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Student Saturday

We are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Student Saturday on November 23, 2013 at the 112th AAA Annual Meeting in Chicago! 

Student Saturday was developed to encourage anthropology students to attend the AAA annual meetings and provide programming of particular interest to them.  This event includes the annual Graduate School Fair in addition to special programs designed specifically for students joining us in Chicago. Anthropology students may attend Student Saturday at the discounted rate of only $50 for one-day admission.  Registration includes access to all regular sessions and special events on Saturday.  Special Programming will include:

  • 5th Annual Graduate School Fair from 10am-2pm in the Chicago Hilton Salon C - Exhibit Hall
  • Trivia (with great prizes!) and free snacks (!!!) at the Graduate School Fair
  • Section Summit to discuss career opportunities in anthropology from 12:15 - 1:30pm in Chicago Hilton Salon A-2
  • Peer Mentoring for Rising Scholars: Student Peer Panel and Small Group Discussions from 12:15 - 1:30 in Chicago Hilton Lake Ontario Room
  • Success in Anthropology: The Place of Internships and Practica roundtable from 4 - 5:45 in the Renaissance Metra
  • Sessions, workshops, roundtables, poster sessions, and film screenings of particular interest to students

This Student Guide to the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association includes tips for student attendees, a schedule of special events and suggested sessions, as well as a Guide to Annual Meeting Terms. View it now and receive a copy on-site when you register for Student Saturday.

To register for Student Saturday, please visit the online registration page. A tutorial on how to register can be found here

Note: Students who are registered for meeting sessions during the week are eligible to participate in sessions and events on Saturday. Please click here to access the preliminary program of sessions taking place at the Annual Meeting.


Graduate School Fair

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) will be providing instant mentoring at their booths in the Graduate School Fair. In addition to the Graduate School Fair, AAA also publishes a digital resource. Check out AAA’s eAnthroGuide to find out details about more than 400 schools and programs.

This year's Graduate School Fair participants include:

  • Brandeis University
    The Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University offers masters and doctoral degrees in anthropology as well as a masters degree in anthropology and women's and gender studies.  We have an active and dynamic graduate program. Our students regularly present papers at national and international conferences.  Graduates from our master’s program have a strong rate of success in acceptance to doctoral programs, as well as in obtaining professional opportunities in diverse anthropologically-informed fields such as development, policy, teaching, administration, and research. Our doctoral students have recently earned grants from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, National Geographic, NSF, and SSRC. Our graduate program provides intensive training for independent research, with particular emphasis on comparative studies, theoretical grounding and ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork. Departmental strengths include medical anthropology, the study of complex societies, comparative methods, economic anthropology and development, gender studies, semiotic systems, global and transnational processes, linguistic anthropology, psychological anthropology, and religion and ritual.

  • Creighton University
    The master’s program in Medical Anthropology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, is designed to provide a usable skill set in an increasingly complex world though training students to become social and cultural analysts of health and health care. The program is entirely online, admits each year only a small group of students, offers teaching assistantships to its top students, who choose from three available tracks.
  • East Carolina University
    East Carolina University’s Department of Anthropology offers a global view of human evolution, adaptation, and culture to promote a better understanding of the biological, archaeological, and cultural aspects of human diversity, with an emphasis on the prehistory, history and current lifeways of people in the Southeastern United States. Our MA program is committed to the integration of all subfields of anthropology and rigorous training in research design and research methodology.
  • Florida International University
    In the Department of Global & Sociocultural Studies (GSS) at Florida International University, our graduate students integrate approaches and theory from anthropology, geography and sociology along three broad themes:  identities & inequalities; migrations & diasporas, and nature-society.

  • Humboldt State University
    The MA in Applied Anthropology at Humboldt State University is a rigorous yet flexible degree program that prepares students for in-demand careers in today’s public and private sector job market  for college-level teaching  or for further academic study. This limited residency degree program begins with a five-week Summer Institute held on the HSU campus where students receive comprehensive hands-on methods training, and is followed by a flexible distance learning schedule that allows students to fit the program around daily lives, locations  and off-campus fieldwork/research.

  • Illinois State University

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    The MA in Applied Archaeology prepares students to meet state and federal professional requirements, enabling them to work nationwide as applied or professional archaeologists. This is the only degree of its kind offered in Pennsylvania.

  • Indiana University, Purdue University-Indianapolis
    The Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) offers the only MA in Applied Anthropology in the state of Indiana. The program draws upon departmental strengths in Public Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, Urban Anthropology and Social Policy, Political Economy, Globalization, Medical Anthropology and Museum studies to prepare our students to develop solutions for real world problems both in the US and abroad. 

  • Michigan State University
    At Michigan State University graduate students in the Department of Anthropology can train in archaeology, sociocultural and linguistics, physical and medical anthropology. Graduate students in our department can take advantage of a wide range of MSU resources that support interdisciplinary work, research fundamentals, and training for teaching as well as non-academic positions.

  • Michigan Technological University
    The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University offers unique interdisciplinary graduate degrees for students seeking to understand human-environmental relations in the industrial world. Some students blend their technical or scientific knowledge with training in policy analysis and socio-environmental systems by pursuing either an MS or PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy.Other students pursue unique degrees in Industrial Archaeology (MS) and Industrial Heritage and Archaeology (PhD), in which they study the physical remains of industrial societies—including artifacts, systems, sites, documents, oral and social traditions, and landscapes—within their cultural, ecological, and historical contexts. Our studies are situated within the heritage problems associated with the social, ecological, and material consequences of industrial growth and decline. Our graduate degree programs include rigorous course work emphasizing relevant, hands-on opportunities. Student theses and dissertations are often developed in conjunction with outside sponsors in order to incorporate real-world situations concerned with proposal preparation and budgeting; environmental, energy, and cultural heritage policy and law; site identification, interpretation, preservation, and management; citizen participation, and community-based research and resources management.

  • Monmouth University
    Monmouth University offers a Master of Arts in Anthropology focusing on providing students with the training and conceptual skills necessary to pursue careers in cultural anthropology, archaeology, cultural resource management, social policy, teaching, community engagement, and geographic information systems (GIS).Located only an hour away from New York City and Philadelphia, the program emphasizes professionalization and research experience by offering students unique opportunities to conduct ethnographic fieldwork and/or actively participate in archaeological excavation, mapping, and analysis.Monmouth students have the flexibility to focus their studies on either archaeology or socio-cultural anthropology, and emerge well-prepared for further graduate education in anthropology or to pursue a multitude of career paths. The program has particular strengths in the archaeology of the Americas, especially the historical archaeology of eastern North America and the Caribbean, the cultural anthropology of the North America, Latin America and Europe, and geographic information systems.

  • National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
    Founded in 1983, NAPA strives to promote the practice of anthropology, both within the discipline and among private, public, and nonprofit organizations. NAPA continues to grow as anthropologists engaged in practice have developed broader professional opportunities both inside and outside the academic realm.

  • National Association of Student Anthropologists
    The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) is the student section of the American Anthropological Association founded in 1985 to address graduate and undergraduate student concerns and to promote the interests and involvement of students as anthropologists-in-training. NASA is a four-field network of students, which directly addresses issues that are of interest to both undergraduate and graduate students, including finding jobs, attending graduate school, fieldwork programs and networking.

  • Northern Arizona University
    NAU's Department of Anthropology offers three Research-Track MA emphases: in sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Students can also choose among three Applied/Internship MA emphases in the same three sub disciplines.

  • Purdue University
    The Purdue University Department of Anthropology has both an MS and a PhD program, and offers training in the four subfields of anthropology. We feature a dynamic group of faculty, which has doubled in size in the past seven years, yet we still offer personalized mentoring, camaraderie, and a great sense of community among the faculty and grad students while pursuing excellence in research, learning, and engagement.
  • Southern Methodist University
    On one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, we offer nationally-recognized doctoral programs in Cultural/Medical Anthropology and Anthropological Archaeology, and an MA program in Applied Medical Anthropology. Students may choose from concentrations in Globalization and International Development or Global Health. Our program in Anthropological Archaeology focuses mainly on the New World, ranging from the earliest hunter-gatherers to the complex societies of North, Middle, and South America.  There is a strong emphasis throughout on human-environment interactions and human impacts on, and responses to, climate change, as well as field and laboratory training to conduct scientific archaeological research.  Students benefit from a small department with close student/faculty research collaborations, full scholarship/stipend support, and a vibrant urban setting in Dallas, Texas.

  • University of Arkansas

  • University of Georgia
    At the University of Georgia, themes of ecology and environment connect our cultural anthropologists, anthropological archaeologists, and biological anthropologists to one another and to scholars and practitioners outside the department and the university, which gives our work interdisciplinary scholarly and applied relevance.  We offer a Ph.D. in anthropology (no masters necessary) and a Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation (no masters necessary).

  • University of Kansas

  • University of Memphis
    The Department of Anthropology offers a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in Anthropology.  Our nationally-recognized Graduate Program is one of the oldest Applied Anthropology programs in the United States, designed to train students to apply the theoretical and methodological foundations of anthropology in professional settings.  We offer graduate concentrations in Globalization, Development and Change and Medical Anthropology.

  • University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame’s Anthropology doctoral program bridges humanistic and scientific research by involving graduate students in integrative anthropology, including engagement with different anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives, integration of theory and application, and integration of teaching, research, and ethics. All accepted students will be fully funded for five years (Full tuition and yearly stipend of $18,500/year) with the expectation that they will complete their classwork, qualifying exams, field or laboratory research, and dissertation within five years.

  • University of Victoria

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    The UWM Anthropology program is designed to  provide a broad background in all significant facets of the discipline and training for students interested in academic careers in anthropology, as well as for those concerned with practical issues approached from the integrative perspective of anthropology.

  • Wayne State University
    The Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University offers four-field anthropology programs leading to the MA and PhD degrees in an urban research setting with a global reach.   Located in Detroit, Michigan, we have strong research foci in urban, medical, and business anthropology and public archaeology.

Previous GSF participants include:

The Graduate School Fair (GSF) is a great opportunity for students to learn about different graduate programs and network with faculty and staff.  Space at the GSF is limited and available ONLY to Department Services Program (DSP) members at no additional cost. If you would like to join our Department Services Program and begin reaping the benefits of membership such as a free display at the Graduate School Fair, DEEP discounts on job ads in the AN and AAA online, Careers in Anthropology DVD set, AND a complimentary booth at the Career Center (onsite job placement service), as well as entry into the Department Chairs Breakfast, a complimentary copy of the AAA AnthroGuide, a department subscription to AnthroNews, please visit:  

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