The Assoication of American Geographers is the main academic and professional organization for Geographers in the US. The AAG, which has been around for over 100 years, supports all areas of Geography and hosts an annual meeting each Spring. Within the AAG there are several specialty and affinity groups (for instance, I am currently the chair of the Graduate Student Affinity Group…more on that later) that support the wide range of of interests within geography community. The next meeting will be in Chicago in early March 2006, however anyone interested in presenting at the AAG must submit abstracts by October 13, 2005.
In addition to general presentations, most of the specialty groups have student paper competitions. Visit their respective web page to obtain more information on these and other opportunties.