William and Mary

Leadership Opportunities

The William & Mary Arts and Sciences Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) is the only broadly themed, graduate student focused conference designed to bring together graduate students from differing areas of study and from all stages of the degree process.  The GRS organizing committee is composed of an inspired group of William & Mary (W&M) graduate students dedicated to developing strategies for running a professional and interdisciplinary conference.  With over 155 presenters from the College of William & Mary and surrounding regional universities, the GRS gives you, as a William & Mary graduate student, the opportunity to step up and take on volunteer positions as leaders and integral members on the symposium planning team.  The GRS organizing committee includes ten different leadership positions.  If you are a current W&M graduate student and want to get involved, please send us an email.

Graduate Research Symposium Committee Leadership Positions:

Humanities and Sciences Chairs:  Will jointly ensure the successful execution of the annual Graduate Research Symposium.  Each is responsible for the creation of event guidelines and materials that are congruent with the practices of their respective disciplines.  Their duties will include, but are not limited to appointing GRS committee members, presiding over GRS committee meetings, initiating a Call for Abstracts, selection of participants, communication with accepted and declined applicants, creation of event program, establishing evaluation criteria, and awards.

Computer/Technical Manager: Assists the Humanities and Sciences Chairs in the coordination, organization, and implementation of the Graduate Research Symposium, including room setup and presentations (a/v).

Volunteer Coordinator:  Will plan, organize, and manage the event volunteers. Duties include assigning volunteer tasks, creating volunteer schedules, and overseeing registration procedures during the event.

Speaker Coordinator:  Identify and contact potential speaker(s).  Duties include the arranging and providing of guest speaker(s) travel, lodging, honorarium, and all other needs.

Internal Communication Specialist:  Will be responsible for marketing the event to the College of William and Mary faculty, staff, and students.  Duties include the design and delivery of brochures and flyers, frequent email communication, and selected invitations to guest participants (e.g., President, Provost, Vice Provost, Deans, and Departmental Directors of Graduate Studies).

External Communication Specialist:  Will be responsible for marketing the GRS to the Williamsburg community and regional universities.  Duties include but are not limited to the design of advertising copy, press releases, and correspondence with departmental chairs at regional universities.

Web Master:  Will create and maintain the Graduate Research Symposium web site, including the development of web-based forms and the maintenance of a web database.

Sponsor CoordinatorWill be responsible for securing sponsors for the event.  A sponsor can provide either financial or “gift-in-kind” support.