The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) has selected the city of Long Beach, California to hold the 2024 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 8-10, 2024 at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. In partnership with the California State University – Long Beach (CSULB), CUR and CSULB will play a vital role in creating a successful onsite undergraduate research presentation and learning opportunity.

NCUR is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by hosting an annual conference for students. Unlike meetings of academic professional organizations, this gathering of student scholars welcomes presenters from all higher learning institutions and disciplines. Each conference hosts thousands of students from across the globe, presenting their research through posters, oral presentations, visual arts, and performances. Their faculty mentors also attend to show support for their students and in some cases to present.

To support the success of the event, we hope to recruit a pool of local, dedicated, and enthusiastic volunteers! We are seeking volunteers for multiple shifts over multiple days, providing a great opportunity to meet influential people, see behind the scenes of an undergraduate research conference, and represent the institution you call home!

If you are interested in being considered for a volunteer role, please complete the application below. 

Key Dates:
Deadline to Volunteer: January 31, 2024
Volunteers Selected, Assigned, and Notified: Between February 15, 2024-March 8, 2024

Volunteer Opportunities:
Registration Check-in – Support with participant check-in and badge pick-up
Poster Check-in – Support for poster presenters and attendees who are trying to locate specific posters during the poster presentation sessions
Ushers - Help attendees find available seats in the theater during the plenary sessions and general wayfinding within the convention center
Oral Session Moderators - Introduce the session and speakers, manage time, guide speakers, facilitate a smooth and engaging discussion, involve the audience, and ensure all participants have a chance to contribute, ultimately ensuring the session's objectives are met.
Actors - Limited service for one 60-minute session block and dependent on abstract submissions received and accepted. Theater performance sessions are 60 minutes in length comprised of three original short plays that are no longer than 15-minutes in length led by student authors and performed by CSU guest actors. The script would be provided in advance and at least one coordination video conference will likely be necessary for preparation.

Volunteer Requirements and Benefits:
Online Training: Completed no later than April 1, 2024 
Day of Arrival: Arrive and check-in 15-minutes prior to scheduled shift at the Help Desk in the convention center

Volunteer Benefits:
Volunteer Swag: Volunteers will be provided with a piece of swag to identify them as volunteers and a badge that must be worn for all shifts.
Parking Pass: A complimentary parking pass will be provided for the day of your shift.
Chance to Win: For every completed shift, volunteers will be entered into a drawing to win prizes!

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* 1. Please complete the following.

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* 2. Please select the role that most closely describes your position.

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* 3. I would like to volunteer for the following area.