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Honors Scholars: Professional Associations

Finding Professional Associations

Much of the work of disseminating news and research is done through professional associations.  These organizations exist for researchers and practitioners to join in order to network, stay current with developments in the field, host conferences, and publish research.  Many of the top journals in your field are published through professional associations.  The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) are examples.  

Your faculty mentor is a great source for which professional associations are highly regarded in their field.  Often these organizations have inexpensive student memberships, and it is worthwhile to become involved as you're learning about a particular field.

Here is an extensive list of professional organizations, but make sure you talk to your mentor about them as well.