Student Volunteers

Student volunteers are essential to the success of the CSCW conference. In return for help at the conference, student volunteers receive a number of benefits including free conference registration, one free tutorial of their choice, a cool t-shirt, and a complimentary Conference Reception ticket. While the volunteer duties are not always glamorous, they do provide opportunities to meet and interact with CSCW contributors, attendees, and other student volunteers. Students often report that the 'social networks' they build from these interactions are the greatest benefit of being a volunteer.


Volunteers must be undergraduate, Master's, or Ph.D. students during the 2008-2009 academic year. All students, regardless of discipline, are encouraged to apply. In the past we had projects in various fields such as quality control, robotics, global warming studies and mechanical engineering.

No experience is required. We are looking for enthusiastic, intelligent, reliable people. Volunteers must commit to 20 volunteer hours of work at the conference between 8-12 November 2008.


Starting on December 1, 2007, SV applications will be accepted via the online registration system at

Upon Acceptance

Student volunteers will be chosen at random from applications received by 31 May 2008. Those volunteers initially selected will be notified in June so they can begin making any necessary arrangements and get involved in the online student volunteer community. The waiting list will consist of applications received by the deadline but not initially selected. Applications received after the deadline will be placed at the end of the waiting list in the order in which they are received.

Historically, more students apply than can be accepted, so early application is encouraged. However, applicants on the waiting list are often accepted, so do not be discouraged if you are applying close to or after the preliminary deadline.

Visa Information

If you are an accepted SV and you need a visa to enter the US, please contact us immediately so we can start processing. Depending on where you are coming from and your nationality, getting a visa can be difficult, but we will work as quickly and efficiently as possible so that it is not a problem.

Housing Information

No sponsored housing will be provided to student volunteers. However, we do not think it should be difficult to find affordable accommodation and transportation options in San Diego. Please stay tuned to this space for more information as the conference draws closer.

The conference's papers and videos are available at the ACM Digital Library. Thank you to all of you who participated in the call for participation, doctoral colloquiums and workshops, as well as the keynote speakers.


Coming Dates:

11/02/12: CSCW2013 will take place in San Antonio, Texas, USA on February 23-27.

03/12/12: Marietta L. Baba Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University made her closing remarks and CSCW2013 is the next conference, details will follow shortly.

08/05/11: CSCW2012 will be held on February 11-15 in Seatle, Washington; this is the fifthteen CSCW conference taking place in one of the hubs of American technology on the West Coast.

12/15/10: CSCW2011 was held on March 19-23 on the edge of West Lake, the 1st time the conference is held outside of North America

11/17/09: Registration and hotel reservations to CSCW2010 available

10/18/09: Three panels added to CSCW2010's advance program

07/03/09: Notification date for Papers, Notes, Panels and Workshops for CSCW2010

5/18/09: Doctoral Colloquium, Interactive Posters, Demons-
tration and Videos Submission

03/22/09: Notification date for other venues

11/22/08: CSCW 2010 has started their website

11/13/08: CSCW 2008 was a success with record attendance


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