​Volunteer Information

Continuing Education and Outreach relies heavily on volunteers to run the STEM Exploration Day events. Each event includes 40 or more presenters and between 350-550 participants.  This many people requires a well-organized and seamless program and we need reliable volunteers, like you, to help us be successful!  

Why Volunteer?

The conferences rely heavily on volunteers.  Each event includes 40 or more presenters and between 350-550 participants.  This many people requires a well-organized and seamless program.  The event provides you an opportunity to network with STEM professionals, support a community outreach program and the initiative of the program, and to engage in a university activity.  

Conference at a Glance​
Registration and Exhibit Exploration (Dreyfus University Center (DUC)) ​8  - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Presentation (DUC) ​9 - 9:45 a.m.
​Escorts take students to Workshop A (from DUC) 9:45 a.m. - 10 a.m.​
Workshop A​ (Various campus buildings) ​10  - 11 a.m.
Escorts pick up students from Workshop A and take them to Lunch (DUC) 11 - 11:15 a.m.​
Lunch​ (DUC)​ 11  - 11:45 a.m.​
Escorts take students to Workshop B (from DUC) 11:45 a.m. - noon​
Workshop B​ ​(Various campus buildings) noon - 1 p.m.​
Escorts pick up students from Workshop B and go to the Sundial 1 - 1:07 p.m.​
​Students locate Workshop C escorts (Sundial) and are escorted to Workshop C 1:08 - 1:15 p.m.​
Workshop C​ (Various campus buildings) 1:15  - 2:15 p.m.​
Escorts pick up students from Workshop C and are escorted to HEC 2:15 - 2:30 p.m.​
End of Conference​ (Health Enhancement Center (HEC)) ​2:30 p.m.

Volunteer Options

The two volunteer options are escort or workshop helper.  You may do both and we prefer that you do.


The attending students are minors, so they are escorted to each location change during the event. Escorts will take groups of approximately 15-30 students to each location throughout the day.  Escorts carry a workshop sign and wear a white lab coat (fits over your coat), so students can locate them easily.  These visual identifiers work great for the attendees...plus, lab coats are just really cool! 

Workshop Helpers 
Some presenters ask for volunteers to help them within their workshops.  Workshop helpers are not required to
assist with the presentation but are there to assist the presenter with handing out materials and will support
the presentation being presented.  There is no academic requirement to be a workshop helper.   We do our best to place you with a professional in your academic area of study.
Workshop helpers will be assigned to a workshop prior to the event by event staff.  Volunteers who can help for all three workshops will be given first priority when selecting volunteers. You must be able to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the workshop you will assist in. You will not be contacted by the presenter prior to the workshop but will need to be on time and committed.  You may escort and be a workshop helper.

Volunteer Expectations
Each volunteer is asked to be timely, professional, committed, and have a positive attitude while representing the university on behalf of Continuing Education and Outreach. Many attendees have never visited UW-Stevens Point or any university before, so we want to make the event a positive one for the students. Energized and engaged volunteers make the event fun for everyone involved, including the event staff!  
A volunteer assignment schedule is prepared ahead of time.  Presenters are told how many volunteers will be assisting them and we notify each escort of their volunteering assignment and location.   Please be aware that attendees pay $40 per person to attend this event and they expect it to run as advertised.  Should you not be able to volunteer, and not show up, you will cause a significant disruption in our pre-determined schedule.  If you are unable to volunteer, please try to provide us with a week notice.  We want to provide a seamless event and do so by being as prepared as possible.  

University Policy, Volunteer Agreement and Liability

This event is catered to minors.  University policy states that one-on-one contact between adults and minors is prohibited.  For every presenter, presenting alone, an escort or volunteer will be placed in the workshop so that  no adult is presenting alone. Additionally, as a volunteer, you will be asked to complete a volunteer agreement and liability form at the time of signup. 

Complimentary Items

Volunteers are given a complimentary lunch and a t-shirt.  When signing up, please indicate your t-shirt size and if you want the lunch.  Lunch will be served from 11-11:45 a.m. in the Dreyfus University Laird room as well as in room DUC 235 (kitchenette).


Volunteers will receive an event t-shirt.

Signup Form

The volunteer signup is in the form of an electronic survey.  You will be asked your contact information, which volunteer option you would like to do, your availability, and a few other questions.   Click here to signup.

STEM Exploration Day for Girls on Friday, February 26, 2016.  We will need volunteers for that event too and a new survey will be posted here in January, 2016. 

Other STEM Exploration Days