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How to Give a Chalk Talk

Robert Mahley, MD, PhD
  • Trainee-to-Tenure Track Program
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Room 107A/B

If you are aiming for a tenure-track academic position, you will want to do everything you can to ensure that your interview is successful. A chalk talk is an opportunity for a search committee to see how you think on the fly with a whiteboard marker in hand or, increasingly, a shared screen. Unlike a typical job talk or seminar, in which you present research findings, in a chalk talk you should provide a window into your plan for your research career.

The ultimate goal of a chalk talk is to give a high-level view of what you’ll start working on immediately when hired, and how you’ll develop that work into an independent laboratory. A useful chalk talk will show that you communicate well, and can integrate new ideas or tactfully rebut questions.

Robert Mahley will discuss the various roles of a chalk talk search committee, as well as the key information to include, how to properly structure the talk, and critical items that should be on the whiteboard.

This event is open to everyone at Gladstone. However, the content is geared toward graduate students and postdocs.

Hosted By: 

Office of Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Affairs


The Trainee-to-Tenure Track Program is a new strategy from Gladstone’s Office of Postdoctoral and Graduate Affairs to help early career scientists in their path towards academic independence and faculty positions.

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