Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of joining AWMA?
Benefits of being a member of the national organization include:
- -Networking opportunities with leading professionals in the environmental field.
- -Access to cutting-edge professional, scientific and technological resources.
- -Opportunities for professional training and development -- such as our specialty conferences, workshops, annual meeting, and the QEP Certification Program.
- -A subscription the EM, A&WMA's monthly magazine for environmental managers
- -Access to a searchable, online membership directory, which contains contact information for members.
- -Access to local Section and Chapter events.
- -Free access to the Special Reference Collection powered by Knovel, and discount subscriptions to other environmental journals.
- -Discount on Journal page charges.
On a local level, you will gain networking opportunities and access to potential employers for a job or internship. AWMA also looks great on a resume. Joining AWMA also offers the opportunity to travel to a regional or national conference to present research or participate in the student environmental challenge.
Check out a brochure published by AWMA on the benefits of becoming a student member: http://www.awma.org/files_original/A&WMA%20Student%20Membership%20Brochure.pdf
What type of commitment is involved in joining?
Attendance at chapter meetings is a requirement. Our chapter meets once a month for about 1 hour. Attendance at AWMA sponsored seminars and other events is also strongly recommended. There is also the opportunity to become more involved through becoming an officer in the student chapter or organizing and attending other events. AWMA is a great organization for students because it only requires about 2 hours per month to be an active member of the chapter, but many other opportunities to get more involved are also present.
Who can join AWMA?
Anyone. Undergraduate and graduate students from any department are welcome in our student chapter. The only requirement for joining is an interest in environmental issues. If you are not a student, we can put you in contact with someone from the Montana chapter.
Is there any cost to join?
Membership to the national organization costs $35 per year, which includes membership costs to the local chapter. This membership fee also includes access to the AWMA journal and other opportunities. Membership to only the student chapter costs $15 and includes PNWIS regional events.
How do I join?
Just talk to any of the officers at our events, or contact an officer via e-mail to get more information.