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In addition to the groups listed below, students are also encouraged to become members of
local anthropological or archaeological organizations depending on where they live and work once they have graduated.


anthropology club logo

The Anthropology Club is a coalition of students interested in promoting and raising awareness about the field of Anthropology. This club provides a forum for students (undergraduate and graduate) to participate in lectures or hear from speakers on modern aspects of the anthropology discipline, attend field trips, provide direct hands-on learning experiences and mix 'n mingle with other students in social events and activities. It is the Anthropology Club's goal to help students and other interested parties explore and develop an appreciation for human diversity and the shared legacy of our common humanity. We invite all to participate.

National Association of Student Anthropologists

The National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA) is the student section of the American Anthropological Association founded in 1985 to address graduate and undergraduate student concerns and to promote the interests and involvement of students as anthropologists-in-training. NASA is a four-field network of students, which directly addresses issues that are of interest to both undergraduate and graduate students, including finding jobs, attending graduate school, fieldwork programs and networking.


American Anthropological Association logo

The American Anthropological Association is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology. AAA seeks to promote the science of anthropology, to stimulate and coordinate the efforts of American anthropologists, to foster groups devoted to anthropology, to serve as a bond among American anthropologists and anthropologic organizations, and to publish and encourage the publication of matters pertaining to anthropology.

Society for American Archaeology

Society for American Archaeology is an international organization dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. With more than 7,000 members, the society represents professionals, students, and archaeologists working in a variety of settings including government agencies, colleges and universities, museums, and the private sector.


American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in museums representing more than 18,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, almost 3,000 institutions, and 250 corporate members. AAM seeks to strengthen museums through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and service.

Utah Museums Association

The Utah Museums Association is a professional organization of individuals interested in museums. UMA promotes the professional development and networking opportunities of Utah's museums. It connects museums to professional resources and best practice and serves as an advocate for Utah museums.


Society for Applied Anthropology

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems.  The Society is unique among professional associations in membership and purpose, representing the interests of professionals in a wide range of settings - academia, business, law, health and medicine, government, etc. The unifying factor is a commitment to making an impact on the quality of life in the world.

American Association for Physical Anthropologists

American Association of Physical Anthropologists: Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives. Because it studies human biology in the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropology is also a social science. The AAPA is the world's leading professional organization for physical anthropologists. Formed by 83 charter members in 1930, the AAPA now has an international membership of over 1,700. The Association's annual meetings draw more than a thousand scientists and students from all over the world.


Society for Medical Anthropology

The Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), formed in 1967 and incorporated into the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in 1971, is dedicated to the profession and practice of medical anthropology, which uses concepts and methods from anthropology to produce new understandings of health, disease, illness, treatment, and care. Open for membership worldwide, the SMA brings together medical anthropology graduate students, practicing anthropologists, scholars, and scholar activists. The SMA includes a number of special interest groups organized to advance endeavors – including policy-related initiatives as well as research and teaching – on topics and priorities identified by these groups. The SMA publishes the journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly and offers venues for members to present their research at conferences.

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology: NAPA was founded in 1983 to promote the practice of anthropology and the interests of practicing anthropologists, and to further the practice of anthropology as a profession.