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Student Volunteers @ FDG 2012
Student volunteers are an important part of the FDG conference and have been for many years. Each volunteer works for up to 12 hours, helping with various conference management activities. You'll interact with the conference organizers and presenters and will meet other students from all over the world. More information about the experience, the benefits, and how to sign up are provided below.
How do I register to volunteer?
To volunteer you should you should sign up to be a student volunteer and wait to hear from us on March 27, when we will provide you with a code to register for the conference if you are accepted.
Who is eligible to be a student volunteer?
Any full time student may become a student volunteer. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. You specify your school affiliation when you sign up as a volunteer, and you should bring a copy of your current course schedule to the conference as verification of your full time status. Students attending the conference to present papers or posters are encouraged to become volunteers as well.
What do I get in return for being a student volunteer?
In exchange for 12 hours of conference service, you will receive:
Note that in addition to these benefits, since you are a registered FDG student attendee, you have all the rights of the non-volunteer student attendees:
What kinds of work will I do as a student volunteer?
It varies. You might work at the registration booth to help organize the packets that we give out to attendees. You might be at the door of the exhibits hall to verify that the people entering have a conference badge. You might count the participants at various sessions. You might hang out at certain sessions to assist the speakers with handouts or equipment. You might man the Games Festival.
Do I have a say in what work I do as a student volunteer?
Not much, but we'll do what we can. There are often fewer volunteers than we have jobs, so we have to prioritize.
When during the conference will I do my student volunteer work?
This issue is driven by conference needs. Some time periods are busier than others. We'll take your preferences into account whenever possible. When you sign up as a student volunteer, you'll specify when you plan to arrive and leave the conference. You will also have the opportunity to specify when you are presenting a paper or poster. Within those constraints, we'll make some initial plans. We realize that things may come up and will try to make dynamic changes as needed. In return, we ask that you be as flexible as possible. Your duties may be broken into separate time periods and even across separate days. We guarantee no more than 12 hours of assigned work per volunteer but target an average of 10 hours.
Do I have to be there for the whole conference to be a student volunteer?
No. We realize that travel plans and other commitments exist. We hope that students local to the Raleigh area will be flexible. In particular, there is always a need for volunteers on Monday and Tuesday, which is before most of the conference activities begin and before many of the traveling student volunteers have arrived. We encourage local student volunteers to be available on Monday and Tuesday.
Can I get funding for travel or hotel expenses?
The conference itself does not provide funding for student volunteers, but you may be able to get some support through your department or through another source at your university. You should print your registration acknowledgment to show to potential funding sources.
Student Volunteers and Student Activities