Student Benefits

Why Join SAA as a Student Member?

Join the Society for American Archaeology and gain access to networking and educational opportunities that will help establish and launch you in the field of archaeology. Joining also lends your voice to our efforts to ensure the archaeological record will exist for future generations. Member dues support our advocacy efforts to protect archaeological sites like Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, ongoing enforcement of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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Continuing Education These free and fee-based online learning opportunities are available to students and archaeologists seeking to enhance their skill sets or knowledge base. Trainings certified by RPA are eligible for RPA Continuing Professional Education credits. Many events are recorded and available to SAA members for free in the Online Learning Archive for those who cannot join live.

e-Communities Exchange ideas and create contacts with archaeologists in your area of interest from around the globe. 

American Antiquity A peer-reviewed, quarterly journal devoted to the archaeology of the New World, method and theory pertinent to the study of New World archaeology, and closely related subjects.

Latin American Antiquity A peer-reviewed, quarterly journal devoted to special reports on archaeology, prehistory, and ethnohistory in Mesoamerica, Central America, and South America, and culturally related areas.

Advances in Archaeological Practice A peer-reviewed digital journal that seeks to share solutions in the broad practice of archaeology.

Memoirs of the Society for American Archaeology The Memoirs were published between 1941 and 1976 and constituted monographs on subjects that required greater depth than could be obtained in a single article published within American Antiquity.

Student members of SAA build careers and reputations through…

SAA Career Center When it comes time to search for a job or fellowship, the Career Center lets individuals post resumes, browse jobs, and create automatic e-mail notifications for new jobs that match their criteria. Employers can post job openings to the Career Center jobs board.

Access to presenting at the Annual Meeting Presenting grants you with the opportunity to share your research and receive feedback from the archaeology community. Connections made at the meeting can aide in propelling your education and career forward.

Open Call for Volunteers Gain valuable experience by volunteering for a committee or task force during SAA’s Open Call for Committee Service each November. Most committees are required to have two students on their roster. Take advantage of this opportunity to expand your network and participate in the Society. 

20 Student Awards and Scholarships SAA awards over $75,000 each year in prestigious scholarships to graduates and undergraduates. SAA’s annual awards program recognizes outstanding accomplishments and helps students stand apart.

Student Diversity Networking Program The Student Diversity Networking Program provides opportunities for students from historically underrepresented groups in archaeology to meet and network with other students and professionals. 

SAA Student members also benefit from…

SAA Public Outreach efforts to make sure the public understands archaeology.

preservation and collections support The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) Student members can receive a voucher to upload ten files (totaling 100 MB) to tDAR.

…participation in crafting the Principles of Archaeological Ethics. Adopted in April 1996, the Principles of Archaeological Ethics are an interconnected set of values consulted by archaeologists to assist in fulfilling the complex and ethical responsibilities of the discipline.

The SAA Press Archive Members now have digital access to select out-of-print titles from The SAA Press. To access the Archive, sign in to the Member Center and click "The SAA Press Archives" link.

The SAA Archaeological Record A four-color magazine issued five times a year encompassing SAA business, commentary, news, regular columns, software reviews, job listings, opinions, and articles.

Government Affairs and International Government Affairs eNewsletter Interested in receiving the latest archaeopolitical news from Washington, D.C. and the world? Members can sign up to receive SAA's monthly Government Affairs and International Government Affairs Update by sending an e-mail to

SAA Advocacy to mobilize attention on preservation of the archaeological record, prevent looting, and protect the future of our field.

In addition to a discounted membership rate, Student members save money with discounted prices to…

the SAA Annual Meeting registration The SAA is the largest meeting of archaeologists in North America and our annual meeting brings together 4,000 thought-leaders to share knowledge and network.

…the latest publications of The SAA Press, the publishing arm of the Society for American Archaeology. annual registration with the Register of Professional Archaeologists. SAA members pay $55 annually while unaffiliated individuals pay $135 annually.

… 25 percent off books published by Cambridge University Press, and a discount of up to 50 percent on subscriptions to certain archaeological journals published by Cambridge.

… Discounted JPASS journals package through JSTOR Members can save 50% on a yearly JPASS plan, for personal access to a selection from the JSTOR archive collections.

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