Call for Participation | Student Volunteers

Important Dates

  • 9 September 2011, 5:00 PM PDT: Applications due via the online registration system
  • 28 October 2011: Notification of acceptance (first round of SVs)

Student volunteers are essential to the success of the CSCW conference. In return for help at the conference, student volunteers receive a number of benefits including (please note: SV benefits are still being discussed):

  1. free conference registration
  2. a fabulous t-shirt sure to be the envy of all conference goers
  3. a complimentary Conference Reception ticket

While the volunteer duties are not always glamorous, they do provide a unique opportunity to interact closely with CSCW contributors, attendees, and other student volunteers. Volunteering provides a structured, cordial environment for students in various stages of their research career to become part of the CSCW community. Students often report that the 'social networks' they build from these meetings are the greatest benefit of being a volunteer. Indeed, it is not uncommon for future collaborations, internships/jobs, and friendships to be made through the SV experience.


Volunteers must be undergraduate, Master's, or Ph.D. students during the 2011-2012 academic year. All students, regardless of discipline, are encouraged to apply by registering online at No experience is required, but we are looking for enthusiastic, reliable people. Volunteers must commit to 20 volunteer hours of work at the conference during February 11-15, 2012.

Upon Acceptance

Student volunteers will be chosen from applications received by September 9, 2011.

Those volunteers initially selected will be notified in September and October so that they can begin making any necessary arrangements and get involved in the online student volunteer community. The waiting list will consist of applications received by the deadline but not initially selected. Applications received after the deadline will be placed at the end of the waiting list in the order in which they are received.

Historically, more students apply than can be accepted, so early application is encouraged. However, applicants on the waiting list are often accepted, so do not be discouraged if you are applying close to or after the preliminary deadline. Some volunteers always drop out, so we highly encourage students to continue checking the waitlist.

Visa Information

If you are an accepted SV and you need a visa to enter the U.S., please contact us immediately so we can start processing. Depending on where you are coming from and your nationality, getting a visa can be difficult, but we will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to assist you.

Housing Information

To be disclosed.

Student Volunteer Co-Chairs

Norman Makoto Su, University College Dublin
Alex Thayer, University of Washington