The American Sociological Association's Student Forum provides resources for graduate and undergraduate sociology students, helps develop networks among student members, and facilitates student participation in the ASA by encouraging professional development and service. Individuals who join the American Sociological Association as student members automatically become members of the Student Forum, receive all mailings and electronic communications, and have access to Student Forum programming. There are no additional fees associated with membership in the Student Forum.
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. Full-time students are encouraged to become members of ASA.
A bi-monthly newsletter written for students by members of the Student Forum Advisory Board.
ASA publishes nine journals and one magazine. The newest journal, Socius, is an online open-access journal produced in time to be relevant to ongoing research and public debates.
ASA's monthly newsletter publishes updates from the Association and current news on the discipline.
Section membership is a great way for students to become involved with ASA. Sections provide 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.
Guide to Graduate Departments of Sociology
Published by the ASA annually since 1965 and a best seller for the ASA for many years, the Guide provides comprehensive information for academic administrators, advisors, faculty, students, and anyone seeking information on social science departments in the U.S., Canada, and abroad.
The ASA Style Guide is the authoritative reference for writing, submitting, editing, and copyediting manuscripts for ASA journals and other publications following ASA's unique format.
Research on the Discipline
The ASA Department of Research on the Discipline and Profession conducts many projects throughout the year focusing on the trends in the sociology discipline. Many of the studies include tracking faculty salaries in sociology and other social sciences, exploring the post-graduation paths of graduates of sociology programs.
Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS) is available to all ASA members as a Member Benefit. TRAILS offers resources from over 1,000 authors in 71 Sociological subject areas. Resources range from lesson plans, classroom activities, and syllabi sets. Members are also encouraged to submit their own resources for TRAILS.
The ASA Job Bank is the authoritative online job resource for candidates and academic departments. Members have free online access to hundreds of recent job listings in academia, non-profit organizations and government.
Minority Fellowship Program
ASA supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area of sociology. MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research.
Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grants
This small grants program supports teaching projects that advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within the discipline of sociology. Graduate students and early career faculty are encouraged to apply.
Student Forum Travel Awards
The ASA grants up to 40 travel awards to current student members that are participating in the ASA Annual Meeting program. These awards will be made on a competitive basis and are meant to defray expenses associated with attending the ASA Annual Meeting.
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)
The International Sociology Honor Society, AKD's purpose is to seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. AKD offers several opportunities for funding and awards each year.