In 2005, the Biology Graduate Caucus inaugurated the Annual Biology Grad Hosted Speaker event. In 2017/2018, the Biology Graduate Caucus invited two speakers for the first time in an academic year, which inaugurated the Annual Fall Grad Hosted Speaker, and continued the tradition of the Annual Spring Grad Hosted Speaker.
Invited speakers will have contributed significantly to the field of Biology, are often notable for their skills in science communication, advocacy, productivity, or other achievements. Over the course of a two day stay, the invited speaker delivers a one hour seminar, meets one on one with labs and graduate students, and hosts a skills or discussion based workshop. The seminar usually highlights the speakers' scientific achievements, while the workshop focusses on other complimentary skills or life experiences.
Going forward, the Biology Graduate Caucus is committed to nominating and inviting a variety of scientists; keeping in mind the diversity of voices that exist in science and Biology. We all benefit from a diversity of role models, and many of us (students) are further encouraged by being able to see and interact with such scientific leaders that we can more personally identify with. Furthermore, it's important that our hosted speakers also reflect the diversity of subjects that are encompassed in the Biology Department: molecules to ecosystems, and curiosity based or applied science.