Opportunities for Students with ASA Involvement

Become a Student Member of ASA

Students can become members of the ASA by joining online or completing an application and mailing/faxing it to ASA. Membership runs on a calendar year only-from January 1 to December 31. Membership dues are not prorated for renewals or applications received after January 1.

Department Sponsored/Subsidized Student Memberships

The identity shift from student to sociologist is an integral part of students' professional development. To assist in this process, the ASA collaborates with departments to help students join ASA for the first time.  

With a minimum of five first-time student members "bundled" by your department, ASA will send each student an ASA canvas tote bag. Departments are asked to subsidize what they can (in this past, this has ranged from a $5 departmental contribution to a full-subsidy of the cost of student membership), and students pay the remainder.  Students should complete an application and attach a check for their portion of the dues. The department should cut one check for the department’s contribution for the number of students responding. Student membership is only $50 and includes one ASA print journal of choice and online access to all ASA journals. Free ASA canvas tote bag offer applies to new student members only. Membership is for the 2015 calendar year.

Bundle all the forms and checks into one envelope and mail to:

Craig E. Schaar
ASA Membership Manager
1430 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005

Include a note stating that this is a department package. The forms and checks must come in together. Shortly after receipt of your student applications, ASA will ship a complimentary ASA canvas tote bag to each new member included in your package of applications.

To request printed application forms, e-mail schaar@asanet.org.

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Jump Start Your Career in Sociology with ASA Membership Benefits

There are several ways in which undergraduate and graduate students can jump start their careers by becoming involved with the American Sociological Association (ASA). ASA offers many opportunities to students, such as networking, meeting leaders in the field, gaining access to up to date research and publications. Your student membership provides you with the following benefits:  

  • Free subscription to Interfolio's Dossier system for storing materials and applying to job openings
  • Free access to the ASA online Job Bank. View hundreds of listings for open positions posted by universities and organizations.
  • Save up to 75% on journals. ASA sells its journals to members at below-cost for students!  
  • Save up to 50% on ASA publications.  
  • Save up to 40% on registration fees at ASA's Annual Meeting.  
  • Save 42% on employment service fees for candidates at ASA's Annual Meeting.  
  • Save on car rentals with Hertz and Alamo.  
  • Save on group insurance (for catastrophe major medical, dental, term life, etc.) with Seabury & Smith.  
  • Save up to 50% on subscriptions to popular magazines through ASA's Magazine Program.  
  • ASA members receive a 20% discount on SAGE books.

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Advance Your Career:

  • ASA Sections. ASA's 52 special-interest sections include medical sociology, social psychology, racial and ethnicity minorities, and sex and gender. Sections provide information through newsletters, web sites, listservs, and sessions at the ASA Annual Meeting. They provide great opportunities to network, meet leaders in the field, learn about current section research, as well as learn about grant opportunities, book announcements, job openings, and other pertinent information.
  • Call for Papers. ASA provides individuals an opportunity to present their research at a national level at ASA's Annual Meeting. The annual Call for Papers alerts members of this opportunity.  
  • ASA's Annual Meeting. Here is an opportunity to meet leaders in the field, learn more about sociology and cutting-edge research at our sessions and seminars, meet potential employers/employees at our employment service, and receive peer recognition for your research by presenting a paper or poster.  
  • Publications. ASA's hundreds of publications provide information about curriculum development, department management, teaching techniques, careers in sociology, handling the job market, sociology departments, etc.  
  • JSTOR. Only members of ASA have access to JSTOR, which is a database of ASA's journals from the inaugural year to the last volume published up to five years ago. Here is another opportunity to increase your knowledge and research resources with access to these journals.

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The Honors Program:

The Honors Program provides undergraduate sociology students a rich introduction to the professional life of the discipline. Exceptional sociology students from throughout the country and the world come together for four days and experience all facets of the ASA annual meetings. By participating in the Honors Program, students develop long-lasting networks with other aspiring sociologists while their sponsoring departments have a chance to "showcase" their own quality programs and their most outstanding students.

At the 2015 ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Honors Program students will:

  • Attend a special Honors Program Reception and other events where they interact with other undergraduate sociology students;
  • Participate in an Honors Roundtable session as well as ASA events including ASA First-Timers' Welcoming Party, Department Alumni Night, and regular paper sessions and roundtables;
  • Learn all about the activities, sections, and governance of the ASA;
  • Meet and talk with sociologists representing graduate programs around the country; and
  • Attend "Conversations With ... " sessions with prominent sociologists that are reserved for Honors Program students only.

Participation in the ASA Honors Program is possible through a competitive application process each year. See the Honors Program webpage for information on application deadline, fee, and decision date.

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The Minority Fellowship Program

Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area of sociology. Funded by a generous contributions from various aligned associations and member donations, MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research. For more information, call (202) 383-9005 x322, or e-mail minority.affairs@asanet.org.

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