Purpose of TAGA Student Chapters

A TAGA student chapter reinforces classroom and experiential learning. In addition to the learning that occurs during chapter meetings, the design and production of a research journal for the TAGA chapter competition develops industry-specific skills, along with skills in project management, technical writing, interpersonal communications, and in some cases, fund raising.

Chapter activities culminate at the Annual Technical Conference, where students interact with students from other chapters and network with industry leaders, scientists, and researchers. The TAGA Annual Technical Conference makes students full participants, blending student-only sessions with top-level keynotes and peer-reviewed research presentations.

TAGA recognizes that students are the future leaders of the industry, and treats them as such. Chapters instill future professionals with an understanding of the role that science and research plays in technology developments and industry progress.

Reasons to Start a Student Chapter

  • Encourage student research and scholarship
  • Foster dialogue about technical issues and trends impacting graphic communications
  • Connect to industry professionals and career opportunities
  • Obtain managerial and production experience during the design and production of a journal for the student chapter journal competition
  • Form student relationships, including those with students from other chapters
  • Compete for individual and chapter awards
  • Publish papers in a TAGA student journal

What Chapters Do

  • Meet regularly to discuss pertinent issues within graphic communications technology, science, and research
  • Enter at least one research paper per year in the Levenson undergraduate paper competition
  • Participate in the annual student journal competition (encouraged, but not required)
  • Attend the TAGA Technical Conference with a representative group of chapter members and participate in the student activities (chapter participation is required at least every two years)

Starting a Chapter

If you are a student or an alumni of a school that you feel should consider starting or reestablishing a TAGA Student Chapter, please contact us at taga@printing.org for more information.

A TAGA Student Chapter will be recognized by following these requirements:

  • Provide the TAGA office with the name, address, and website of your school and program so that it can be included in TAGA’s list of¬†student chapters.
  • Select a faculty advisor and provide the person’s name and contact information to the TAGA office. The advisor needs to become an active TAGA professional member (online store | pdf form).
  • Publicize your chapter, hold your first meeting, and elect your officers.
  • Encourage student membership in TAGA. Annual membership is $50 per student (application) and has many benefits, including drastically discounted registration to the annual conference.