2019 Gallery

BFS students share in the YouTube videos below the most compelling findings from research they’ve conducted at Penn and join a video archive of BFS students’ memorable research that will keep growing for years to come. The creator of each year’s best BEN Talk – as selected by a faculty committee chaired by BFS Director and Professor Peter Struck  – receives a $500 award.

2019 Winner:

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Rong Xian (COL '19)

2019 Honorable Mentions:

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2019 Gallery

BEN Talks Gallery
Antonia Talks about Racial Threat Theory and police misconduct.
Antonia Alakija (COL '19)
Antonia Talks about Racial Threat Theory and police misconduct.
Abigail Talks about thermoregulatory factors in exercising working dogs.
Abigail Anmuth (EAS '19)
Abigail Talks about thermoregulatory factors in exercising working dogs.
Brigitte Talks about epigenetic regulation and corazonin expression in Harpegnathos saltator and Drosophila melanogaster.
Brigitte Baella (COL '19)
Brigitte Talks about epigenetic regulation and corazonin expression in Harpegnathos saltator and Drosophila melanogaster.
Lara Talks about Erik Satie's song
Lara Balikci (COL '19)
Lara Talks about Erik Satie's song "Vexations".
Makeda Talks about South African presidential human rights rhetoric post-Apartheid.
Makeda Barr-Brown (COL '19)
Makeda Talks about South African presidential human rights rhetoric post-Apartheid.
Gian Talks about the efficacy of the World Food Program's Emergency Food Aid Program in the aftermath of 2015's refugee crisis.
Gian Bermudez (COL '19)
Gian Talks about the efficacy of the World Food Program's Emergency Food Aid Program in the aftermath of 2015's refugee crisis.
Peter Talks about the Etruscan language.
Peter Carzis (COL '19)
Peter Talks about the Etruscan language.
Caroline Talks about obesity in Bahrain.
Caroline Casey (COL '19)
Caroline Talks about obesity in Bahrain.
Sohum Talks about a design for a new computer chip.
Sohum Daftary (EAS/WH '19)
Sohum Talks about a design for a new computer chip.
Molly Talks about a history of street trees in Philadelphia.
Molly Dorshimer (COL '19)
Molly Talks about a history of street trees in Philadelphia.
Austen Talks about financial literacy.
Austen Ebenger (WH '19)
Austen Talks about financial literacy.
Eric Talks about  the 1826 Maryland Jew Bill.
Eric Eisner (COL '19)
Eric Talks about the 1826 Maryland Jew Bill.
Emily Talks about RNs facing the opioid crisis by examining acupuncture and addiction.
Emily He (NUR '19)
Emily Talks about RNs facing the opioid crisis by examining acupuncture and addiction.
Aliya Talks about the experiences of workers in social services.
Aliya Farmanali (COL '19)
Aliya Talks about the experiences of workers in social services.
Mia Talks about molecular anthropology
Mia Fatuzzo (COL '19)
Mia Talks about molecular anthropology
Hannah Talks about medically assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in opioid addiction treatment centers.
Hannah Gay (WH '19)
Hannah Talks about medically assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in opioid addiction treatment centers.
Pablo Talks about nursing satisfaction in Chile.
Pablo Golac (COL '19)
Pablo Talks about nursing satisfaction in Chile.
Kelsey Talks about evaluating nurse staffing in hospitals after implementation of a nurse-to-patient ratio policy.
Kelsey Gross (NUR/WH '19)
Kelsey Talks about evaluating nurse staffing in hospitals after implementation of a nurse-to-patient ratio policy.
Jun Talks about the 1993 Clinton healthcare reform efforts.
Jun Guo (COL/WH '19)
Jun Talks about the 1993 Clinton healthcare reform efforts.
Alec Talks about Dante's
Alec Helm (COL '19)
Alec Talks about Dante's "Divine Comedy".
Kristy Talks about shifting cultures and identities in Asian-American protagonists' coming-of-age stories.
Kristy Hsi (Col '19)
Kristy Talks about shifting cultures and identities in Asian-American protagonists' coming-of-age stories.
Stephen Talks about the Resource Curse.
Stephen Imburgia (COL '19)
Stephen Talks about the Resource Curse.
Isabel Talks about the benefits of dance for people living with Parkinson's disease.
Isabel Li (NUR 19)
Isabel Talks about the benefits of dance for people living with Parkinson's disease.
Jakub Talks about the interaction of captivating factors and introversion levels for freshmen.
Jakub Jarmula (COL '19)
Jakub Talks about the interaction of captivating factors and introversion levels for freshmen.
Anaya Talks about epilepsy seizure prediction and classification.
Anaya Jhaveri (COL/EAS '19)
Anaya Talks about epilepsy seizure prediction and classification.
Wan Talks about the connection between firm innovation and IPO and M&A activities.
Wan Jiang (WH '19)
Wan Talks about the connection between firm innovation and IPO and M&A activities.
Savi Talks about online education and alternative credentials.
Savi Joshi (WH '19)
Savi Talks about online education and alternative credentials.
Suganth Talks about assessing the need for STEM certifications in developing countries.
Suganth Kannan (WH '19)
Suganth Talks about assessing the need for STEM certifications in developing countries.
Noah Talks about cyclical poverty and income dynamics in the Appalachian region.
Noah Katcher (COL/WH '19)
Noah Talks about cyclical poverty and income dynamics in the Appalachian region.
James Talks about creating virtual models of hammocks from the Pre-Columbian Amazon.
James Kelemen (COL '19)
James Talks about creating virtual models of hammocks from the Pre-Columbian Amazon.
Janie Talks about incarceration's impacts on women.
Janie Kim (COL '19)
Janie Talks about incarceration's impacts on women.
Lauren Talks about her attempt to answer the question,
Lauren Malinowski (NUR '19)
Lauren Talks about her attempt to answer the question, "What is art?"
Hannah Talks about gender differences in perception and intention to study abroad.
Hannah Liu (WH '19)
Hannah Talks about gender differences in perception and intention to study abroad.
Catherine Talks about Peter Paul Rubens' The Judgment of Paris.
Catherine McNally (COL '19)
Catherine Talks about Peter Paul Rubens' The Judgment of Paris.
Geeta Talks about the Theodore Roosevelt administration and its effects on the 20th century Japan-United States relations
Geeta Minocha (WH '19)
Geeta Talks about the Theodore Roosevelt administration and its effects on the 20th century Japan-United States relations
Vanessa Talks about the transparency of data science.
Vanessa Moody (EAS '19)
Vanessa Talks about the transparency of data science.
Megha Talks about ethical decision making in clinical psychology.
Megha Nagaswami (COL '19)
Megha Talks about ethical decision making in clinical psychology.
Narelli Talks about the ethical debate surrounding the use if CRISPR Cas9
Narelli Narciso (EAS '19)
Narelli Talks about the ethical debate surrounding the use if CRISPR Cas9
Nicholas Talks about the Catalan independence movement.
Nicholas Navarro (COL '19)
Nicholas Talks about the Catalan independence movement.
John Talks about the theory that there is no such thing as a discovery.
John Odera (COL '19)
John Talks about the theory that there is no such thing as a discovery.
Chris Talks about capital raising in the sports industry.
Chris Oh (WH '19)
Chris Talks about capital raising in the sports industry.
Anna Talks about diversity and inclusion in the Goldman Sachs recruitment process.
Anna Ossa Ferreira (COL/WH '19)
Anna Talks about diversity and inclusion in the Goldman Sachs recruitment process.
Krishna Talks about survival drives.
Krishna Patel (COL/WH '19)
Krishna Talks about survival drives.
Ricardo Talks about the reaction of low-income households' entertainment spending to tax refunds.
Ricardo Pena (WH '19)
Ricardo Talks about the reaction of low-income households' entertainment spending to tax refunds.
Jorge Talks about refugee policy making in developing countries.
Jorge Penado
Jorge Talks about refugee policy making in developing countries.
Alexander Talks about fundamental signals, earnings, and stock returns.
Alexander Pompetzki (WH '19)
Alexander Talks about fundamental signals, earnings, and stock returns.
Amy Talks about perceptions of emotion regulation
Amy Qu (WH '19)
Amy Talks about perceptions of emotion regulation
Beeban Talks about poverty and aspirations.
Beeban Rai (WH '19)
Beeban Talks about poverty and aspirations.
Anika Talks about crafting models that are more accessible.
Anika Ranginani (WH '19)
Anika Talks about crafting models that are more accessible.
Morgan Talks about the medical uses of psychedelic drugs.
Morgan Rees (COL '19)
Morgan Talks about the medical uses of psychedelic drugs.
Bernardo Talks about federal energy policy under the Trump administration.
Bernardo Sarti (COL/WH ’19)
Bernardo Talks about federal energy policy under the Trump administration.
Anissa Talks about the battered women's movement and the response of the medical establishment.
Anissa Saylany (COL ’19)
Anissa Talks about the battered women's movement and the response of the medical establishment.
Diana Talks about the impact of the United States embargo on the health of the Cuban population.
Diana Shiling (COL ’19)
Diana Talks about the impact of the United States embargo on the health of the Cuban population.
Joseph Talks about the effects of experimentally induced familiarity on human recall of a list of words.
Joseph Sileo (COL ’19)
Joseph Talks about the effects of experimentally induced familiarity on human recall of a list of words.
Brendan Talks about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Brendan Taliaferro (COL ’19)
Brendan Talks about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Deanna Talks about voicing stress in the workplace.
Deanna Taylor (WH ’19)
Deanna Talks about voicing stress in the workplace.
Kristjan Talks about Bitcoin.
Kristjan Tomasson (COL ’19)
Kristjan Talks about Bitcoin.
Christopher Talks about Franz Kafka.
Christopher Troop (COL ’19)
Christopher Talks about Franz Kafka.
Ivy Talks about Penn student conceptions towards eating disorders.
Ivy Tse (COL ’19)
Ivy Talks about Penn student conceptions towards eating disorders.
Ana Talks about her project Perspect.
Ana Santos Reis Valente (COL ’19)
Ana Talks about her project Perspect.
Jici Talks about social and environmental influences on skin microbial diversity in Rhesus Macaques
Jici Wang (COL ’19)
Jici Talks about social and environmental influences on skin microbial diversity in Rhesus Macaques
Thomas Talks about Franco-German relations since 1990.
Thomas Wiig (COL ’19)
Thomas Talks about Franco-German relations since 1990.
Derek Talks about George Eliot's
Derek Willie (COL ’19)
Derek Talks about George Eliot's "The Mill on the Floss".
Chloe Talks about community investment and school spending in Cook County.
Chloe Wilson (COL ’19)
Chloe Talks about community investment and school spending in Cook County.
Alex Talks about an ultrasound training project.
Alex Wong (COL ’19)
Alex Talks about an ultrasound training project.
Zheng Talks about artificial intelligence and the law.
Zheng Xie (COL ’19)
Zheng Talks about artificial intelligence and the law.
Qingyi Talks about the government's role in immigrant assimilation.
Qingyi Yuan (COL/WH ’19)
Qingyi Talks about the government's role in immigrant assimilation.
Elias Talks about executive compensation.
Elias Zenkich (WH ’19)
Elias Talks about executive compensation.