Student Activities & Resources at AAG 2019 DC

Undergraduate and graduate students make up a large and important portion of AAG Annual Meeting attendees. To celebrate and engage this important and growing part of the AAG community, there will be many events, activities, and resources geared for students in attendance in DC.  We encourage students 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. Be sure to read through the items below to make the most of the meeting…and to find how you could win a free student registration to the 2020 meeting in Denver!

Preparing for the Meeting (for both first time and returning student attendees!)

  • Newcomers’ Guide to the 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 and/or download it today.
  • Social MediaUse the official meeting hashtag, #aagDC, to interact with other attendees and to build your peer and professional network via social media.  Follow the AAG (@theAAG) for news and events throughout the week. You can also follow @AAGUndergrads (account for the Undergraduate Student Affinity Group).
  • Welcome to the AAG Panel: This panel session serves 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 and will provide advice to attendees on how to make the most of the meeting.
  • Undergraduate Presentations List: Hundreds of undergrads not only attend, but also present at the Annual Meeting every year! We encourage students and all attendees to support and encourage our earliest early career scholars. We’ve compiled a list of undergrad first-authored presentations, organized by date and time. The list is available under Essentials in the Mobile App and online.
  • Student Competition Sessions List: Check out some of the student competition and honors sessions sponsored by different AAG Specialty Groups and organizations. Undergrads and grad students present papers and posters competing for awards which sometimes include monetary prizes! A list of all competitions open to students will be available under Essentials in the Mobile App and online.


Special Events, Sessions, and Meetings

  • Student Networking Social: All students are invited to this social to have some fun and make connections that carry through the Annual Meeting and beyond! Wear your school colors or other university apparel (though not required!); enter our raffle for AAG swag and free student registration to the 2020 meeting in Denver; and meet representatives from departments, federal agencies, and businesses to learn about opportunities and resources for students. The social takes place Wednesday, April 3, 4:30-6:10 p.m. (Ballroom Salon 1, Marriott, lobby level). It is immediately before and right next door to the Opening Plenary at 6:20 so students can attend both to get their 2019 Annual Meeting off to a great start. 
  • 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 Thursday, April 4, 7-9 p.m. (Ballroom Salon 1 & 2, Marriott).  Two drink tickets are provided in your registration packet.
  • World Geography Bowl: Attend and cheer on fellow students competing in this annual event!  The bowl takes place on Thursday, April 4, starting at 7 p.m. (Maryland and Virginia Rooms, Marriott). There are several rounds of competition, so even if you head to the International Reception, be sure to swing by the World Geography Bowl afterwards!
  • Career Mentoring: 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, choosing a graduate program, developing your personal and professional networks, long-term career planning, and more. Career mentoring sessions will take place April 3-6, each morning from 9:55 - 11:35 a.m. (Wilson B, Mezzanine Level, Marriott)
  • Undergraduate Geography Experience Sessions: Curious as to how different geography undergrad programs and departments compare to each other? Interested in discussing the challenges and opportunities for undergraduate geography education? Attend the two session series on The Undergraduate Geography Experience, where 21 presenters (both faculty and students) from 19 institutions across the US will present about their departments (April 5, 1:10 - 4:45 p.m., Marriott, Lobby Level - Maryland C).
  • Student Affinity Group Business Meetings: Get involved in the AAG’s Affinity groups just for YOU - Undergrads and Grad Students.  Meet your current board members, provide input on activities, and get involved!  Attend the Undergrad (USAG) business meeting on Friday, April 5, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Marriott, Mezzanine Level, Cleveland 2). Attend the Graduate (GSAG) business meeting on Friday, April 5, 6:50 - 7:50 p.m. (Marriott, Mezzanine Level, Jackson).


Meeting Areas to Visit

  • Exhibit Hall: Peruse books and textbooks available from publishers, talk with representatives from professional organizations to see what resources they offer, learn about 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 (Exhibit Hall B and C, Exhibition Level, Marriott) is open from Thursday, April 4th to Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closes at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday).
  • 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. Sessions will take place in Wilson A, B & C of the Marriott, Mezzanine Level. The Jobs & Careers display area will be located in the Atrium on the exhibition level of the Marriott.
  • AAG Meridian Space: The AAG is much more than just an Annual Meeting. Stop by the AAG Meridian Space (Atrium, Exhibition Level, 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!

 Students can join the AAG for just $38 or $49 per year (undergrads and grad students respectively) 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.

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