Avenues of Scientific Discovery Volunteers
Each year the Avenues of Scientific Discovery conference relies on sponsors, students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers to make this event a success. You are invited to volunteer as a workshop leader, event sponsor, or event assistant.
You are invited to participate as a workshop leader in the Annual Avenues of Scientific Discovery Conference. The 2019 event will be held mid-February. Workshop proposals are accepted until January 15.
The theme of this year's event is "I ❤ Science".
Workshop leaders are usually graduate students in science-related field of study who donate their time to teach a workshop. Workshop leaders may be individual graduate students or they may consist of a group of individuals from Graduate Student Associations within each college.
This event is an excellent way for graduate students to build their Curriculum Vitae (CV), to gain experience in public outreach/extension, leadership, and teamwork, and to practice presenting their research in an engaging and educational way! There will be cash prizes and trophies available for the best demonstrations or activities.
Think about what you do in your lab or classroom. Is there an activity you could modify for a hands-on workshop that could be done by a group of enthusiastic high schools students? We need graduate students like you to lead hands-on workshops for these budding scientists.
Graduate student booths are eligible to win a cash prize (1st place - $500; 2nd place - $300; 3rd place - $100) and a trophy/medal for the best booths, which will be determined based on the votes by high school students in attendance and a few select judges. Cash prizes will be divided among students hosting a particular booth. Trophies are handed out individually.
We expect about 200 high school students to attend Avenues of Scientific Discovery. We would like to ensure we have enough workshops available so that we do not have to turn anyone away. This is a great mentoring program for these individuals interested in a career in science.
If you or your Graduate Student Association are interested in conducting a workshop, complete this form to offer a workshop. If you would like more information on offering a workshop or about the conference, feel free to contact the Avenues of Scientific Discovery Coordinators.
Sponsor Avenues of Scientific Discovery:
To continue making an impact on the high school students of our region, Avenues of Scientific Discovery needs your support. This conference is a prime opportunity to develop interest in science and science-related careers. There are no minimum sponsorship requirements for this conference. Companies and organizations can provide a monetary donation in any amount they are comfortable with or donate door prizes for the individuals who attend. All sponsors are recognized on marketing materials, including the website, conference packets, and on-site signage.
What do sponsorships pay for? While the registration cost is free we try to provide scholarships to as many regional high schools as possible. Scholarships help offset the expense of transporting their students to the event. You may choose to fully sponsor the transportation costs for a specific high school or your sponsorship dollars can be combined with other donations to assist regional schools. We can make arrangements to ensure these donations get to regional high schools who could most benefit from them. Sponsorships can also cover extraneous conference costs including conference workshop materials and supplies.
To make a donation, contact an Avenues of Scientific Discovery Coordinator.
Event assistant volunteer opportunities include: guiding participants to their workshops in the Memorial Union Ballroom, giving directions to students between sessions, guiding bus drivers to their parking space, assisting with conference check-in, serving as workshop room attendants, directing bus and van traffic in lining up to pick up the girls, and helping resolve miscellaneous event related issues.
If you are interested in volunteering for the upcoming Avenues of Scientific Discovery event, please contact one of the event coordinators.