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Research Matters! Celebrating New Ideas and Discoveries

Students and Alumni Tell Stories at 250th Event

Graduate students and alumni will tell “why my research matters” at this Graduate School symposium. Research Matters! is part of Brown’s 250th Anniversary Fall Celebration on Saturday, September 27.  

The brief talks will showcase excellent student scholarship and foster intellectual exchange across disciplines. Students, faculty, alumni, and community members are invited to attend.  


Know a graduate student with a compelling research story to tell? Nominate them by August 15. Or nominate yourself! Here’s the e-form. Students, faculty and staff are eligible to nominate graduate students.

We’re looking for 5-minute talks on research projects by Brown University master’s and doctoral students. The talks are for a general audience.

Consider these tips for telling a compelling story about your research.

What’s Involved

Application: Nominated students will be invited to submit a synopsis of their research ideas and a short video of themselves presenting their scholarship. The application video need not be five minutes in length. Send these materials to Vanessa Ryan by August 25.

Selection process: The selection panel, comprising faculty and graduate students, will identify semifinalists. Informal practice sessions will give each semifinalist an opportunity to present and receive feedback. The sessions are set for September 4 and September 8.

Finalists: Those selected to speak at the live event are expected to attend one of two special Sheridan Center training sessions on September 23 and 24. The polished talks cannot be less than three minutes or longer than seven minutes in length. 

Live event: Research Matters! will be taped. The talks will be featured on the Graduate School website.  

Have questions? Contact Vanessa Ryan or Beverly Larson.