Student Chapter Best Practices

Now that you have established an EERI Student Chapter, here are some related programs and and recommendations that will help facilitate your success throughout the academic year. Be sure to visit the EERI Student Chapters page to glean more details from the annual reports of other chapters.


In addition to regular chapter meetings, make the most of your chapter experience with the following:

  1. Invite Speakers, Host Seminars to engage your membership. Here are some established EERI programs you can take advantage of:
    • Inviting a practicing engineer through EERI’s Friedman Family Visiting Professional Program,
    • Inviting a current EERI Distinguished Lecturer (travel paid by EERI),
    • Inviting local earthquake professionals to speak on campus, or working with a local firm to arrange an on-site workshop,
    • Advertising any speaker that comes to your university and is talking about an earthquake-related topic,
    • Develop a seminar or panel discussion that reflects the multidisciplinary nature of EERI by inviting various engineers (structural, geotech, civil, transportation, social scientists, urban planners, earth scientists or emergency managers.)
  2. Maintain a Chapter Website with the EERI template, or utilize social media like Twitter and Facebook.
  3. Host an Earthquake Spectra Book Club that meets monthly to discuss articles from EERI’s quarterly journal.
  4. Connect with your local EERI Regional Chapter to coordinate events, projects, and networking opportunities.
  5. Outreach Activities to K-12 students by giving them tours and demos at the laboratory, or teach a K-Nex structural workshop, followed by a hands-on shaking table activity. Contact the SESI Classroom Education & Outreach Subcommittee for lesson ideas.
  6. Attend EERI’s Annual Meeting to participate in the Seismic Design Competition for undergrads, or present a poster at the Poster Session for graduate students, or network with earthquake engineering professionals.
  7. Confirm your information is up-to-date on the student chapter website, including links to social media.
  8. Submit your Annual Report by May 1st and tell us all about your year!
  9. Participate in the Seismic Design Competition as a team of undergraduates and have graduate students participate as team mentors.


  1. Consider other positions such as events coordinator, or webmaster, in addition to your four core officers.
  2. Maintain regular contact (via monthly meetings or calls) with both your Faculty Advisor & Local Professional EERI Member Contact. They can be valuable resources, especially when designing activities or finding speakers.
  3. Develop clear and concrete goals for the year (e.g., three invited speakers, two outreach activities, etc.)

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