The undergraduate and graduate student volunteers
are a mainstay of the SC conference series. While meeting
and interacting with leaders in high-performance computing
and networking, they assist with SCinet, media relations,
exhibit setup and a host of other functions. Read the information
below, and then consider applying to the SC2003 student volunteer
The Student Volunteers application website
will be ready on Monday, April 14. The URL is http://portal.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SC2003/student/student.html
So, what is the SC2003 conference?
SC2003 is this years event of an annual conference series
that focuses on the development and application of high-performance
computing and networking technologies. This year's conference
will be Saturday November 15, through Friday, November 21,
2003 in Phoenix.
What is a student volunteer?
A student volunteer helps out with the administration of the
conference in exchange for free conference registration, housing,
most meals, conference goodies and more.
We ask students to volunteer 20-25 hours
of work during the conference. You will interact with the
conference organizers and presenters, and meet other students
from all over the world. It's an opportunity to get involved
with a great conference while reducing expenses. It's also
not a bad item to have on your resume.
Student volunteers have the opportunity to
see and discuss the latest high-performance networking and
computing technology and meet leading researchers from around
the world while contributing to the success of this annual
event. No special skills or experience are necessary for most
volunteer positions; however, some familiarity with computing
platforms, audio/visual equipment, or office equipment can
Who is eligible to be a student volunteer?
Any full-time college student may become a student volunteer
at SC2003. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.
In order to be considered, a faculty recommendation is required.
High school students are not encouraged to apply, but local
(Phoenix area) high school students might be considered under
special (as yet undefined) circumstances.
Students from minority-serving institutions
are especially encouraged to volunteer.
When are student volunteers needed?
Official conference activities will start on Sunday, November
16, and continue through Friday morning, November 21. This
is a weeklong commitment to the conference.
You will need to arrive at the conference
by Saturday afternoon, November 15. We will have our first
group meeting Saturday evening.
Conference setup and especially deployment
of the conference high-speed network takes place the week
before the conference begins. A few students with an interest
in networking could volunteer for these network deployment
What are the benefits of being a student
The conference provides students with:
- Registration for the conference, including
technical sessions and invited speakers
- Access to the exhibit floor (and enough
time to see the exhibits)
- Hotel accommodations at one of the conference
- Conference proceedings on CD-ROM
- Admission to special events on Monday
and Thursday evenings
- Meals during conference hours
- New wardrobe (several T-shirts)
What don't I get as a student volunteer?
There are some important considerations for you to be aware
- We do not have a travel budget for student
volunteers. Your school or you will have to pay travel costs.
- There are a few meals that are not provided
(Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday dinner, for example).
What kinds of work will I do as a volunteer?
Students distribute and collect evaluation forms in each of
the tutorials and technical sessions, assist speakers with
handouts or A/V equipment, and help in the registration office
and conference store.
Hmmmm! Doesn't sound like much fun. Why
would I want to do this?
Well, you are only committed to 20-25 hours of volunteer duties.
The rest of the time you can attend the technical sessions.
The real fun is cruising the exhibit floor where hardware
and software vendors and many research institutions all have
very interesting exhibits and demonstrations. And you can
schmooze with thousands of people in the high-performance
computing and communications community. Some of them might
be interested in hiring you in a year or two.
Do I have a vote in what work I do as
Not much, but we'll do what we can. There are often fewer
volunteers than tasks. And unanticipated tasks can pop up
anytime. Sometimes we have to scramble. But if you have special
skills, we will try to use them.
Are there students with special skills or
other characteristics that you encourage to apply?
Glad you asked!
- Students with an interest in networking
and who can help the week before the conference.
- Japanese translators to assist at registration
and on the exhibit floor.
- Students from under-represented groups
- International students.
Wow! How do I register?
The registration page will go live April 2003.
You will need to provide basic information about yourself
and why you want to attend SC2003 as a student volunteer.