Students & Postdocs find

a scientific home in ACA



As the future of the scientific community, students and early career scientists are a vital part of ACA.  As a Student or Postdoc member, you will find a strong network of support for your studies and career in crystallography. 


Through numerous opportunities for networking and publication, as well as discounted access to resources and subscriptions, ACA offers unique benefits tailored to your needs.  There are also discounted meeting registration fees and opportunities for travel support so that you can make the most of your membership. 


Get connected to the leading researchers, professors, engineers and business professionals in crystallography - become a Student or Postdoc member today.

Become a Member


Download the application form and fax to (716) 898-8695 or mail it to:


American Crystallographic Association

P.O. Box 96 Ellicott Station

Buffalo, NY 14205


To make it even easier, go paperless and join online!


Renew Your Membership


Log into your account and renew today!  Contact the ACA office with any questions about your account at (716) 898-8690 or [email protected].

 Student & Postdoc Member Benefits

 Special Discounts

Membership dues - Students $30 (75% off Regular dues), Postdocs $50 (60% off Regular dues).  

Meeting registration  - Students and Postdocs receive big discounts on annual meeting registration costs.

Acta Crystallographia F subscriptions - Receive discounted rates on journals published by the  American Institute of Phycics (AIP) and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).


Career scientists share their experiences. In 2012, the Young Scientist Scientific Interest Group began a series of interviews with a diverse set of mentors from industry and academia. Click here to gain valuable insight to your future.





Networking & Career Building

Special Events at Annual Meetings - The Annual Mixer sponsored by the YSIG is a great great opportunity for networking and socializing at annual meetings.
Scientific Interest Groups - Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs) are the easiest way to get connected to other scientists and become familiar with ACA.  Join as many SIGs as you want, including one especially for Young Scientists
Job Board - Looking for a job or a postdoc position?  Check out open positions employers have recently posted on our job board. 
Travel Grants - Apply to receive support for travel to meetings.
Award Presentations - ACA presents many awards each year at annual meetings.  Several are dedicated especially to students and postdocs, such as our annual Poster Prizes and the M.C. Etter Early Career Award, which includes a monetary prize and lecture opportunity.


Resources Physics Today online & print subscription - Physics Today is a monthly magazine published by the American Institute of Physics.

ACA RefleXions quarterly magazine subscription - ACA RefleXions includes valuable information on the latest developments in database access and distribution, job opportunities, developments in diffraction and computer technology and listings and reviews of national and international meetings.


Young Scientists Scientific Interest Group (YSIG) 


The Young Scientists SIG exists to address the needs and concerns of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other scientists who are making the transition from their education to the workplace or research establishments.  In YSIG, students, postdocs and those early on in their careers will find an abundance of resources for networking, finding job opportunities and exchanging ideas and research techniques.  YSIG is a great way to become familiar with the ACA and its activities. 


Young Scientists Travel Grants

ACA is committed to helping as many students and young scientists as possible attend annual meetings.  Every year we receive generous donations from the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) as well as from individual members and businesses who share our commitment.  Together we strive to make it possible for young scientists from around the world to gather and share their ideas with the greater crystallographic community.


To apply for a travel grant for the upcoming meeting, please download an application form (found on the meeting page) and send it back to us as instructed on the form.  We cannot guarantee that everyone will receive a travel grant, however your application will be considered by the Continuing Education Committee.  Preference is given to those presenting a poster or a lecture.


 Young Scientists




    2019 Meeting

 July 20 - 24

 Cincinnati/northern Kentucky