Professional Development


Career Skills: How to Give a Chalk Talk

Convention Center, Rooms 343-344
8:30 AM-9:45 AM

“Chalk Talks” are an integral part of the interview process for research-oriented faculty positions at many institutions, particularly in basic science departments. An hour-long chalk talk is an in-depth presentation of near-future research plans given without using slides, with extensive Q&A throughout. Thus, giving a great chalk talk requires specific preparation and is vital to getting a job offer. In this session, a panel of scientists will discuss common formats, preparation, presentation strategies, and dos/don'ts. The panel will take questions concerning chalk talks and the academic application/interview process.

Co-Chairs: Karen Wilcox, PhD; MacKenzie Howard, PhD; and David Auerbach, PhD