Walk up to any computer graphics professional at SIGGRAPH and ask about the first time they attended the conference. Odds are good that their earliest experience was as a student volunteer.
ACM SIGGRAPH's "Spend a Week at SIGGRAPH" program provides a limited number of high school students unrestricted access to the conference; a full week of immersion in cutting-edge computer graphics technology, art and research.
According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer science is one of the country's fastest growing occupational fields. By 2020, the BLS estimates there will be 4.2 million computing and IT jobs in the United States alone.
Until February 9, 2014 at 22:00 GMT, applications for student volunteer positions at SIGGRAPH 2014 are open. Volunteering at SIGGRAPH is an excellent way for students to get involved with the conference and network with leaders in their chosen field. When not working, SIGGRAPH 2014 student volunteers have full access to the conference programs and the exhibit hall.
The ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee has issued a Call for Participation for the Faculty Submitted Student Art Exhibit at SIGGRAPH 2013. The curated exhibit is open to all faculty working at Secondary/High School through University levels. Please submit images of work by your best students accompanied by the assigned project by June 1, 2013.
The exhibit is open to any content area; art, animation, graphic design, game design, architecture, visualization, etc.