Tips for your AERA Conference Experience

If you have any wonderful tips that you think everyone should know about, please add them to the list below!

  • The book of sessions can be very overwhelming. Think about what topics are most interesting to you or what scholars you would like to hear speak. Use the AERA's session finderto help narrow down your choices.
    • Quick Tip - Start by looking at sessions specifically aimed at Graduate Students by looking through the GSC sponsored and co-sponsored sessions here.
    • Quick Tip - The GSC has an orientation meeting for Graduate Students on the first night of the conference, here we will give you some tips on how to navigate the conference as well as an opportunity to learn more about getting involved and meet other graduate students.
  • Looking for a roommate? Post a message on the AERA-GSC listserv or look on the GSC Wiki.
  • Bring business cards. They are the best way to give and get contact information quickly.
    • Quick Tip - You can store your business cards behind your name plate in your registration badge.
  • Every night, different AERA divisions, colleges and universities and organizations sponsor receptions. These venues offer the opportunity to make valuable professional connections (as well as get free food).
  • Consider getting involved with the Graduate Student Council. It is a good way to network with the top professionals in your area, as well as gain experience while providing service to a great organization.
  • Try not to overwhelm yourself with sessions. Remember to take some time to see the sights in Vancouver.
  • If you do get overwhelmed, stop in and visit us at the Graduate Resource Center.