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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.

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!

All GradTerp Exchanges will take place in the upstairs gallery at MilkBoy Arthouse  in College Park, MD.  Each are 4:30-6:30pm with doors opening at 4pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.  Attendees are encouraged to purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the cash bar. 


Special Summer Edition!!

July 2, 2019, 5-7pm  Register here to attend!

Join us for a special summer edition of GradTerp Exchange to keep up with what your graduate school colleagues are doing with their summer!  

Speakers for July 2

Tuesday Barnes, Sociology,  "(Black) Joy Under Surveillance: Black Girls, Emotional Resiliency and Incarceration." 

Liz Robinson, French, (Title TBA)

Jake Weissman, Behavior, Ecology, Evolution,and Systematics, "What Bacteria Do When They Get Sick."

Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  A cash bar and menu items are available for purchase. We ask that you register here if you plan on attending so we have accurate food counts. Bring your friends--the event is open to the community and not limited to Maryland students.

This event is in partnership with MilkBoy Arthouse.  Immediately following the GradTerp Exchange, we will be joining MilkBoy for trivia!  More information about their weekly trivia with District Trivia can be found here!



SPRING 2019 Dates 


February 13th: Register here to attend!

Join us for our special Valentine's Day edition! Come hear about research about hearts, sex and love--that is, heart valves, plant sex and representations of love.
Megan Kimicata, Materials Science and Engineering, "A Biohybrid Approach to Small-Diameter Vascular Grafts"
Carrie Perkins, Plant Sciences, "Sex and the Single Vall"
Brienne Adams, American Studies, "Hella Black and Hella Single: Popular Culture, Authenticity, Representation, and Fandom in HBO's Insecure"
Marina Pranda, doctoral student, Bioengineering
Yaqiong Xiao, postdoc, Psychology
Andrew Casertano, doctoral student, iSchool

Michael Scott Brick, Student Affairs, "Teaching Behind Bars: Education & Incarceration"
Rishov Goswami, Nutrition and Food Science, "Secrets Beneath the Skin: A Story of How a Calcium Channel Regulates Scleroderma"
Edward Hurme, Biological Sciences, "Where the bats fish:  GPS tracking a marine foraging bat"
Anjana Jeyaram, Bioengineering, "One cell's trash, another cell's treasure: extracellular vesicles as a mechanism for therapeutics delivery."


FALL 2018 Dates and Registration links:

September 12, 2018:  Register here.

Speakers: Nooruddin Shah, doctoral candidate, International Education Policy
Deanna Barath, doctoral candidate, Health Services Administration
Christine Hands, MFA candidate, Dance
Kelsey Gray, doctoral candidate, Bioengineering

October 4, 2018: Register here

Speakers: Rianna Murray, School of Public Health, "Investigating Private Drinking Water Wells in Maryland"

Shilpa Reddy, Department of Sociology, "Does Money Protect Women from Domestic Violence?"

Upamanyu Ray, Department of Mechanical Engineering, "Using nature-inspired materials like cellulose in high-performance structural applications"

November 14, 2018: Register here.

Stephanie Cork, Kinesiology, School of Public Health

Cara Snyder, Women's Studies, College of Arts and Humanities

Adria Schwarber, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences


Want to know more about what GradTerp Exchange is all about? Check out this video of Shilpa Reddy giving her talk in October.



This event is in partnership with The Clarice and Milkboy ArtHouse, a local crossroads for dynamic entertainment, social gathering, and creative dining in downtown College Park, MD.


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Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742