Moderators' Page

The Moderator's Motto:
Somebody has to herd the cats.

Herding Cats

Presentations at academic conferences are almost always done at “break-out sessions.” After everyone has met for a morning “plenary” session, the conference attendees spread out across the conference venue to find presentations that interest them.

Break-out sessions are usually fairly small. Each includes more than one student presentation, and it’s the moderator’s job to make sure the session runs smoothly.

Most conferences we attend are cross-disciplinary. In these environments, the moderator isn’t expected to lead a dialogue, chair a panel, or do anything else that involves familiarity with the subject. The main duties are making introductions, keeping everyone to schedule, and calling for audio-visual or other assistance if needed.

The moderators at the IVC/SC Student Research Symposium will have very much the same duties as do the moderators at the Honors Transfer Council of California Building Bridges Conference. Because the duties are so similar (WARNING: Conference schedules are different!), you can check out your duties here:

The information below is for the IVC/SC Student Research Symposium ONLY.

We will try to have two moderators per session. 

To volunteer, please send the following to

  • Your name
  • Your student ID#
  • Your college (Irvine Valley or Saddleback)
  • Your major
  • Your school e-mail address ( or, for all communications
  • A cell phone number at which you can be reached on the day of the conference, if available
  • Any times you will not be available between 7:15 am and 3:00 pm on that day

If you have further questions, please email them to that same address.