Student Activities & Resources at AAG 2020 Denver

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 Denver.  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 2021 meeting in Seattle!

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.
  • Online Session and Abstract Galleries: You can also explore the meeting by searching the online galleries of submitted abstracts and scheduled sessions. Use a variety of search functions (including keywords, author affiliation, and more) to discover the interesting and evolving content that will be showcased in Denver and highlight events relevant to your interests and work.
  • Social Media: Use 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. Undergrads, 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.


Special Events, Sessions, and Meetings

In addition to exploring the thousands of paper, poster, and panel sessions at the meeting, consider also checking out the following:

  • AAG for Everyone — Breakfast social and welcome address: Enjoy a complimentary full breakfast with colleagues and meet AAG’s new Executive Director Gary Langham as he shares his vision and strategic direction of AAG in the coming years. This all-inclusive event which will set the tone for AAG 2020 Denver and for the future. This social and welcome address is on Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. in Plaza Ballroom A, Concourse level, Sheraton
  • 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!) and enter our raffle for free student registration to the 2021 meeting in Seattle. Beverages and snacks will be provided and AAG staff will be on hand to answer questions you may have about the organization, meeting, and more. The social is Wednesday, April 8th from 12:30 - 1:40 p.m. in Plaza Ballroom A, Concourse Level in the Sheraton.
  • School Graffiti Wall at the Welcome Reception:  Music, refreshments, and catching up with colleagues new and old are all features of the Welcome Reception.  Consider also adding to our graffiti wall by drawing the logo, mascot, or name of your university! The Welcome Reception takes place Tuesday, April 7, 7-9 p.m. in the Sheraton (check the mobile app soon for the specific room location).
  • World Geography Bowl: Attend and cheer on fellow students competing in this annual event!  The bowl takes place on Tuesday, April 4, starting at 6:45 p.m. (Sheraton, Concourse Level, Governor's Square). There are several rounds of competition, so even if you head to the Welcome Reception first, be sure to swing by the World Geography Bowl afterwards!
  • Exhibitor Presentations: A two session series where exhibitors will present about their companies and organizations (e.g. projects/programs, available resources, career opportunities). Participants include the US Census Bureau, Pix4D, Avenza Systems, the American Meteorological Association, and more. The sessions are Tuesday, April 7, 4:00 - 5:15 PM and Wednesday, April 8, 3:20 - 4:35 PM in Mineral D/E, third floor, Hyatt.
  • 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 6-9, each morning from 11:10 a.m.-12:25 p.m. (except Tuesday, 11:50 a.m.-1:05 p.m.) in the Hyatt, Third Floor, Mineral Hall B/C. (For more career related sessions, see the Jobs & Careers Center description below).
  • 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 Thursday, April 9, 12:30 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. (Sheraton, Concourse Level, Plaza Court 1). Attend the Graduate (GSAG) business meeting on Wednesday, April 8, 7:20 - 8:20 pm. (Sheraton, Concourse Level, Plaza Court 10).

Meeting Areas to Visit

  • Exhibit Hall: The exhibit hall at the AAG Annual Meeting features 50+ companies and organizations from the private, public, academic, and non-profit sectors. 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 is in Centennial Ballroom, Third Floor, Hyatt, and is open from Tuesday, April 7th to Thursday, April 9th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (closes at 1:30pm on Thursday).
  • 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 Mineral Hall A, B/C and D/E on the Third Floor of the Hyatt and a careers information table will be staffed and accessible each day for general questions, information, and resources. 
  • AAG Meridian Space: The AAG is much more than just an Annual Meeting. Stop by the AAG Meridian Space (Centennial Ballroom Foyer, Third Floor, Hyatt) 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 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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