Purpose of TAGA Student Chapters
A TAGA student chapter is a way to reinforce classroom and experiential learning. In addition to demonstrating industry-specific skills in the production of a journal, students gain much desired skills in project management, logistics, technical writing, fund raising, and interpersonal communications. Further, TAGA is multidisciplinary: students contribute to their respective TAGA journals from a myriad of disciplines, including photography, communication theory, programming, and materials and other applied sciences. For many TAGA student chapters, the act of holding a campus-wide call-for-papers is a tremendous experience in itself, as TAGA students inevitably meet and interact with their peers from different majors at their respective schools.
The hard work that the students put into their journals culminates at the Annual Technical Conference, where students interact with students from other university chapters, while networking with industry leaders, scientists, and academics from around the globe. Unlike other conferences, the TAGA Annual Technical Conference offers top-level keynotes and peer-reviewed research presentations while simultaneously keeping students engaged. At many sessions, students ask questions first, and even are encouraged to introduce topics for general discussion in a room full of seasoned veterans.
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 research and scholarship
- Foster dialogue about technical issues and trends impacting graphic communications
- The opportunity to have papers published in TAGA student journals
- Provide 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
- Connect to industry professionals and career opportunities
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 “active” 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.