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Scholars Share: Conversations on Graduate Research


Scholars Share: Conversations on Graduate Student Research (formerly Books & Bagels) is a one-hour lunch program hosted by the Graduate Student Association (GSA) in collaboration with the Graduate College. The program started in 2012 and has since featured well over 100 speakers including Drexel graduate students, alumni and select undergraduate students from across Drexel’s colleges and schools.

Overview & Program Format

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 student 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. Attendees typically include members of the Drexel community, although everyone is welcome! There is also a live webcast of each program for the online student community and for anyone unable to join in-person. The webcast is also archived for later viewing.

Scholars Share is not an academic conference or meeting. Presentations should not include technical jargon, intricate data or discipline-specific concepts that may not be understood by someone outside of the immediate field. Presentations are meant to be a personalized and general overview of your research and experiences at Drexel or elsewhere that you may have traveled. As you prepare your presentation, whatever the format may be, think about why your research is relevant and important to the general public and on a broader scale. How does or can your research benefit from those outside of your immediate field? Presentation time is very brief to allow time for questions and discussion which means you may only be able to share a small portion of your work or experience. Keep it simple, but engaging. See "How to Engage Student in Learning Activities" for other workshops from our Coffee Hour Seminar Series workshop for some ideas on how to engage the audience.

Program Outcomes

The goals of the Scholars Share program are:

  1. To showcase Drexel graduate student research and experiences
  2. To challenge participants to think about problem solving and research in new ways
  3. To promote conversation and collaboration across disciplines

Sign Up!

To sign up to present at a future Scholars Share program, please click on the button below and complete the online form. Selection is not guaranteed by submitting a form. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate College at

Please note that all Scholars Share sessions will be hosted remotely via Zoom until further notice.

Sign Up to Present at A Future Scholars Share Program

Scholars Share Award

Each year, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) asks the graduate student body to vote for their favorite Scholars Share presentation. Here is a list of winners:


Meghan Barrett
PhD Program in Biology
College of Arts and Sciences


Sarah Gleeson
PhD Program in Materials Science and Engineering
College of Engineering


To learn more about past speakers and programs, click on past programs in the left-hand menu or visit the Books & Bagels/Scholars Share video archive on YouTube.