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Professional organizations provide opportunities for students to learn and network through publications, meetings, and conferences. Some of these organizations provide discounted membership and conference fees for students. 


Bioinformatics Organization (http://www.bioinformatics.org/)

“The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. serves the scientific and educational needs of bioinformatic practitioners and the general public. We develop and maintain computational resources to facilitate world-wide communications and collaborations between people of all educational and professional levels. We provide and promote open access to the materials and methods required for, and derived from, research, development and education.


Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

“Founded in 1979, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) (formerly the American Association for Artificial Intelligence) is a nonprofit scientific society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines. AAAI also aims to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence, improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance for research planners and funders concerning the importance and potential of current AI developments and future directions.”


ACM - The Association for Computing Machinery

“ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.”


CG Society / Society of Digital Artists (http://www.cgsociety.org/)

Based in Australia, the CGSociety is a global organization for creative digital artists. The CGS supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote, by celebrating achievement, excellence and innovation in all aspects of digital art.  Members on the CGSociety Advisory Board include artists, animation directors and visual effects producers. 


IEEEInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (www.ieee.org/)

“IEEE is the world’s largest professional association advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted voice for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe.”


International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (http://www.iacsit.org/index.htm)

Based in Singapore, the IACSIT is a non-profit international scientific association of scholars engaged in computer science and information technology. The IACSIT members include professors, research scientists, engineers, scholars, experienced software development engineers, university postgraduate and undergraduate engineering and technology students. The mission of IACSIT is to foster and conduct collaborative interdisciplinary research in state-of-the-art methodologies and technologies within its areas of expertise.


International Digital Media and Arts Association (http://www.idmaa.org/)

The International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) began as a group of 15 universities. iDMAa is dedicated to serving educators, practitioners, scholars, and organizations with interests in digital media.


Network Professional Association (http://www.npanet.org/)

The non-profit Network Professional Association® is the leading organization for network computing professionals. Members adhere to a code of ethics, demonstrate continual professional development and knowledge, adhere to the latest best practice standards, and strive for continual growth. The Association’s focus is to support and promote the role of the network professional.

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