It’s always exciting to be the one sharing good news. It is my pleasure to announce a generous donation made by longtime SC advocate Jack Dongarra, this year’s ACM A.M. Turing Award winner. SC22 previously announced that Dr. Dongarra has chosen SC22 as the forum where he will deliver his Turing Lecture. In addition, Dr. Dongarra has donated his entire SC22 speaker’s honorarium to the Students@SC program. This generous donation will be used to support the travel costs for the SC22 Lead Student Volunteers (LSVs).
LSVs are previous student volunteers who are selected to help plan the current conference and serve as managers for the army of student volunteers who help staff the conference. They work directly with the planning committee as junior committee members gaining exposure and experience as an SC committee member. This opportunity allows students to foster professional relationships by working alongside the committee members. Additionally, it provides a fantastic pathway for students who are interested in becoming full committee members once they finish their studies, or who just want to learn how to organize events to become leaders in the research community.
The conference planning committee, which is comprised of more than 700 volunteers, relies on LSVs and student volunteers for the additional help needed to ensure a successful conference. Student volunteers perform a wide range of tasks for the SC Conference, such as working the information booth and staffing conference activities. Student volunteers work 15–20 hours during the conference, allowing plenty of time to engage in important educational and career-advancing activities such as tutorials, technical talks, panels, poster sessions, and workshops, as well as explore the Exhibit Hall.