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Seminar series speaker nomination and selection

The lineup of speakers has been consistently excellent and relevant to our neurosciences community because speakers are nominated by you! Our annual call for nominations is open from March 2 through March 22, 2020. 

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All nominations are submitted via our online database system. You may nominate between 1 and 5 speakers at a time, and return to submit more nominations at any point during the nomination period. 

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Enter as much information as possible. Try to be accurate with name spelling and institution. You can make a case for your speaker in the Note field.

Avoid system time outs by completing your nominations within 5-10 min. 

Save your nominations by clicking the "Submit Nominations" button at the top or bottom of the page.

Speaker nomination and selection process

Speakers nominated by our community are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including number of nominations, potential for broad appeal, representation of a wide variety of research areas, the diversity of researchers in neuroscience and the recent history of speakers at Stanford. We encourage you to nominate women and under-­represented minority scientists. 

Submitted nominations are compiled, generating a list of potential speakers ranked by number of nominations. Highly nominated speakers are considered to be more desired by the community and are more likely to be selected.

The Seminar Series Committee reviews all nominations and each member casts votes for their preferred speakers. Votes are tallied, and a ranked list of all nominees is discussed at the committee meeting. The committee consists of faculty members, graduate students and postdocs from various departments within School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Humanities and Sciences. 

Speakers are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including number of nominations, potential for broad appeal, representation of a wide variety of research areas, the diversity of researchers in neuroscience and the recent history of speakers at Stanford.