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Lightning Talks

LT website April 1

Serving as a complement to Race Talks: An Interdisciplinary Virtual Colloquium Series, Lightning Talks offers students the opportunity to bring their research interests and unique perspectives to an intersectional, campus-wide conversation about race and anti-racist advocacy. 

A lightning talk is a short, to the point, 5-minute video presentation in which speakers share their ideas or concepts. We invite Texas A&M University undergraduate and graduate students to present research, consummated projects, or ideas that show potential for future research. We welcome submissions that address topics including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and faith. 

Students can earn MaroonBase points for submitting Lightning Talks! All students who submit videos will earn 100 points per submission toward MaroonBase. Then, students can use points to enter to win up to $2,000. Each 200 points enters you in the monthly drawing where 3 students win $500 each! Prizes are funded by a donation from a former student. To get started, just download the MaroonBase app from the iOs or GooglePlay store, create your account, and check in up to 15 minutes before the event begins. For a complete list of prizes, rules, FAQ’s, and how to redeem your points for prizes, please visit the MaroonBase Student App page.

Submission Instructions

5-minute video presentations should be submitted for inclusion in Lightning Talks by April 1, 2021. Selected student presenters will be notified by April 15, 2021. 

  • Prepare a video presentation that is 5-minutes long (no less, no more!) explaining your research idea
  • Create a catchy title for your video presentation
  • Use slides and graphics to illustrate your concept (5 to 10 slides)
  • Videos should be edited and submitted in their final form
  • Individual or collaborative projects are welcome

For questions please contact Lighting Talks coordinator Nia Wilson at