Undergraduate Student Activities & Resources at the 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans
From 2016 to 2017, undergraduate membership in the AAG grew by 54% and over 400 undergraduates attended the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting. This year over 500 undergrads have already registered to attend the upcoming meeting in New Orleans! At the Annual Meeting, students are encouraged to network with their peers and colleagues, expand their involvement in and understanding of the discipline of geography, and learn skills to build their careers. To celebrate and engage this important and growing part of the AAG community, there will be many events, activities, and resources geared for undergraduate students in attendance in New Orleans.
- Newcomers’ Guide to the Meeting: Is it your first time attending an Annual Meeting? Check out this handy guide for tips and tricks to navigating the largest geography conference in the world.
- AAG Mobile App: Access and search all meeting events and sessions, organize your schedule, connect with other attendees, and more through the AAG Mobile App (free!). Learn more about its functionality with this handy tip sheet and/or download it today.
- Welcome to the AAG Panel: New to the Annual Meeting? This panel session will serve as an introduction to the meeting, and a venue for newcomers to ask questions as well as meet other conference attendees. Panel participants have diverse experience with the AAG annual meeting, and will provide advice to attendees on how to make the most of the meeting. Topics discussed will include how to decide what sessions to attend, advice on making the most of the networking with exhibitors, and more.
- Social Media: In addition to the official meeting hashtag, #AAG2018, consider also using #AAGUndergrads to interact with other undergraduates in attendance and to build your peer and professional network via social media. Follow the AAG (@theAAG) for news and events throughout the week (and @theAAG on Instagram). Follow @AAGUndergrads or like AAG Undergrads to hear from the AAG Undergraduate Student Affinity Group.
- Snapchat Filter: Speaking of social media, be sure to check out the AAG 2018 Annual Meeting Snapchat Filter! The Filter will be available from 3pm, April 9th to 6pm, April 14th within the Marriott.
- Undergraduate Presentations List: We are happy to have so many undergraduate students making presentations! We encourage undergrads to meet and support each other by attending undergraduate presentations (and encourage all attendees to attend undergraduate presentations to support and encourage our young scholars). To this end, we’ve compiled a list of 2018 Annual Meeting undergraduate presentations, organized by date and time.
- Student Competition Sessions List: To see student presentations, be sure to check out some of the student competition and honors sessions sponsored by different AAG Specialty Groups. Undergrads and grad students present papers and posters as finalists for awards (which sometimes include monetary prizes!). Here’s a list of all student competition sessions organized by date and time.
- Photo Scavenger Hunt for Attendees: Looking for a fun way to explore the Annual Meeting? Tackle our Photo Scavenger Hunt designed for attendees to help discover different aspects of the meeting. View and download the ‘Photo Scavenger Hunt’ PDF under ‘Essentials’ in the AAG Mobile app. The first three attendees to show their completed set of photos and checklist to AAG Staff at the AAG Meridian (Acadia Foyer, 3rd Floor, Marriott) will each get $25 credit towards AAG swag. Everyone who completes this challenge will receive a special New Orleans specific prize – AAG beads (while supplies last)!
- Exhibit Hall: Think the Exhibit Hall is just for faculty or those further along in their careers? Think again! The Exhibit Hall has lots of potential resources for students. Peruse books and textbooks available from publishers, talk with representatives from professional organizations to see what resources they offer, learn about graduate programs at universities, discover free datasets from public sector agencies, discuss technologies to assist with data collection from the companies who make them, and more! The Exhibit Hall (Acadia Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Marriott) is open from Wednesday, April 11th to Friday, April 13th 9am – 6pm (closes at 1:30pm on Friday).
- Student Networking Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall: Speaking of the exhibit hall, be sure to check out the Student Networking Happy Hour 3-5pm on April 12th. Meet other students, network with professionals, and explore the exhibit hall.
- AAG Jobs & Careers Center: Looking for career resources, workshops to improve your skills, or even a chance to speak with potential employers? Be sure to check out the numerous sessions, workshops, and resources at the Jobs & Careers Center located in Studios 1, 2 & 3 of the Marriott, Second Floor. It provides a central location for job seekers, students, and professionals to interact with one another and to learn more about careers and professional development for geographers.
- Career Mentoring: The advice of a mentor can help prepare you for success in today’s competitive job market. The AAG has assembled a team of experienced geography professionals, faculty members, and advanced students to provide one-on-one and small-group consultation about careers in a variety of industries and employment sectors. Topics for discussion might include creating resumes and cover letters that will grab an employer’s attention, finding jobs where you can put your geography skills and training to work, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more. Career mentoring sessions will take place April 10-13, each morning from 10:00 to 11:40 am.
- School Graffiti Wall at the International Reception: Music, refreshments, and catching up with colleagues new and old are all features of the International Reception. Consider also adding to our graffiti wall by drawing the logo, mascot, or name of your university! The International Reception takes place Wednesday, April 11th, 7-9pm (Grand Ballroom, 5th Floor, Sheraton). Don’t miss it!
- Undergraduate Student Affinity Group Business Meeting: Get involved in the AAG’s newest Affinity group just for YOU – undergrads. Meet your current board members, provide input on USAG activities, and get involved! Attend the USAG business meeting on Friday, April 13th at 11:50am (Mid-City Room, Sheraton, 8th Floor).
- World Geography Bowl: Attend and cheer on fellow students competing in this annual event! The bowl takes place on Wednesday, April 11th, from 7:30pm – 11:30 pm in Bayside A-C, Oak Alley, and Nottoway, 4th Floor, Sheraton.
- AAG Meridian: The AAG is much more than just an Annual Meeting. Stop by the AAG Meridian (Acadia Foyer, 3rd Floor, Marriott) to talk with AAG staff about the many programs and resources available and the work of the association year round. You can also shop for some AAG swag!
- AAG Snapshot on Student Membership: Becoming an AAG member for the first time upon registering for your 1st AAG Annual Meeting? Learn more about how to make the most out of your student membership (there’s a lot more than just discounted meeting registration!).
- French Quarter Festival: And I’m sure you won’t forget that you have New Orleans to explore as well! In fact, there will be a free music festival right outside the Annual Meeting, the French Quarter Festival, April 12th-15th!
Undergraduate students can join the AAG for just $38 per year and receive a range of member benefits including online access to scholarly journals and publications, exclusive access to the Jobs in Geography listings, and reduced rates for Annual Meeting and other event registration. Joining the Undergraduate Student Affinity Group only costs an additional $1 per year. Check out the USAG website, USAG Twitter account, or USAG Facebook page for more information.