The 2011 Aging in America Conference is quickly approaching. Along with their colleagues, students from across the country are busy preparing to present poster sessions and workshops at the conference. More than 300 students attended the 2010 conference, and we are expecting a record-breaking student population for 201 1. Aging in America serves as an excellent opportunity for students to meet, network and connect with other professionals in their areas of interest. The meeting also provides both formal and informal settings for students to present their work.
The ASA Student Interest Group (SIG) is busy preparing several events specifically designed to help and encourage participation from students, first-time attendees and emerging professionals. The SIG is composed of ASA student membership, and its purpose is to advance educational and professional development opportunities for students in the field of aging; to advise and support ASA's student member recruitment and retention efforts; and to represent student interests in ASA governance and program development activities.
NETWORKING AND NAVIGATING AT AGING IN AMERICA
This year, ASA and the SIG will be hosting a second annual orientation session to help attendees successfully navigate the Aging in America Conference. The session will introduce attendees to the conference program book and what it has to offer, review the conference format and answer attendees' questions. The Student Awards and Networking session will provide an opportunity for students to talk with one another and hear a brief presentation by this year's student paper award winner.
ASA seeks to create an inclusive environment for students and emerging professionals to network during the Aging in America conference. The San Francisco group for emerging professionals, Legacy, will be cohosting a networking event with ASA, the SIG and the New York Academy of Medicine. Other regional groups, such as the Chicago Bridge and GenPhilly, are helping to support this event. Last year's event, which was …