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Volunteer and Receive a Complimentary Registration to Attend the History of Science Society Annual Meeting. September 1, 2011

Posted by museumatt in Uncategorized.

Graduate students are invited to volunteer at the HSS conference for 4.5 hours in exchange for their registration fee.  There are a number of jobs for which we need assistance to ensure that the conference runs smoothly.

  • Registration Desk: volunteers will be needed from 3pm Thursday to noon Sunday to welcome attendees, check them in, give them their registration materials, conduct on-site registration as needed, answer questions, and be the first line of assistance for any issues that may arise. While there will always be an HSS staff member on hand, this job requires volunteers to be helpful, polite, and presentable.
  • Data Entry: In conjunction with our Registration Table we may need one volunteer per shift to help process on-site registration information. This will consist largely of entering registration data into our database and working simple credit card processing equipment and software. A facility with numbers is desirable. This assignment is associated with the Registration Desk; so all requirements of deportment and appearance apply.
  • Collective Book Exhibit: 1 volunteer per shift will be needed to staff the HSS table in the exhibition hall. This table will contain book titles from publishers who could not send a representative. As with the Registration Desk, these volunteers will need to be helpful, polite, and presentable.

Volunteers local to the Cleveland area are encouraged to think about volunteering for shifts either early or late in the conference. Since many out-of-town volunteers arrive only during the middle of the conference, the outlying shifts are harder to fill.

We would also like to spread local volunteers among the many shifts, so that someone with local knowledge will be on hand to answer questions about the community. Please let us know when applying if you can be helpful in this regard.

Regardless of the job you are assigned we hope that all volunteers will be flexible during their shift as needs arise and the contingency of events will require everyone to be adaptable.

Early volunteers will get first pick of shifts and jobs, but we ask everyone to be flexible so that everyone can be accommodated.

Although volunteering for 4.5 hours will earn graduate students their registration, you will still be responsible for paying for dinners, hotel, transportation, and all incidentals.

Remember that The History of Science Society’s Annual Meeting will be co-located with the meetings of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Registration for the HSS, SHOT, or 4S conference entitles the registrant to attend any of the regular sessions for all three meetings.

If you are interested, please contact Manuela Fernández in the HSS office at manuela@hssonline.org for more information.

Finally, publishers who attend the exhibit typically look for students to staff their tables during lunches, author interviews, breaks, etc. The publishers pay and/or provide books for such service. If you are interested in doing this, please let me know.

For more information on the History of Science Society go to http://www.hssonline.org/


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