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Friday, November 30, 2007

Faculty, Staff and Student Volunteers Needed for NCUR

SALISBURY, MD---When Salisbury University welcomes some 2,600 of the nation’s top undergraduate scholars for the 22nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) next April, an extensive team of volunteers are needed.

“We are looking for approximately 500 to 600 volunteers,” said Heather Holmes, NCUR volunteer coordinator and SU’s director of Student Activities, Organizations and Leadership.  “Any students, faculty and staff who are willing to help are welcome.”

From stuffing conference packets, to providing airport shuttles, to monitoring poster sessions, volunteers are needed both before and during the conference (April 10-12).

“Volunteers may select what they would like to do and we need help with everything from distributing food to setting-up and breaking-down rooms, putting up signs, manning registration and information tables, and setting-up for the beach party,” Holmes said.  Student clubs, honor societies and other organizations are especially encouraged to sign-up to help as a group.

In addition, NCUR organizers are looking for faculty and student moderators to assist with student presentations and poster sessions.

All volunteers will receive a free conference T-shirt.  Other benefits include the opportunity to network with students and faculty from campuses across the United States.

“It’s a great way to meet people and find out about other institutions, such as for graduate school,” Holmes said.  “The conference itself provides the entire campus community the chance to hear interesting student research and our four guest speakers.”

NCUR is the largest professional organization in the country devoted to undergraduate research. Students from all 50 states representing 300-400 colleges and universities are expected to present in 56 different disciplines.

SU is the only university in Maryland to host NCUR and the first comprehensive university in the United States to host two NCUR conferences (the first was in 1998).

To register as a volunteer, visit the SU NCUR Web site at www.salisbury.edu/ncur22. For more information, contact Holmes at 410-546-6928.



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