Student Chapter Best Practices

Student Chapter Best Practices

Here are some related programs and recommendations that will help facilitate your chapter's success throughout the academic year. 

Be sure to read the Younger Members Committee Student Chapter Best Practices document for more ideas!


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

  1. Invite Speakers and host Seminars to engage your membership.
    • 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 professionals from various disciplines (structural, geotechnical, or civil engineering, transportation, social sciences, urban planning, earth sciences, or emergency management.)
  2. Maintain a Chapter Website or utilize social media like Twitter, Instagram, 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 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition, present a poster at a poster session, 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 June 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. Have four core officers. This includes President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  2. Consider other positions such as Events Coordinator, Webmaster, or SDC Team Captain in addition to your four core officers.
  3. Maintain regular contact with 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.
  4. Develop clear and concrete goals for the year (e.g., three invited speakers, two outreach activities, etc.)

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