Undergraduates at the Meeting

AHA 23 annual meeting logo, showing people in a park with the city of Philadelphia in the background and the text "American Historical Association 136th Annual Meeting Philadelphia January 5-8, 2023”

What does the annual meeting have for undergrads?

As the largest gathering of historians, the annual meeting presents an unparalleled opportunity for you to connect with other history students, professors, and historians in a range of fields and professions. Undergraduates are welcome at all sessions, where you can learn about current scholarship in a vast array of historical fields, as well as opportunities and challenges facing historians today. Have you read a great history book by an esteemed professor recently? You may just see them at the meeting.

There is also programming designed just for undergrads. An Undergraduate Orientation and Reception are held the first day of the conference to welcome undergrads and help them make the most of the annual meeting. The AHA hosts an Undergraduate Poster Session and an Undergraduate Lightning Round, which provide students with a chance to present their research at the conference. Both sessions require proposals and begin accepting submissions in the summer preceding the annual meeting. Undergraduates are encouraged to apply to both, provided the proposals are unique to each session.

We are dedicated to helping you in all aspects of attending the annual meeting, from travel and logistics to sessions, programs, and networking opportunities.

If you have any questions about attending the annual meeting as an undergrad, please contact annualmeeting@historians.org. Or sign up for emails below!

Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

Tips for undergraduates looking to attend the AHA's Annual Meeting.

Undergraduate FAQs

Undergraduate Poster Session

The 2023 Undergraduate Poster Session will be accepting applications through October 15.

Undergraduate Poster Session

AHA23 Sessions for Undergraduates

Session recommendations from AHA23.

Sessions for Undergraduates

Undergraduate Lightning Round

The 2023 Undergraduate Lightning Round will accept applications through November 15.

Undergraduate Lightning Round