Interdisciplinary Initiatives

The Graduate School sponsors the following programming events and initiatives to promote interactions among graduate students and campus community members in different disciplines.

GRAD Talks

GRAD Talks are short presentations that occur in an informal conversational setting and allow graduate students to present their research to the broader university community, or they might be presentations on professional development and other topics of interest. The Graduate School and the Kathryn A. Martin Library co-sponsor these events to foster interactions among faculty and grad students in disparate disciplines that could grow into meaningful new transdisciplinary collaborations. These events are held bi-weekly on Mondays in the Library Rotunda. Watch your email for announcements.

Fall 2022

  • Contact the Grad Office at [email protected] if you would like to present a GRAD Talk. Students who received conference travel support funding from the Grad Office are especially encouraged to present. 

3MT at UMD

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to communicate the significance of their independent projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and enhances the capacity of research students to explain their work to a non-specialist audience and to leave their audience wanting to know more.

The 2023 systemwide contest will take place on Friday, November 10, 2023 in the Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus. The UMD campus-wide competition will take place in October. Watch your email for announcements.

The 2022 systemwide contest took place on Friday, November 11, 2022 on the Twin Cities campus. Watch the presentation of UMD winner, Vishruthi Manickavasagan.

If you're interested in learning more about any of these initiatives, please contact the UMD Graduate School Office at [email protected] for more information.