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Student Member FAQs

What does it cost to be a student member?

Student membership cost is $130 annually. Proof of registration as a full-time status in a program of study in an institution of higher education is required for student membership.

Is membership only for PhD/EdD students?

No, any full-time student in a program of study in an institution of higher education may be a student member. Proof of registration as a full-time status in a program of study in an institution of higher education is required for student membership.

How do I get involved after joining AHRD?

There are many opportunities to become involved with AHRD including attending conferences and webinars, joining a special interest group, reading AHRD journals, and networking with members.

How do I develop professional relationships?

The key to developing professional relationships with AHRD members is to become active in AHRD activities including conferences, special interest groups and volunteer opportunities. Proactive participation in AHRD activities provides exposure for you with existing members and serves as a foundation for building new relationships and friendships. Engage, participate and contribute!

How can AHRD be useful for practitioners?

AHRD provides the opportunity for practitioners to network with scholars to improve practice and influence future research. Scholars are consistently open to discussing how research can lead to enhanced learning solutions and learning outcomes. Researchers are also willing to collaborate with practitioners on field implementation challenges with new ideas and suggestions for improvement. And scholars want feedback from practitioners regarding field application of research to enhance future research plans.

What should I expect when attending an AHRD conference?

Lots of networking and very long days! Each conference attendee choses from a diversity of experiences to maximize the benefits they receive from attendance. Early each morning the day begins with food ‘n thought sessions where one hour is dedicated to a specific topic hosted by a researcher or practitioner. Multiple sessions each day are for the presentation of research and application papers and related discussion on a wide variety of HRD topics. A keynote speaker addresses a topic of wide HRD interest. Late day networking events enable easy, fruitful discussions amongst attendees. Dinners with other members are facilitated leading up to a celebration banquet that closes the conference.

How do I transition from a student to a professional member?

Once you graduate and are no longer a full-time student in an academic program, you are encouraged to join AHRD as a professional member. The annual cost for professional membership is $220. And like student membership, professional members receive discounted registration rates for the annual AHRD International Research Conference in The Americas.

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Student Member Testimonials

I wanted the opportunity to learn and present at conferences, access to the journals, and to immerse myself in HRD research.
~ Kristopher Thomas, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

I joined AHRD for the collegiality, to read cutting edge scholarly journals, and to contribute to the discourse in the field.
~ Elizabeth Jayanti, University of Minnesota

It is one of the most important organizations in my field and supports scholarly work more than many other groups that I am involved with.
~Denise Philpot, University of North Texas

The ability to network and just talk with leading HRD scholars and practitioners is fantastic. The members are approachable, supportive, and interested in students, what we are researching, and how they can help.

~ Kevin Thompson, University of Connecticut

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