Students, from community college to doctoral programs, make up just over half of PSA members and conference attendees. One of PSA’s main missions is to support future sociologists. Therefore, students are able to participate in PSA in many ways.
Membership/Registration Students pay a special membership rate of $25/year and lower pre-registration of $30 ($45 for registration just before/at the conference).
Presenting at PSA Undergraduate students can submit to present their work at the conference in one of two formats–a poster or roundtable session.
Graduate students can submit to present their work in regular sessions for research in progress or formal papers, and then will present alongside faculty and other professional sociologists/etc.
PSA strives to be an inclusive and supportive place for students to make their first presentations. If your submission is complete (provides the requested information), it is very likely that it will be accepted. PSA provides 50 Student Travel Grants of $125 to students who are presenting, have prepaid membership and registration, and then apply and are randomly selected from the pool of applicants. Applications are accepted in January/February each year through the PSA website.
The submission system is usually open from about July 1 to October 15 each year, with the conference scheduled sometime from mid-March to mid-April.
Attending the PSA Conference Student registrants are welcome to attend any of the more than 200 sessions at the conference, and often report amazement at the wide variety of topics addressed through presenters’ research. Attending sessions on topics you are interested in can be a great way to explore sociology and think about your future as a sociologist!
PSA offers 40 Registration Waivers each year for students who are not presenting their research. Applications for waivers can be made on the PSA website in January/February, and recipients are randomly selected from the pool of applicants.
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. In 2017, PSA held its first Grad Fair, where representatives from various graduate schools in the PSA region staffed tables to meet undergraduate students and share information about their programs. Look for Grad Fair again at PSA 2018!
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 find information on this when you sign up for your PSA membership. Each year, one graduate student is elected to the governing Council (Board). Students also can volunteer to help at the PSA registration area and at various events, and receive complimentary membership and registration. Signups for volunteers go up on the website each January–and slots fill up very quickly!