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Students are an essential part of the Western History Association. The association makes a point to value the input of students and the WHA conference has always been known as a friendly and inclusive environment to present your research. Senior scholars and professionals in the western history field make efforts to connect with students through panels, mentoring, and receptions, and these networks encourage graduate students to make the WHA their professional organization home.

The WHA hosts a number of events and workshops designed specifically for graduate students, and graduate students are more than welcome to submit their work for presentations and awards.

Check this page for graduate student-related announcements during this year's 2024 WHA Conference, and follow us on social media! #WHA2024


The Western History Association is seeking qualified students to serve as members of the Graduate Conference Staff (aka "Grad Staff") for its 64th Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The Graduate Conference Staff is a group of motivated and hard working graduate students who are energized by the study of the North American West and hope to benefit from extra involvement in the WHA's premier annual event.

Grad Staff Benefits

As part of the Grad Staff, you will have the opportunity of networking with many experienced scholars in the field of western history. Through this group of students you will join years of cohorts of Grad Staff "Alumni" who have moved ahead in the profession to earn awards, scholarships, conference program placement, and invaluable knowledge about how the WHA can work best for your interests. As part of the Grad Staff you will form your own generational network of connections with peer graduate student colleagues and gain access to dozens of conference sessions, events, meals, and other ticketed programs. The Grad Staff is a vital part of the conference's functionality and through this experience you will improve on professionalization and leadership skills.

Grad Staff Incentives

4 hours = Free Registration and Graduate Student Reception

8 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, and Opening Reception

12 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 2 Meals, and Awards Banquet

20 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 4 Meals, Awards Banquet, and 1 Year Student Membership

30 hours = Free Registration, Graduate Student Reception, Opening Reception, 4 Meals, Awards Banquet, 1 Year Student Membership, and Shared Hotel Room for Duration of Shifts

Grad Staff Work Requirements

All Graduate Staff Members will use an app (TBA) to view their schedules and to communicate with the WHA Staff during the conference. The Graduate Staff who meet the work requirements will receive one shared hotel room. The Graduate Staff Member dress code is at a minimum business casual.

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas. The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!