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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

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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:  

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Advance Your Career:

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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:

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

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