Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does it mean to be accepted into this program?

2. Wait a second, you mean I have to do more than work at the conference like when I was a Student Volunteer?

3. I'm still not really clear on what my responsibilities will be if I get one of these positions. Can you tell me some more?

4. So, you mean that as an apprentice I help out where my Program Chair needs me and at the same time I learn something about volunteering for a specific SIGGRAPH program?

5. Which 2006 program chairs will have apprentice positions?

6. How do I learn more about what my program chair might ask me to do?

7. Who is eligible to be nominated?

8. I was a Student Volunteer in 2002 (2001, 2000, etc.). Am I eligible?

9. If I don't get accepted to the XSV program, can I still be a Student Volunteer?

10. Why can I only be nominated if I participated in one of 2005, 2004 or 2003 conferences? That seems arbitrary to me.

11. Can I nominate myself?

12. How do I get nominated?

13. How does somebody go about nominating me?

14. What makes a good nomination?

15. How many nominations do I need?

16. If I get selected for the 2006 conference can I defer my acceptance to the 2007 conference?

17. Do I have to pay my own way to the conference? I mean, when I was a Student Volunteer there was a lot of support.

18. Do I have to attend a jury meeting?

19. Do I have to pay my own way to the jury meeting?

20. When is the jury meeting?

21. What can you tell me about the selection process?

22. When can I expect to get notified?

23. I've been accepted. Now what?

1.What does it mean to be accepted into this program?
If you're accepted into this program, you will become an apprentice-level member of a SIGGRAPH conference subcommittee. The program chair will act as your mentor and help you to participate in the program as an active, learning team member. TOP

2.Wait a second, you mean I have to do more than work at the conference like when I was a Student Volunteer?
Yes. Indeed, your commitment for this position will begin many months before the conference takes place. If selected, you will be part of the planning core of volunteers that helps to make the annual conference happen. You should expect to begin your volunteer position in December 2005. Most volunteer positions end shortly after the conference finishes. TOP

3. I'm still not really clear on what my responsibilities will be if I get one of these positions. Can you tell me some more?
If selected as an apprentice, you will become a member of a specific conference program subcommittee. Each subcommittee has a program chair. The program chair is the one you will work with to define your role and specific responsibilities. The responsibilities vary from program to program. To get a good overview of how the many conference volunteers participate and how their roles fit together, take a look at these links:

Committee Structure

Position Descriptions TOP

4. So, you mean that as an apprentice I help out where my program chair needs me, and at the same time I learn something about volunteering for a specific SIGGRAPH program?
Yes, that's exactly right. TOP

5. Which SIGGRAPH 2006 program chairs will have apprentice positions?

Courses

Educators Program

GraphicsNet

Panels

Research Posters

Sketches TOP

6. How do I learn more about what my program chair might ask me to do?
You can get a feeling for what's involved for each committee by looking at the scope of the program chairs' responsibilities:

Courses

Educators Program

GraphicsNet

Panels

Research Posters

Sketches TOP

7. Who is eligible to be nominated?
You must have served as a Student Volunteer for at least one of the following SIGGRAPH conferences: 2005, 2004, 2003. And you cannot be eligible to be a Student Volunteer for the 2006 conference. Specifically, you cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at any point during the 2005-2006 academic year. TOP

8. I was a Student Volunteer in 2002 (2001, 2000, etc.). Am I eligible?
No. You must have served as a Student Volunteer for at least one of the 2005, 2004 or 2003 SIGGRAPH conferences. TOP

9. If I don't get accepted to the XSV program, can I still be a Student Volunteer?
No. To be eligible for the XSV program means that you are no longer a student and therefore no longer eligible for the Student Volunteer program. TOP

10. Why can I only be nominated if I participated in one of 2005, 2004 or 2003 conferences? That seems arbitrary to me.
Not exactly. The purpose of this program is to involve people who have recently finished school, but who do not yet have a large amount of professional experience. If you've been out of school for a few years and have been working in the industry or academia, then perhaps you should consider other volunteering opportunities. Check out ACM SIGGRAPH Conference Volunteers TOP

11. Can I nominate myself?
No. Self-nomination is not allowed. TOP

12. How do I get nominated?
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can ask your recent academic advisor or professor, or your current employer to nominate you. Read more about the process here TOP

13. How does somebody go about nominating me?
First you need to submit an online form with some basic information to express your interest. After you complete the form, the system generates a unique URL. Give this URL to your professor(s) or employer and ask them to use the form at that URL to input their letters of nomination. The letters will automatically be associated with your submission. When each letter is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. TOP

14. What makes a good nomination?
A good nomination will be made by somebody who: TOP

15. How many nominations do I need?
Three. TOP

16. If I get selected for the 2006 conference, can I defer my acceptance to the 2007 conference?
No. The selection process matches specific mentees with specific mentors and does not lend itself to deferment. TOP

17. Do I have to pay my own way to the conference? I mean, when I was a Student Volunteer there was a lot of support.
You will receive a conference registration, and support toward travel and hotel. You will be responsible for your own meals during the conference. TOP

18. Do I have to attend a jury meeting?
Yes, if the program for which you're selected has a jury meeting, it will be your responsibility to attend.

GraphicsNet, however, does not have a jury meeting. Instead, your GraphicsNet responsibilities will require you to be in Boston at the conference center and working as much as a week before the conference actually begins. TOP

19. Do I have to pay my own way to the jury meeting?
No. Jury meeting attendance is covered to the level provided for within the SIGGRAPH expense policy. TOP

20. When is the jury meeting?
This varies from committee to committee. Typically, jury meetings take place over a weekend shortly after the submission deadline for the individual program. TOP

21. What can you tell me about the selection process?
The selection committee is composed of approximately a dozen people: the Program Chairs who will be mentoring the apprentices and the XSV subcommittee. All members of the selection committee will read your application and the three supporting letters of nomination. We will be looking for evidence of commitment to SIGGRAPH through your prior student-volunteering work and your evolving experience within the broad domains of computer graphics and interactive techniques. The letters of support will be critical in helping the committee to differentiate among the applicants. Finalists will be contacted for one-on-one interviews in late November or early December.

See Things to consider when asking for a nomination letter. TOP

22. When can I expect to get notified?
All notifications will be sent out in early December 2005. TOP

23. I've been accepted. Now what?
You will be contacted by the Program Chair who will be mentoring you, and you will begin immediately in your role as an apprentice member of that subcommittee. TOP