Student Members

What Is the SAM Student Forum?

The SAM Student Forum is comprised of the student members of SAM. Participating in Student Forum activities is one more way for students to become involved in the Society.

Student Forum co-chairs Andrew Tubbs and McKenna Milici.

How does the Student Forum work for you?

  • Connectivity: Using the SAM Bulletin, the SAM Community Forum, the SAM Student Forum page, the SAM Student Forum Facebook group, and this web page, we keep you up-to-date on the latest student-related announcements and deadlines.

  • Conference Activities: We host a Student Forum panel at the conference as well as a student-only luncheon, at which we conduct our business meeting and discuss possible topics for future panels. (Recent topics have included imagining an ideal graduate program in American music and alternative career paths for musicologists.) We also manage the Silent Auction (see below) and help students find roommates for the conference.

  • Silent Auction: The society holds a Silent Auction at the annual SAM conference to benefit the Student Travel Fund. The auction is coordinated entirely by the Student Forum. More than ever, we need your help with planning and running the auction. This is a great way to get more involved and to get to know other students in SAM. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer, please contact the Student Forum co-chairs. Student travel fund recipients are required to help at the close of the auction on Saturday evening.

Conference Information

  • Student Forum Meeting and Dinner: Check the program for the time and location.

  • Co-Chair Elections: Students present at the Student Forum business meeting will elect a new Student Forum Co-Chair. Being a Co-Chair is an excellent way to become more involved in the Society for American Music and get to know some of your colleagues! If you are interested in the position, please contact the Student Forum co-chairs for more information.

  • Mark Tucker AwardThe Tucker Award is given yearly for an outstanding student paper read at our national meeting. The award honors the life and work of Mark Tucker, a much beloved late member of SAM. Any student planning to read a paper at the next national conference is eligible to apply. If you would like to apply, a complete version of the paper is due by the deadline given on the Tucker Award information page. You will not receive your check if you are not present.

We are always looking for ways to encourage student participation in conference activities, foster contacts with each other throughout the year, and encourage student members to become active, life-long SAM members. If you have any ideas or comments, please contact the Student Forum co-chairs.

Student Travel Fund

Click here to learn more about assistance available to students for travel to the national conference.