How to Give a Chalk Talk

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Are you interested in a career in academia but unfamiliar with the standards and expectations of chalk talks often given during interviews? While trainees have plenty of opportunities to practice and present their data, tips and strategies on delivering a chalk talk are often sparse. This session provides trainees with fundamental strategies and tips for delivering an effective chalk talk.

Moderator Joleen Cheah, University of California, Davis


Erik Snapp, Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, HHMI/Janelia Research Campus


  1. Learn the appropriate decorum for giving a chalk talk.
  2. Learn how to convey being an independent and innovative thinker and an effective communicator.
  3. Learn what qualities interviewers are looking for and how to portray those during a chalk talk.

This video was recorded on December 10 at the 2109 ASCB|EMBO Meeting in Washington, DC. Organized by the ASCB Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS)

About the Author:

Mary Spiro is ASCB's Strategic Communications Manager.