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Student volunteers play a key role in supporting conference attendees and the conference overall. Undergraduate and graduate students help with the administration of the conference and have the opportunity to participate in the Students@SC program, explore the Exhibits, attend technical presentations, and develop lasting professional connections. The Student Volunteers program accepts a large number of students, both domestic and international, with the goal of welcoming new members into the HPC community.


Remote Participation

The SC20 committee is dedicated to providing the community with the best possible conference experience for all participants. To that end, while we are still planning for an in-person experience, SC20 will also provide remote participation opportunities for the conference in November 2020 for those who are unable to travel to Atlanta due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that we will have both a virtual and on-site Student Volunteers Program for SC20. Due to the uncertainty at this time with international travel, only students residing within North America as of November, 2020 are eligible for the on-site Student Volunteers Program. Anyone residing in North America that is concerned with traveling to the conference can also apply for the virtual Student Volunteers Program.

Check out the FAQ for more details on the Student Volunteers program!

Lead Student Volunteers

Former SC student volunteers are encouraged to apply for a lead student volunteer role.

Lead student volunteers are valued leaders in student programs and work directly with committee members on a specific part of the conference. These volunteers typically work more hours than a regular student volunteer, and are required to attend several phone meetings in advance of the conference as well as to arrive in Atlanta the Friday before the conference begins. Lead student volunteers help select and train the rest of the volunteer team and mentor new students. This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to join the conference committee.

SCinet Student Volunteers

If you are interested in high performance networks and are available the week prior to the conference in addition to the week of, consider applying as a SCinet student volunteer.

Approximately 20 students are selected to work with various SCinet teams, including fiber, network security, routing, and communications, to build and operate SCinet. These students work directly alongside professionals from educational institutions, HPC centers, network equipment vendors, national laboratories, research institutions, research networks, and telecommunications carriers. These students arrive at the convention center one week prior to the conference to set up the network, and stay a day after the conference ends to perform teardown tasks.

How to Apply

Applications are now open.

Application Components

Apply on the SC submissions website. View a sample form.

  • Background information
  • Conference motivation statement
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or other department personnel
  • (Optional) Lead Student Volunteer Motivation and Experience
  • (Optional) SCinet Student Volunteer Motivation and Experience
  • (Optional) Travel Support Request
    Students may apply for travel support from within their application. As SC conference travel support is limited, students are encouraged to apply for support from their institution. This requires the submission of a Student Travel Funding Commitment (STFC) form from someone within your institution. The STFC verifies the institution’s ability to provide full travel funding for the student. Only students with a completed STFC will be eligible for travel support. If you are unsure of who should complete the STFC, check with your advisor, department head, or other college faculty. If you still have questions about the STFC, check out our FAQ or contact the Student Volunteers Committee.

Student Volunteers FAQ


Understand more about the Student Volunteers program and application process.

View Student Volunteer FAQ

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