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NEDtalks is a bi-annual research forum hosted by the Ned McWherter Library where UofM faculty, instructors, and students share recent research in engaging & entertaining short-form presentations in the TEDtalks style. One event of the year is dedicated to UofM faculty & instructors. The second event, NEDxStudents, is dedicated to UofM students. The Libraries partners with the Graduate School and Helen Hardin Honors College for NEDxStudents, and a panel of judges awards the best presentation of each day a monetary prize.


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NEDxStudents │ March 13 & 14, 2024 │ 3-5PM │ McWherter 2nd Floor

Calling UofM undergraduate and graduate students of any discipline to submit for a chance to share recent research and win a cash prize!

NEDxStudents Research Forum 2024, where selected UofM students will present their research in the TEDtalks style, will be held Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14, 3-5 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Commons of Ned R. McWherter Library. Wednesday will feature graduate student presenters and Thursday will feature undergraduate student presenters. Presentations will be judged by a panel of judges and a prize of $500 (provided by the Helen Hardin Honors College and the Graduate School) will be awarded to each day's highest scoring presenter. The prize will be issued at a later date through the University. Questions? Email nedtalks@memphis.edu.

Thank you to everyone who applied to speak at NEDxStudents 2024! We are no longer taking applications. The students who are selected to present will be notified on Friday, February 16. 


Information for NEDxStudents Presenters:

  • Presentations are due by Sunday, March 10. Please email your presentation file or link to nedtalks@memphis.edu.
  • We plan to record the presentations and have them on the University Libraries YouTube channel. Please fill out a Model Release Form (giving us the right to record you) and return it to nedtalks@memphis.edu. If you do not wish to be recorded, please let us know. 
  • Presentations may be shorter than 13 minutes, but 13 minutes is the maximum time allowed to stay on schedule and to provide judges with time to score each presentation. If you would like to have Q&A, it must be included in the 13 minutes of your allotted presentation time.
  • Presentations will be judged with a rubric by a panel of judges (usually 2-3 faculty members or instructors). We will share the rubric soon. 
  • You may present on your own or with a group. However, only one $500 prize will be given each day, whether it's to an individual or a group.
  • PowerPoints and visual aids are welcome. Props are allowed. PowerPoint and PDF formats are preferred. 
  • A minimum of one slide must state your presentation's title and your name(s).
  • Presentations should be predominantly in English so that presenters can reach a wider audience and in case our judges only know English.
  • Research for the presentation does not need to be published.
  • The day of the event:
    • A NEDtalks team member will pull up your presentation and have it ready to go at your scheduled presentation time.
    • The setup will be a laptop on a podium (with a microphone) beside a large projector screen. A clicker and pointer will be available.
    • A laptop with a countdown timer will be in your line of sight to help keep track of time. A NEDtalks team member will also hold up 5-, 3-, and 1-minute warning cards. A bell will begin dinging if a presenter goes over time.
  • The highest-scoring presenters will be notified after the event, not on the day of, to allow time for calculating the scores.
  • The prize will be awarded through the Helen Hardin Honors College if you are an undergraduate and through the Graduate School if you are a graduate.
  • We encourage you to contact the Center for Writing and Communication (McWherter Library, 1st Floor) where you can practice your presentation and receive constructive feedback.


Past NEDtalk Videos

NEDtalks 2017 Video Collection


Past NEDtalks Event Flyers

NEDtalks: UofM Faculty & Instructors (November 1 & 2, 2023)

NEDxStudents: Undergrads & Grads (April 5 & 6, 2023)

NEDtalks: UofM Faculty & Instructors (November 9 & 10, 2022)

NEDtalks: UofM Faculty & Instructors (November 13 & 14, 2019)

NEDtalks: UofM Faculty & Instructors (April 17 & 18, 2019)

NEDxStudents: Undergrads & Grads (November 7 & 8, 2018)

NEDtalks: Social Justice (February 21 & 22, 2018)

NEDxStudents: Undergrads & Grads (November 8 & 9, 2017)

NEDtalks: UofM Faculty & Instructors (April 19 & 20, 2017) - Videos of Speakers

NEDtalks: UofM Faculty & Instructors (April 19 & 20, 2017) - Event Flyer