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The Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group

If you are an ASA member and a student or an emerging professional (recently graduated or new to the field), you can join this formal network and hear regularly from the STEP leaders through the AgeBlog, learn about the events held at the Aging in America Conference, discover how to get involved in ASA leadership by helping develop a pathway to leadership model, and participate in building an online discussion forum for STEP.

  • If you are an ASA member, click here to add the STEP Network to your profile.
  • If you are not an ASA member, click here to join.

STEP at Aging in America Conference in San Francisco

The STEP Group serves to advance the educational and professional development opportunities for students and early stage career professionals in aging by:

  • Developing your leadership skills through service on ASA committees.
  • Participating through a formal program (modeled on the Chicago Bridge’s mentor program) where volunteers are senior leaders offering guidance and advice.
  • Engaging with other students and early stage career professionals through local groups, such as, Chicago Bridge, GenPhilly, Legacy, and the Washington, D.C.-based Tomorrows Leaders in Aging.

Wondering how to get involved? Here are some ways you can contribute, network and participate:

  • Have something to say? Blog it!  ASA now has a weblog feature. Perspectives from students and early stage career professionals are welcome at any time. For more information or submit a post, email Betsy Dorsett,
  • Submit your research to the Graduate Student Research Award.  For complete details and deadlines, see the Awards page.
  • Submit a poster or workshop to present at Aging in AmericaASA’s Call for Proposals opens each June. Submit your workshop or poster proposal and gain valuable experience in presenting to a national audience at Aging in America. And, you get the student faculty rate!   
  • Volunteer at the Aging in America!  Do you, a friend or colleague need help with registration to the next Aging in America conference?  We have many student and emerging professionals who, instead of presenting, help out as conference greeters or room monitors. For doing so, registrants can save up to 50% off the regular attendee registration fees.  Volunteer responsibilities and applications will be available on the conference webpage starting in October.
  • Follow ASA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to “meet” other members and friends before the conference and to stay in touch after.  Some great discussions going on now!
  • Get involved locally.  There are several local groups (if yours is not listed, tell us) who promote the early stage career professional and students with networking opportunities in local areas. Connect with these groups and build your network of peers.

The Chicago Bridge (Chicago, IL)

GenPhilly (Philadelphia, PA)

Tomorrow’s Leaders in Aging (Washington, D.C.)

The Youth Movement

Boston Bridge (Boston, MA)


If you are an ASA member, click here to add the STEP Network to your profile.

If you are not an ASA member, click here to join.

For questions about Student and Emerging Professionals opportunities please contact STEP Jarmin Yeh, at

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