Call for 2022 Graduate Student Program Proposals

The 2022 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during the 2022 SAA Annual Meeting in August  2022. Work from both master's and doctoral students will be considered.

Note: We are hopeful that we will gather for the 2022 SAA Annual Meeting at the Boston Sheraton. As the current public health crisis continues, SAA staff are exploring options for a hybrid conference that will allow attendees to connect however they are most comfortable and for the Society to adjust based on CDC requirements. The Program Committee is issuing this call for proposals for sessions to be presented either in-person or virtually during the conference dates. More information will be forthcoming as we explore options while monitoring the public health crisis.

Graduate Student Presentation

The work of three current archives students and/or SAA student chapters will be selected for presentation. Each speaker will be allotted fifteen minutes to present a paper. Be creative! Proposals from individual students as well as SAA student chapter groups will be considered. Proposals may relate to the student's applied or theoretical research, research about the archives profession itself, or even practical/internship experiences. Student chapters may consider presenting on projects or initiatives conducted in the current term (Fall 2021 through Summer 2022). Participant selection will be based on the quality of proposals submitted.

Graduate Student Poster

The 22nd annual Graduate Student Poster Session will showcase the work of both individual students and SAA Student Chapters.

All posters will be presented in-person and virtually in PDF format. More information about preparing posters will be shared upon acceptance. Posters will be available to all meeting attendees throughout the week of the conference and in the virtual platform. See here for examples of the 2020 graduate student poster presentations. 

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 2021 to Summer 2022).

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. 

Submission Instructions and Deadlines

To submit a paper or poster proposal, please complete the proposal form no later than March 31. (Proposals received after this date will not be considered.) Emailed submissions or submissions in any other format will not be accepted.

SAA encourages broad participation in the ARCHIVES*RECORDS 2022All presenters—including speakers, session chairs, commentators, and poster presenters--are limited to participation in one session. Please alert the 2022 Student Program Subcommittee if you have agreed to participate in another accepted session.

If presenters wish to attend any portion of the 2022 SAA Annual Meeting, they will need to secure institutional or personal funding to register for the conference. SAA is not able to consider complimentary registration for student presenters from the United States and Canada.

Proposals are due on March 31.

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


The 2022 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 2022 SAA Annual Meeting. It is not monitored by SAA or the Program Committee and is not part of the official submission process.


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