WSC 2017: Rochester

From 30 July-5 August 2017, the International Baccalaureate® (IB) will hold a World Student Conference at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA.

At the conference, students will come together to explore the theme 'Defining and defying boundaries'.

Many real-world issues such as digital privacy, human migration, the exclusive nature of political participation or the viral spread of disease prove that boundaries defy easy definition. Students will hear from experts and collaborate with IB peers to take an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the notion of boundaries in their own communities, specifically as pertains to negotiating boundary conflicts.

 

Scholarships 

We will offer the following scholarships for the 2017 IB World Student Conferences (IBWSCs):

CAS Connection Scholarship

Available to IB World Schools that sent students to one of the 2016 conferences. Click here to apply. 

IBWSC Newbies Scholarship

Available for IB World Schools that have never sent students to IBWSCs in the past. Click here to apply.

Information for CAS Connection and IBWSC Newbies applicants

Applicants for these scholarships should download the below sample project plans from the 2016 conferences, then follow the instructions in the relevant form to complete the application process.

Project plan: 'The Fate of

Your Plate' [20KB] 

Project plan: 'Feeding the Future' [18KB]  Project plan: 'Global Citizen Club'  [21KB]  Project plan: 'Nine Billion Forks' [50KB] 
Project plan: 'You Can't Be Sued, So Give Us Your Food!' [18KB]  Project plan: 'No Waste Day' [21KB]  Project plan: 'Small Steps' [212KB]  Project plan: 'Cultural Connections' [22KB] 

 

Chris Mannix Scholarship

Available for all CP students. Click here to apply before 31 March.

IB Need-Based Scholarship

Available for DP and CP students who could not otherwise attend an IBWSC for financial reasons. The deadline for applications has now passed.

Opportunities for educators

There are several opportunities for IB educators to take part in this IBWSC. 

Global Action Team Leaders

Global Action Team Leaders play a very significant role at an IBWSC. These are IB educators who volunteer to facilitate a Global Action Team (GAT) of approximately 20 students as they discuss the conference theme and work toward an action plan for a Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) project related to that theme.

The conference Programme Director plans each GAT session with intended outcomes, possible discussion questions, knowledge questions, and activities that could be used in each GAT session.

A Global Action Team Leader's duties generally take place during the day. They are responsible for their travel to the conference city, but have no other conference expenses. Please apply by completing the GAT Leader application form. 

Read about the roles and responsibilities of a GAT Leader [311KB] 

Chaperones

Every IBWSC provides adult chaperones to live in the dorm with their chaperone group of 10-12 gender-specific students.

Chaperones serve as the principal adult contact for the students during the conference. Their role is to monitor the conduct of the students and keep them safe. They are generally responsible for the students from their evening activity until the first plenary the next morning.

Like Global Action Team Leaders, chaperones are responsible for their travel to the conference city but have no other conference expenses. To apply to become an IBWSC chaperone, please complete the chaperone application form.  

Read about the roles and responsibilities of a Chaperone [304KB] 

Student Leaders

Student Leaders are recent DP or CP graduates who are no longer eligible for participation in the conference but would like to experience the conference by working to assist the Global Action Team Leaders, Chaperones, or other conference officials.

Like GAT Leaders and Chaperones, Student Leaders are responsible for their travel to the conference city, but have no other conference expenses.

The deadline for submitting the Student Leader application is March 1, 2017.

Observers

Observers are adults who would like to attend and observe the conference but not take on the role of a conference chaperone or Global Action Team Leader.

These could be teachers or parents who are traveling with a student group attending the conference, or possibly IB educators or university officials who are interested in hosting a future conference.

Observers should, however, have some connection to an IB World School or university. 

The registration fee for each IBWSC varies slightly according to the operating costs at each location and covers ground transportation, conference meals, and programme. It does not include accommodation. The hosting university will provide a list of nearby hotels and it is the responsibility of observers to make their own hotel bookings.