International Association for Great Lakes Research Conference Seeks Student Volunteers

The 56th Annual International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) Conference will take place at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN from June 2-6, 2013 ( A limited number of students will be able to volunteer during the conference in return for waived registration. Preference will be given to students from our co-host institutions: Ball State University, Notre Dame University, Purdue University and Purdue University Calumet. This is a fantastic opportunity to interact with Great Lakes scientists and professionals and learn more about research being conducted around the world.

If you are interested in volunteering during the 2013 IAGLR conference, please contact Kara Salazar of Purdue University ( To ensure fully waived registration, volunteers must be pre-approved by Ms. Salazar BEFORE registering for the conference. Contact Ms. Salazar by April 5, 2013 and indicate in your email; 1) which days you would be available to volunteer and 2) your preferred volunteer positions, which are outlined below. Volunteers will be required to work four, six hour shifts (24 hours total) to receive the registration waiver. Some of the volunteer time may be spent in scientific sessions.

Volunteers will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis and preference will be given to local students or students from an Indiana institution. Volunteer confirmation will be sent by April 15, 2013.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Registration Desk (Sunday afternoon –Thursday afternoon):

Volunteers working at the registration desk will be responsible for handing out registration materials, e.g., receipts, bags, to meeting attendees. Registrants may also be asked to help with a variety of tasks such as hanging signs or running messages to rooms. There will be 2-5 volunteers working the registration desk during each six hour shift.

Load Talks/Act as Runner in Session Rooms (Sunday afternoon – Thursday afternoon):

Volunteers sitting in session rooms will be responsible for helping the session moderators with anything the moderator requires, including but not limited to loading talks onto laptops or running messages for technical assistance. Volunteers will be expected to remain in the room past the hours of the session and during breaks to help presenters load talks onto the room laptop. Volunteers will have the opportunity to rank their preferred sessions, as they will be able to listen to scientific talks while they work. There will be 1 volunteer per room during each six hour shift.

Poster Guidance (Sunday afternoon – Monday afternoon):

Volunteers helping to set up the poster session will direct poster presenters to their assigned boards and provide assistance where necessary. Volunteers will be given a master plan to follow and may be asked to help with a variety of other tasks during their shift. There will be 2 volunteers during each six hour shift.

For additional information contact:

Kara A. Salazar

Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Purdue University

195 Marsteller Street, FORS Room 308

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

Phone:  765.496.1070

Fax:  765.496.2422