Due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, all Lunch & Learn events have been postponed until further notice.

What is Lunch & Learn?

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. They also say that knowledge is the food of the soul. What if you could have both?

Lunch & Learn is a monthly informal seminar series that provides grad students with ​two important things: free lunch and a chance to socialize with and learn from their peers from across the campus.

The series is co-sponsored by the Graduate Division, the Graduate Student Association, and the Library, and ​each event features 15-minute talks by two graduate students – one from a STEM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and one from a SHEF discipline (Social Science, Humanities, Education, and Fine Arts).

However, unlike traditional seminars and lectures, Lunch & Learn encourages speakers to communicate their topic in whatever way they feel most comfortable, welcoming anything from PowerPoint slides to fireside chats to hands-on demonstrations.

Sounds great! When can I attend?

Lunch & Learn runs year-round (even in the summer!) and happens once a month, except in April due to the Grad Slam. We post event dates and full event details in the GradPost Events section about 1-2 weeks prior.

To help us estimate food, we ask attendees to RSVP ahead of time for each event. But we invite everyone to attend even if you're not able to RSVP!

I think I'm interested in being a presenter. Tell me more!

What is it about your research that motivates you to get up every morning (even on weekends) and go in to the lab, the library, or your field site? What are the ​parts of your research that you may not get to talk about as much? Well, we want to know!

Lunch & Learn offers you the opportunity to​ present your research the way you want to a smart, friendly, and non-specialist audience of your peers. ​It's also great for​ practicing public speaking and expanding your CV. We are currently seeking speakers for our upcoming events, ​so sign up today!

Need inspiration? Check out information on our past Lunch & Learns

Where can I practice? 

UCSB Library has a Presentation Practice Room available for reservation by UCSB students, faculty, and staff. Located on the 1st Floor Mountain Side (room 1506), the space allows you to practice, refine, and record oral and multimedia presentations for classes and seminars, conferences, teaching preparation, Lunch & Learn, Grad Slam, thesis defenses, and other events. Learn more here

Upcoming Lunch & Learns (2019-2020)

All events ​are held in Library Room 1312                   

  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Friday, May 8, 2020
  • Friday, June 5, 2020


Email Daina Tagavi, ​the Professional Development Peer Advisor.