SER2021 Volunteer Information

Student and Emerging Professional Volunteer Program


We are offering volunteer opportunities to a limited number of student and emerging professional applicants who will help staff the conference in exchange for a complimentary registration. Volunteers are needed to monitor breakout sessions, and assist with social events. Click here for a full list of duties.   

Volunteers will be selected through an open application process as described below.



Applicants must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students currently enrolled in a college or university program or have graduated within the last 5 years. We do ask that you not apply for the program if you have other means to attend the conference.

We will give priority to applications from student members in good standing of SER, as well as to students who have submitted an oral or poster presentation for the conference.

Volunteers are expected to speak and to communicate reasonably well in English (both for written and oral communication).


Time Commitment

Volunteers will need to commit at least eight hours of service in exchange for a full registration fee waiver. There will be no exceptions to these terms of service, so please don’t apply if you are unable to devote the required time. 

Two general orientation and training sessions will be held - one during the week of May 3 (for those volunteering on field trips) and another the week of June 7 (for those volunteering during the main conference days). Please note that this training does not count toward the required volunteer hours.


Work Assignments and Scheduling

Volunteer assignments are outlined here. Please note that other assignments may arise in the course of planning and that you may be asked to fulfill multiple assignments over the course of your service. 

A team designated by the Conference Organizing Committee will be responsible for making volunteer assignments. We will do our best to accommodate scheduling requests, but we ask that all applicants be as flexible as possible and understand that it simply may not be feasible in some cases to change work times and/or assignments. 

During times when you are not scheduled to work, you will have full access to conference sessions and other activities not requiring a special registration fee (e.g. pre-conference training courses, field trips, keynote presentations). You will also have access to pre-recorded conference presentations both before and after the event.  


Submit an Application

Please click here to fill out the application. 

The deadline to apply is April 14, 2021. We will notify you of our decision by April 23. 



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