AAM Conference Opportunity for Graduate Students

From Greg Stevens at AAM, here’s a great opportunity for all current students and recent alums.

“For the upcoming AAM Annual Meeting 2013 in Baltimore (May 19-22, 2013), I’ve proposed a “Graduate Flash Showcase” session, and encourage you to share this opportunity with students and recent grads. We’ve held successful Graduate Flash Showcases for the past two years, and we anticipate this year to be great once again! If anyone is interested in joining this session, please comment on the proposal online, and contact me directly at gstevens@aam-us.org.  The deadline for all proposals is August 24.

http://www.aam-us.org/am13/?CFID=3740214&CFTOKEN=93254218 Proposal ID#125


Graduate Flash Showcase is a series of back-to-back mini-sessions (or 20-minute “Flashes”) on current programs, projects, or research presented by graduate students or recently-graduated emerging professionals with less than two years experience in the field. The showcase provides opportunities and benefits for both presenters and audience members.


After participating, presenters will be better able to:

  • Hone presentation skills in a professional setting
  • Share projects, papers, programs, or academic/professional experience
  • Receive invaluable feedback from colleagues in the field
  • Build professional presence/personal brand


After participating, attendees will be better able to:


  • Learn more about programs, projects, and research that may impact the future of the field
  • Gain exposure to skills and perspectives of students and emerging professionals


Guidelines for Presentations

Each “Flash” showcase will be timed, is limited to twenty minutes and will be divided into two segments:


  • Presentation of project, paper, research, program, etc. (<10 min.)
  • Audience interactivity or discussion (approx. 10 minutes)


Student projects, papers, or research should apply to museum practice and/or theory, or be based on topics from outside the field that impact museums (e.g.demographic trends, education theory, etc.).

Museums Advocacy Day 2012

Dear Museums Advocacy Day supporters,

With just a few days to go until Museums Advocacy Day 2012 gets underway, we ask you to please share the following message with your members and networks:

Museums Advocacy Day 2012 Webcast
The American Association of Museums will be webcasting portions of the two-day
event. We invite you to visit http://www.speakupformuseums.org/video.htm to watch a LIVE webcast of these Museums Advocacy Day events:
• Monday, February 27, 9:00am-11:30am ET – Advocacy Essentials
• Monday, February 27, 12:30pm-2:00pm ET – Federal Agency Speakers
• Monday, February 27, approximately 6:45pm-7:30pm ET – Congressional Reception**
• Tuesday, February 28, approximately 8:15am-9:30am ET – Congressional Breakfast

We hope that these programs – and the accompanying materials on this webpage – will provide your members and colleagues an opportunity to advocate from anywhere. We also invite you to join the conversation on social media channels (using the #museumsadvocacy hashtag).

With your help, we can make Museums Advocacy Day 2012 a truly national event.

Graduate Student Presentations at AAM

Straight from AAM:

Museum Grad Students,

Here’s a great opportunity to share your knowledge and build your presentation skills at the 2012 AAM annual meeting!

The 2012 Graduate “Flash” Showcase will be held at the AAM Annual Meeting 2012 in Minneapolis St. Paul on Wednesday, May 2, from 12:15-1:45 p.m. This showcase is a series of back-to-back mini-sessions (or 20-minute “Flashes”) on current programs, projects, or research presented by graduate students or recently-graduated emerging professionals with less than two years experience in the field.

To propose a “Flash” showcase, graduate students and other emerging professionals must be members of AAM and must be available for the presentation on Wednesday, May 2, from 12:15-1:45 p.m.  Submission deadline is January 13.

For more information and application form, please contact Greg Stevens, assistant director for professional development at gstevens[at]aam-us[dot]org.

AAM Annual Meeting Fellowships

Heads up!

The AAM Annual Meeting Fellowship opportunities have been posted at

The following fellowships offer a travel stipend (at least $750), complimentary conference registration, and tickets to the fellowship breakfast and other selected events.
1. Diversity Fellowships support professional growth and retention of under-represented professionals in the museum field.
2. Emerging Museum Professional (EMP)
Fellowships are available to those in the first 10 years of their career in the museum field.
3. Mid-Career Professional Network Fellowships are available for individuals working in one of the following capacities:
audience research and evaluation
development and membership
diversity and inclusion
exhibit development and design
media and technology
museum administration and management
museum professional training
public relations and marketing
small museum administration.

Applications will be selected by the leadership of AAM’s Professional Networks.

Applications must be post-marked by Jan. 31, 2012.

You should also check out this blog post from the AAM EMP blog, which offers a few tips and suggestions about applying