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Undergraduate Research Symposium Volunteer Form

The Center for Undergraduate Research is looking for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, staff, and faculty members to serve as session presiders and judges for the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  Staff members interested in counting their time helping at the Symposium as work hours should consult with their supervisors to see if that is possible.  If you're interested in volunteering, please submit this form by April 1, 2020.

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Jobs for the day of the Symposium:

  • Volunteer session presiders: We are looking for several people to moderate the sessions where students will be presenting their research/creative projects.  This job will entail arriving around noon on the day of the Symposium for a quick lunch and rundown of the day's events (lunch will be provided); session presiders will then be in their respective presentation rooms while students arrive and help them upload their presentations to the computer or set up posters; the session presider will then introduce the speakers and facilitate questions for two, hour-long sessions.  The total time commitment would be from noon-5:20, with lunch provided and the option of staying for the Symposium Banquet dinner.
  • Volunteer judges: Volunteer judges will evaluate undergraduate researchers who are presenting their research/ creative projects as either an oral or poster presentation.  The Center will provide a grading rubric and instructions to judges; no prior judging experience is required.  Each judge will evaluate one session (4 oral presentations, or a set of around 6-7 posters) and pick the best presentation, which will receive an Outstanding Presentation Award.  We try to assign judges to sessions related to their research background.  The total time commitment would be from 2:45-4:15 or 4:05-5:35, depending on which session you were judging, with the option of staying for the Symposium Banquet dinner.
If applicable, please include any comments about your availability on the day of the Symposium or the jobs you would be interested in doing.

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Deadline: 11:59 pm, March 18, 2020

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