Co-curricular record

University of Manitoba students who complete 10 approved hours of attending STAR meetings and volunteering at the Spring Research Symposium will be eligible for their co-curricular record.

We will not be meeting in person for this year's 38th Annual Spring Research Symposium due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we look forward to having our student volunteer join us in person next year.

Join us online for this year's event.

To receive the Volunteering and participation credit on your co-curricular record, students need to complete 10 combined hours of attending Students Targeting Aging Research (STAR) meetings and volunteering at the Centre on Aging's annual Spring Research Symposium. Hours must be approved by Centre staff and completed over the course of an academic year.

Volunteering at the Spring Research Symposium

As a student volunteer, you play an important role in contributing to the success of the Centre on Aging’s Annual Spring Research Symposium. Volunteers assist Centre staff with providing Symposium support for the staff, presenters, attendees, and sponsors by helping the event run smoothly, and providing our attendees with an overall positive experience.

What are the benefits of being a volunteer?

  • Network and connect with practitioners and professionals from around the province. Learn about senior serving organizations and how these professionals support older people in the community.
  • Learn first hand about current aging related research from Centre on Aging research affiliates by attending the plenary and concurrent sessions, and taking part in the Symposium workshops.
  • Add volunteer services to your CV and resume.
  • Gain official University of Manitoba credit for your co-curricular record, for approved volunteer and participation hours through volunteering and attending Students Targeting Aging Research (STAR) meetings.
  • Receive training related to your volunteer position.
  • As a volunteer, food and beverages will be supplied for the duration of your volunteer shift.
  • If you do not have an assignment during a particular time slot, you are encouraged to attend sessions occurring during that time period to maximize your Symposium experience.
  • We welcome students of our Research Affiliates attending post-secondary institutions in Manitoba who are interested in volunteering.

Note:Students residing outside of the Winnipeg area who are interested in volunteering, please note that accommodations and parking are not included as part of volunteer benefits.

  • A graduate student chairs a concurrent presentation at the spring research symposium.
  • Student involvement

    One of the volunteer roles for students includes serving as session chair during plenary session presentations.

Spring Research Symposium volunteer position descriptions

Students can sign up for one or more of the volunteer positions.

Volunteers must be available during the week preceding the Symposium (generally the last week in April) for mandatory volunteer training.  Multiple sessions will be provided and volunteers will be expected to attend one session.

Register attendees at the registration desk

  • Provide name tags and programs to attendees
  • Collect lunch money from attendees (cash or cheque only)
  • Direct attendees to the different lecture theatres on Bannatyne campus
  • In cases of older adults or people with mobility issues, walking those who require help to the lecture theatres
  • Answering general questions about the symposium
  • Refresh the Centre on Aging’s exhibit
  • Direct Centre related questions to Centre staff
  • Microphone person
  • During the Q and A period, bring the microphone to audience members asking questions

Microphone person

During the Q and A period, bring the microphone to audience members asking questions

Session chairs

Chairs are assigned by Centre staff; graduate students chair concurrent sessions.

  • Contact presenter(s) to check on presentation requirements (AV equipment, handouts, etc.)
  • Act as secondary go between for Centre on Aging staff and presenter
  • Chair concurrent session, keep presenter on time, and moderate question and answer period
  • Introduce and thank presenter
  • Write short summary of session to be posted on the Centre on Aging’s web site

Provide general assistance

  • Duties include directing symposium attendees to lecture theatres and other areas on campus (washrooms, lunch area, elevator, poster/exhibit areas)
  • Monitoring lunch areas and break food to ensure only those wearing a name badge are permitted to take food
  • Setting up/take down the poster display area
  • Set up/take down symposium signage, Centre displays, registration booth during the morning and at the end of the day

Note taker

When symposium workshops are held that includes group sessions, students serve as group note takers

Workshop facilitator

  • When symposium workshops are held and additional facilitators are needed, graduate students may be approached to serve as group facilitators
  • Students are given facilitation questions ahead of time

Contact us

Centre on Aging
338 Isbister Building
183 Dafoe Rd
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-8754
Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm