APPAM 2019 Regional Student Conference - DC




IMG_20180407_113022We are pleased to once again host the DC Regional Student Conference at American University in Washington, DC on March 29th – 30th, 2019. During this conference, students will present research across a wide variety of policy areas, through poster sessions and on conference panels with their peers.

Each year, participating students gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students. The Regional Student Conferences include several opportunities to network and make connections with a diverse group of policy professionals, as well as other policy students.  

Questions about the conference can be directed to Tristanne Staudt at



Important Dates

Hotel Information Preliminary Program Participant Guidelines Schedule at a Glance



Registration is only $25!  The fee includes full access to a two-day program that includes a career tips roundtable, poster and concurrent sessions, and breakfast and lunch each day.  All participants, including speakers, must register. 



Important Dates to Remember

Speaker Registration Deadline  March 1
Paper Submission Deadline March 8
General Registration Closes March 21
2019 DC Regional Student Conference March 29 - 30



2019 Hotel Information


Kimpton Glover Park Hotel
2505 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Our room block is currently full.  

A shuttle will be available on an as-needed basis between the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel and American University.  From the hotel, simply request the shuttle at the front desk of the hotel to go to the University.  From the University, attendees will call the hotel to request a ride back to the hotel.

View our list of hotels that have discounted pricing with American University.


Preliminary Program

Our Preliminary Program features descriptions of the panels, posters and session events that will make this conference one of our best yet.  


Participant Guidelines

Essential for both presenters and discussants, these guidelines help to establish expectations for audience engagement and interaction.  


2019 Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 29th

8:30 – 4:30 pm Registration and Coffee
9:30 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions
11:15 – 12:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Lunch Workshop: Getting Started Writing Grants

This lunch workshop will introduce both masters and doctoral students to the area of grantwriting. First, panelists will speak to the importance of grantwriting for furthering research but also boosting careers. Second, an overview of the timeline for grantwriting and submission will be provided. Finally, panelists will cover tips for getting started writing and submitting grants including an overview of resources available to students. Panelists will include student and faculty members with experience writing grant proposals and a funder.


  • Aeric Korner, Moderator, American University

  • Dave Marcotte, American University

  • Liz Peters, Urban Institute 

  • Jennifer Steele, American University

2:15 – 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 6:00 pm

Networking Reception & Poster Session

All attendees are encouraged to attend this reception to connect with their fellow students and make connections with other policy professionals in the DC area over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view student poster presentations and speak with authors. Up to 3 poster awards will be awarded during this session.


Saturday, March 30th

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration and Coffee
9:00 am - 9:45 am

Career Tips Roundtable

All attendees are invited to this roundtable where they will learn tips and best practices for starting their careers.  Speakers will include professionals from academia, research firms, and areas of the public sector.


  • Adam Briskin-Limehouse, Optimal Solutions Group 
  • Liana Fox, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Katie Gan, The Lab @ DC
  • Sarah Tahamont, University of Maryland 
10:00 – 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions
11:45 am – 1:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Networking Lunch

Enjoy discussing the day's sessions with your peers during this networking lunch. A buffet lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

2:45 – 4:15 pm Concurrent Sessions



Sponsoring Schools:

American University, College of William & Mary, George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, College Park, and Virginia Commonwealth University.



Read about the 2018 DC Student Conference.


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