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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!

Learn more about the 2015 speakers on our Facebook page here, view more photos from the event here, and watch the full talks on our YouTube page now!


How do I apply?

The 2016 Grad Talks applications are now closed. 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. For questions or more info, please email Be on the lookout for photos and YouTube videos of each speaker coming out soon. 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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Sheila Cavanaugh
2015 Grad Talks speaker Sheila Cavanaugh tells a powerful story to the audience.
Lauren Schaal
2015 Grad Talks speaker Lauren Schaal speaks on "Trial of Tears: Legal Loopholes that Perpetuate Rape on Reservations"

Andrew Haile
2015 Grad Talks winner Andrew Haile of the Law School, shares his talk: "Why I'm the Only White Guy on my Dorchester Street"