Chapters often invite speakers to talk about careers, research, and other topics of interest. Consider sponsoring a symposium or panel discussion on a contemporary issue in science by bringing in selected speakers.

Planning Tips

  • Ask students who they would like to hear
  • Write an invitation letter
  • Discuss financial, A/V, and other contractual requirements with potential speakers
  • Confirm your speakers and tell them about the target audience’s level and interests
  • Provide travel directions to the campus and room
  • Request speakers’ curricula vitae for introductions
  • Arrange for an honorarium or gift as appropriate
  • Write a “thank you” letter to each speaker after the event

Speaker/Tour Ideas

  • Conduct faculty and graduate student seminars
  • Hold seminars where faculty speak about their research
  • Take trips to national labs