Call for 2020 Student Paper and Poster Proposals

The 2020 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA and SAA in Chicago, August 2-8, 2020. Work from both master's and doctoral students will be considered.

Graduate Student Paper Session

The work of three current archives students will be selected for presentation during a traditional open-session format. Each speaker will be allotted fifteen minutes to present a paper. Fifteen minutes will be reserved for audience questions and discussion. Proposals may relate to the student's applied or theoretical research as well as research pertinent to the profession. Participant selection will be based on the quality of proposals submitted. Presenters and paper titles will be listed in the official program.

Graduate Student Poster Session

The 20th annual Graduate Student Poster Session will showcase the work of both individual students and SAA Student Chapters.

Individual posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which students have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which students have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or activity conducted within the previous academic year (Fall 2019 to Summer 2020). Poster dimensions: 48 inches high by 36 inches wide (max).

Student chapter posters may describe chapter activities, events, and/or other involvement with the archives and records professions. A single representative should coordinate the submission of each Student Chapter proposal. Poster dimensions: 48 inches high by 36 inches wide (max).

Submission Instructions and Deadlines

To submit a paper or poster proposal, please complete the proposal form no later than Monday, February 3, 2020. (Proposals received after this date will not be considered.) Emailed submissions or submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

CoSA and SAA encourage broad participation in the ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020. Presenters are limited to participating in one session. Presenters include speakers, session chairs, commentators, and poster presenters. Please alert the 2020 Student Program Subcommittee if you have agreed to participate in another accepted session.

Student paper and poster presenters must register and secure institutional or personal funding to attend ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2020Unfortunately, CoSA and SAA are not able to provide complimentary registration to student presenters from the United States and Canada.

Proposals are due on February 3, 2020.

Proposals received after this date will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact


The 2020 Program Committee has created a Google spreadsheet to be used as an informal tool to connect individuals who are seeking ideas and/or collaboration on session proposals for the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting. It is not monitored by CoSA, SAA, or the Program Committee and is not part of the official submission process.


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