The seminar chair appoints a rapporteur who, under the direction of the chair, performs all the duties required by the central office and the seminar. Rapporteurs are graduate students; on occasion undergraduates provided their appointment has first been approved by The University Seminars Director. Only rapporteurs who are full-time students at Columbia, Barnard, or Teachers College can receive a stipend.

Each seminar has its own internal structure. In some seminars, the responsibilities normally associated with the rapporteur’s position may be shared with the chair or another member of the seminar. The University Seminars office, however, considers the rapporteur to be the seminar liaison, and expects the rapporteur to perform certain tasks and prescribed by the Rapporteur Guidelines and Procedures document.

For information on travel and business expenses and reimbursements, please refer to the Meeting Logistics and Reimbursements pages.

New Rapporteur Orientation sessions take place a couple of times a year, usually at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. If you are unable to attend a scheduled orientation, you will need to contact The University Seminars office to schedule an appointment. 

The University Seminars Office believes that in order for the Seminars to thrive, the chair and rapporteur must have a functional and contented relationship. Any rapporteur whose experience in a seminar is difficult or unfulfilling, may, without any ordeal, switch to a different seminar. Likewise, any chair may request a new rapporteur if the match is not right. To request a change, contact Pamela Guardia via phone, email, or in person.


Bar Schedule

Meeting Logistics


Rapporteur Guidelines and Procedures


Sample Seminar Timesheet

Seminar Timesheet

Timesheet for Conferences ONLY


Data Sheet

Rapporteur Orientation Slides (2018-2019)