Sessions and Events for Students at PSA 2020

See also the For Students page


Student Travel Grants  PSA provides 50 Student Travel Grants of $200 to students who are presenting, have prepaid membership and registration, and then apply and are randomly selected from the pool of applicants. Applications for 2020 Student Travel Grants are open until Feb. 15, 2020


Student Registration Waivers   PSA offers 40 Registration Waivers each year for students who are not presenting their research.  A registration waiver allows the student recipient to attend any/all sessions and events at the PSA conference without paying a registration fee. It does not provide any funding for travel, lodging, food, etc. Recipients are randomly selected from the pool of applicants.  Registration waiver recipients do not receive membership. Applications for 2020 Student Registration Waivers are open until Feb. 15, 2020.


Volunteer to help at the PSA registration area at the conference  This is a great way to learn more about PSA and meet people. Signups for volunteers are open now–and slots fill up very quickly!  Student volunteers are able to receive up to a $50 reimbursement for necessary travel-related costs (transportation, lodging, food) in order to serve as a volunteer, by submitting receipts after the conference.   Watch for emails from PSA; volunteer slots are filled based on who responds to confirm that they will serve in the slot they are offered.  Follow this link to apply to be a student volunteer at PSA 2020.


Sessions and events for students     Each year the PSA Student Affairs Committee and other committees sponsor some special sessions aimed at students–on topics like applying for graduate school, getting a job teaching at a community college, how to make the most of your conference experience, and much more. Sessions planned for 2020 include:
Grounding Social Justice in Classical Theory: Can Sociology Liberate Us? sponsored by the Committee on Rights, Liberties, and Social Justice
Using Sociology: Students and Alumni Apply Sociological Skills to Their Careers sponsored by the Committee on Practicing and Applied Sociology
Practical Approaches: Sociology to Professional World: Marketing Sociology as a Skill Set for New Graduates sponsored by the Committee on Practicing and Applied Sociology
Getting Jobs in Academia
Socio-Poetics and Storytelling
sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Grad Fair  Meet with representatives from graduate programs in sociology across the PSA region
Be The Change You Wish To See In The World:  Teaching At The Community College
Balancing Teaching and Graduate Study: Lessons by and for Graduate Students
by Alpha Kappa Delta

Each year the PSA Student Affairs Committee holds a Student Reception with free food, book giveaways, games and prizes, and lots of chances to meet and mingle with students and faculty from other schools.  Students are also welcome to attend other receptions for more food, fun, and mingling.

Other Ways to Participate in PSA     Students are able to be appointed to most PSA committees; you can attend a committee meeting, and express your interested in being appointed (or do so via your PSA account). Each year, one graduate student  is elected to the governing Council (Board).


Undergraduate Student Problem Solving Competition (USPSC) The USPSC provides students with a meaningful way to exercise their sociological skills by responding to a problem/challenge posed by a local community organization.  Students work in teams of 2 to 4, and must have a faculty sponsor from their school. More than one team from a school may participate.  Teams will be given a statement of the problem one week prior to the conference. They then must attend a session in the afternoon of the first day of the conference to hear more about the problem and the community organization. Teams will present their solutions at a special session on the afternoon of the third day of the conference.

Sign up your team here: https://forms.gle/38Yoh8doN9yzKmj96


PSA will again hold a Grad Fair at the 2020 conference on Friday, March 27, 3:30-5:00 pm.

Graduate programs can register, using the form below, to have a table at the event. This is a great chance to get out word about your program to an audience of highly motivated sociology undergraduates! The cost is $100 for the table.

Grad Fair organizers are Kristy Shih, CSU Long Beach, and Sharon Elise, CSU San Marcos.

Follow this link to fill out Grad Fair table registration form