Student Chairs

As chairs, students play a major role in facilitating each session. The chair’s most practical function is to introduce the session topic, the presenters, and the titles of their individual papers. A few words about each presenter—his or her year or class rank, university affiliation, academic interests, etc.—can make each session friendlier and more relaxed. While the faculty moderator will be assigned in advance for the session, a quick-witted chair might also need to locate a faculty member willing to serve for an absent moderator. Student chairs promote the congenial atmosphere necessary for collaboration and discussion. They model the best kind of session participation, often even asking questions during the moderator-led Q & A and demonstrating their careful attention to the subjects of the papers.

Should you wish to serve as a session chair, please complete the Session Chair Volunteer Form on the web page listed below no later than January 11.

Student Chair Volunteer Sign-up Form for Non Presenters

You will receive an email confirming your appointment as a chair after February 2.


A Reminder to All Attendees

If you must leave a session before its conclusion, do not enter or exit a room while a presenter is at the podium; wait until the applause between presenters for your cue to leave or enter.

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