Scholars Share: Conversations on Graduate Student Research (formerly Books & Bagels) is a one-hour program, with lunch, hosted by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Graduate College. The program started in 2012 and since has hosted well over 100 Drexel speakers including graduate students, alumni and undergraduate students researching from across all of Drexel’s colleges and schools.
The program features 2-3 graduate students who present a brief 15-20 minute overview of their research project(s) and talk about their graduate experiences in an interdisciplinary context, touching on the challenges, benefits, successes, and implications of their work. The presentations are then followed by audience Q&A and discussion led by a faculty moderator. The format of the presentations are entirely up to the speaker. We have had PowerPoint presentations, Prezi’s, short videos, case studies, discussion groups, demonstrations and more. In addition to the audience of the Drexel community, there is a live-stream for online students or for those unable to join in-person.
Scholars Share is not an academic conference or meeting. Presentations should not include technical jargon or too many numbers and graphs, although some may be necessary. Presentations are meant to be a more personal and general overview of your research and experiences at Drexel or elsewhere that you may have travelled. Presentation materials should be understood by a wide variety of audiences, not just those in your field. Think about why your research is relevant and important to the general public. Presentation time is very short so that there is time at the end of the program for questions and discussion within the lunch-time period.
The goals of the Scholars Share programs are for attendees to hear about what graduate students across the University are accomplishing; to challenge speakers and attendees to think about problem solving and research in new ways; and to spark conversation and collaboration among peers across different disciplines.