D. student in physics, shares his talk: "Sync: From Fireflies to the Human Brain."
Danielle Heitmann
2016 Grad Talks speaker Danielle Heitmann speaks on "Reframing Mental Illness: A Catholic Supplement to the DSM-V"
Erlinda Delacruz
2016 Grad Talks speaker Erlinda Delacruz speaks on "What's Your Shade: How Makeup Perpetuates Colorism"
Marcel Uwineza
2016 Grad Talks speaker Marcel Uwineza speaks on "Turn Your Test into a Living Testimony: Lessons Learned from the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda"