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Professional Conferences & Networks

  • CLA (College of Liberal Arts, CSULB)
    Student Research Showcase held in May
    Submission deadline check CSULB website or CLA website –
  • AES (American Ethnological Society) is the oldest professional anthropological organization in the United States. Founded in 1842 to encourage research in the emerging field of ethnology, its stated goal was to foster “inquiries generally connected with the human race. Annual conferences held in the Spring,Website-
  • ASP (American Society for Primatologists) We are an educational & scientific organization that aims to understand, conserve and inform about nonhuman primates. For more information select the following link:
  • The deadline for abstract submission for the annual meeting in June is March 1st.
  • CLIC (graduate association at UCLA) and LISO (graduate association at UCSB) for linguistic anthropology students
  • Each year, CLIC-GSA (at UCLA) or LISO-GSA (at UCSB) host a conference that brings together scholars from around the world to discuss issues related to language, interaction, and culture. Every other year, the faculty organize a symposium on a particular topic.
  • Annual Conference in May – alternates between the two campuses
    Abstracts are due on January 31st.
  • Website –
  • HPSfAA (High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology) is a professional organization with members from the Rocky Mountains, Southwestern U.S. and beyond.
  • Website –
  • NAPA (National Association for Practicing Anthropologists)
  • Founded in 1983, NAPA strives to promote the practice of anthropology, both within the discipline and among private and public organizations.
    Website –
  • SAA (Society for American Archaeology)
    Meetings Every Spring around April
    Website -
  • Annual meeting is in April
    Submission deadline for abstracts – September 10th by 3:00pm (EST)
  • SALSA (Symposium About Language and Society, Austin)
    Website –
    Conference at University of Texas, Austin.
    Held in the Spring around April
    Submission deadline for abstracts – February 22nd
    Pre-registration – ends in March
  • SCA (Society for Cultural Anthropology)
    Spring Conference in May is held every two years
    Website –
    Submission deadline for abstracts – December
  • Early registration for the Fall conference ends April 17th
  • SMA (Society for Medical Anthropology) examine how the health of individuals, larger social formations, and the environment are affected by interrelationships between humans and other species; cultural norms and social institutions; micro and macro politics; and forces of globalization as each of these affects local worlds.
  • Website –
  • SVA (Society for Visual Anthropology) is a section of the American Anthropological Association. We promote the study of visual representation and media.
  • Website-
  • Abstracts can be submitted until 11:59pm (Hawaii Time) on April 1st.
  • SWAA (Southwestern Anthropological Association)
  • Website –
  • The deadline to register and submit an abstract is March 1st.

Travel Funds

  • Check AAA website - Prizes & Awards - Section Awards for information on student awards - General Awards
  • SLD (Student Life and Development)
    Given out each semester, but can only receive once an academic year. Funds for presenters and general travel that enhances the educational experience.
    See Website: SLD – Services & Resources
    Academic Travel Funds
  • ASI (Associated Students International)
    See Website: ASI – administration –
    ASI forms
  • CLA (College of Liberal Arts) gives out money to students presenting at conferences. See Department Chair for more information.
  • SfAATravel Awards
    Student Endowment
    Due January 1st
    Peter K. New Student Prize Award
    For a student paper submission by Dec. 31
    Valene Smith Award – Cash prize for student poster on tourism
  • See Conference & Organizations Websites for additional funding opportunities


How to Make Posters from AAA website. For more information near time of AAA meetings check under presenters. Posters can be printed on CSULB campus at: (prices may change)

  • Computer Lab – can design and print posters, price varies depending on colors and size, usually around $25-$35. You must give the poster at least a week in advance. Check website – computer lab - poster printing
  • Math Department - around $30, must give at least a week in advance. Contact Tom Tran
  • Geography Lab – around $25. UPDATED email address:
    (Possible old contact info) Mr. Jim Woods, LA4-207, 562-985-2128
  • Campus Print Shop – can be expedited and done in one day for about $80

Posters made by CSULB students

Submitting papers & posters to Conferences can be overwhelming, the following document, by Tome Boellstorff, describes, step by step, the process of submitting a quality paper How to Get an Article Accepted to the American Anthropologist (or anywhere)

Past Professional Presentations by CSULB Faculty and Students