Student-Friendly Conferences

The following conferences encourage undergraduate and graduate student participation. If you have questions about a particular conference, please contact the organization directly by googling their names from the list below.

American Studies

  • California American Studies Association
  • Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
  • Western Association of Women’s Historians
  • Western Literature Association

Chicana and Chicano Studies

  • Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS): Women Active in Letters and Social Change
  • National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
  • National Association for Ethnic Studies

Child and Adolescent Studies

  • American Educational Research Association 
  • American Psychological Association
  • Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children
  • California Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Occasional Temperament Conference
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research
  • UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
  • Western Psychological Association


  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication: Southeast Colloquium
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
  • Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
  • Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
  • Eastern Communication Association (ECA)
  • Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
  • International Conference on Communication and Mass Media
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • International Academy of Business Disciplines (IABD)
  • National Communication Association (NCA)
  • Southern States Communication Association (SSCA)
  • Western States Communication Association (WSCA)
  • World Journalism Education Conference


  • American Counseling Association Conference
  • The Couples Conference
  • Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference


  • Pacific Sociological Association
  • Western Society of Criminology


  • ACACIA graduate student conference at CSUF

European Studies

  • Oral History Association
  • Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA)


  • California Geographical Society 67th Annual Conference

Health Science

  • American Academy of Pain Management
  • American College Health Association
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Childhood Obesity Conference (may be better suited for graduate students)
  • Safety 2013 Professional Development Conference
  • Society for Prevention Research
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • Southern California Joint Technical Symposium
  • Southern California Public Health Association
  • Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Western Psychological Association

Military Science

  • Bataan Death March 
  • George C. Marshall ROTC Award Seminar

Natural Science and Mathematics

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention
  • American Association of Physics Teachers Winter Meeting
  • American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition
  • American Fisheries Society annual meeting
  • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
  • American Physical Society Annual Meeting
  • American Physiological Society
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting
  • American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists /American Elasmobranch Society Meeting
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • AMS-MAA-SIAM Joint Mathematics Meeting
  • Animal Behavior Society Meeting
  • Annual National McNair Research Conference and Graduate Fair (for McNair Scholars only)
  • Cal Paleo
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • California Mathematics Council – South Conference
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) meetings
  • CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology Symposium (CSUPERB)
  • CSU Student Research Competition
  • Desert Symposium
  • European Geophysical Union Annual Meeting
  • Experimental Biology Annual Meeting
  • Geological Society of America Annual Conference (GSA)
  • Geological Society of America - Cordilleran Section
  • Informal Symposium on Kinetics and Photochemical Processes in the Atmosphere   (meeting rotates among universities: CSUF, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, etc.)
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
  • National Ground Water Association Annual Meeting
  • Pacific Seabird Group Meeting
  • Psychology of Mathematics Education North American Chapter (PMENA)
  • SEPM – Society for Sedimentary Petrology Annual Meeting
  • SEPM Pacific Section Meeting
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting
  • Society for Microscopy and Microanalysis annual meeting
  • Society for Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR)
  • Southern California Academy of Sciences (SCAS) annual meeting
  • Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (SCASM)
  • Southern California Society for Microscopy and Micro-analysis meetings
  • Southern California Earthquake Center Annual Meeting
  • The Tuna Conference
  • West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (WCBSUR)
  • Western Society of Naturalists Annual Meeting
  • Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference


  • Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) conference


  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference
  • UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference
  • Western Psychological Association