Our mission at PhD Balance is to create spaces for graduate students to learn from shared experiences.


While our original platform was built online, we've taken all of the insight and lessons we've gained through our community to bring that learning to directly to your audience.

Through enthusiasm, experience, and an empathetic approach to engagement, the PhD Balance team speakers will help make your next event a success.


We offer a range of events to cater to your group's needs.


Generally 45-60 minutes long, these talks resemble lecture-style presentations but with plenty of opportunities for audience engagement.

Current Offerings

  • Building Community and Resilience

  • Together Alone: Graduate Student Mental Illness

  • Mental Health and Resiliency During a Crisis


We facilitate hands-on workshops for small and large groups alike. With a focus on inquiry-based learning, these workshops are designed to get everyone thinking and learning.

Current Offerings

  • Storytelling to Create a Community

  • How to Work With Your Advisor

  • Mental Well-Being: Self-Care, Sharing Your Story, and Surviving Grad School


Whether you're just starting out with a new podcast or you're a seasoned pro with lots of subscribers, our speakers are ready to speak with you openly and enthusiastically.

Past Appearances

  • MeWell Anxiety Roundtable

  • Royal Society of Chemistry Graduate Student Mental Health Panel

  • UCD Networking on Social Media Panel

Cultivating Mindfulness Through Daily Meditation
with Lynn Curry

Learn how to meditate and build a daily practice to help reduce stress, enhance focus and experience greater ease amidst your busy lives. Cultivating mindfulness supports your mental health by keeping you grounded no matter the challenge at hand.


We encourage you to select from our current offerings, but we are happy to help create the ideal engagement opportunity for your specific needs!

Alex Weigand (she/her)

Meet Alex

Brittany Uhlorn, Ph.D. (she/her)

Meet Brittany

Niba Nirmal, M.S. (she/her)

Meet Niba

Lynn Curry (she/her)

Meet Lynn

Bryan Wilkins, Ph.D. (he/him)

Meet Bryan

Fay Lin (she/her)

Meet Fay

Liesl Krause, M.S. (she/her)

Meet Liesl

Linda Corcoran (she/her, they/them)

Meet Linda

Aidan Mowat (she/her)

Meet Aidan


Raghav Sampangi, Ph.D. (he/him)

Meet Raghav


Liesl was very effective at meeting our brief both from an organizational, online delivery, and social media engagement point of view. I would be very pleased to have her speak again at similar events for the UK chemical science community.

-Manchester Metropolitan University, March 2021

Thank you for this talk! Really glad of all the mental health awareness that you are doing!


It was such an important topic!

it is true that in academia we face anxiety and this kind of webinar is very useful for the creating awareness.

-Royal Society of Chemistry
Graduate Student Mental Health Panel
March 2021

I like all the provided suggestions by Dr. Uhlorn, more specifically regarding an interactive presence on Twitter. 

One of the most amazing speakers I have encountered. 

-University of California, Davis Networking on Social Media Panel

March 2021

-Computer Architecture Student Association

Working with Your Advisor Workshop
March 2021

Very useful material, very engaging workshop and speaker (Liesl), very well conducted, and the breakout sessions were amazing.

Very good flow, great prompts, awesome all around!

-Computer Architecture Student Association

Mental Illness in Graduate Students Keynote
March 2021

Brilliant keynote! Fay was very engaging throughout, and shared with us her personal journey through grad school and with mental health. This was really encouraging to hear as graduate students, and Fay addressed and acknowledged many issues which are familiar to many. Highly recommend! 

-Fordham University
Building Community and Resilience Seminar

March 2021

-UMass Amherst

Mental Health and Resiliency During a Crisis Seminar

April 2021

Our graduate students greatly enjoyed this session, which is impressive considering the challenges of delivering engaging presentations over Zoom!  


Students appreciated the presenter's (Dr. Brittany Uhlorn) willingness to share personal stories. I appreciated the effective balance between validating challenges (because we so often feel we are the 'only ones' experiencing this challenges) with constructive solutions (and there is something you can do!). The presenter kept the session engaging and productive by embedding thoughtful, reflective exercises throughout.


We would be delighted to host PhD Balance again in the future!

We've been working on launching a graduate student run initiative at Fordham University on promoting mental health and wellbeing, and Ph.D. Balance has been very helpful in providing a framework for thinking about what such an initiative can look like. Working towards an open and supportive graduate community is easier with this great example of what one looks like. 


Review our current fees, or request a quote for your specific project through the basic intake form!

A note from our team:

Through our events, we aim to allow people to reflect and engage in honest conversations that lead to tangible change.

Some points of discussion may be thought provoking, feel uncomfortable and/or lead people to reflect on their own experiences. If at any time you feel extremely uncomfortable or triggered, please know that you have the right to take care of yourself in whatever means necessary.


We also acknowledge the evolving nature of the mental health space, so please let us know how we can improve our messaging and terminology to meet current standards and norms.