SIGs and TIGs Open to Non-members

With all the excitement of the 100th anniversary of AAPG at the Annual Convention in Houston last month, there was a bit of news that you may have missed: there is now a way for AAPG Members and non-members alike to join the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Technical Interest Groups (TIGS).

This is exciting news for the YPs, as one of the YP SIG’s main challenges has been connecting and communicating with not only AAPG Members who identify as young professionals, but also with all Members who support the mission of the YPs and want information about our current activities.

Not Just For Members

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With all the excitement of the 100th anniversary of AAPG at the Annual Convention in Houston last month, there was a bit of news that you may have missed: there is now a way for AAPG Members and non-members alike to join the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Technical Interest Groups (TIGS).

This is exciting news for the YPs, as one of the YP SIG’s main challenges has been connecting and communicating with not only AAPG Members who identify as young professionals, but also with all Members who support the mission of the YPs and want information about our current activities.

Not Just For Members

The Association leadership has made the decision to allow non-members to temporarily join SIGs and TIGs to preview what these groups have to offer. The idea is to allow a prospective Member to sign-up for a SIG/TIG, but their membership will expire after one year if he or she still hasn’t become an AAPG Member.

This is an excellent way to introduce people to the AAPG community and ultimately attract more Members to the Association. Our hope is that YP members from our sister societies and beyond will use this approach to learn more about who the AAPG YPs are, what we are doing and decide that this is a group they would like to join and become actively involved with.

How Do I Join?

I know everyone one of you – at least, all the non-members reading this – is asking yourself, “This is great! How do I join?”

I’m glad you asked. Joining is easy:

  • First, navigate to the SIGs and TIGs websites. You can do that by either going to the homepage at AAPG.org, and under the ‘Career’ tab, select “Special Interest Groups (SIGs)” or “Technical Interest Groups (TIGs)”. Alternatively, you can go directly to the pages at AAPG.org/sigs or AAPG.org/tigs. As of this writing, there are two SIGs and 15 TIGs you can join.
  • Second, be sure you’re logged into your AAPG account. If you don’t have an account, you must create one. Then, join as many of the SIGs and TIGs that interest you.
  • Third, manage your subscription settings. You can select whether to receive email communication from the SIG/TIG.

I would strongly encourage everyone who is interested in the YPs to join the YP SIG and subscribe to our communications. The current SIG leadership are looking forward to communicating more effectively with our members and providing relevant products and services. As AAPG looks at our next 100 years, the YPs are excited to be involved with the future of the organization and we look forward to seeing our SIG membership grow.

Looking for more ways to communicate with the YP SIG? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @aapgypsig, like our page on Facebook or join our LinkedIn group.

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