APPAM Regional Student Conference - CA




The California Regional Student Conference will be held on March 9th – 10th, 2018, at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. During this conference, students will present research across a wide variety of policy areas, through poster sessions and on conference panels with their peers.

Participating students will gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students. Students will have several opportunities to network and make connections with a diverse group of policy professionals, as well as other policy students.

During these conferences participating students will present their research on panels of peers and through poster sessions across a wide variety of policy areas. Student presenters will gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students.

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Registration is Open!

The deadline is March 2nd.



The registration rate for all attendees, including student presenters, is $25.00. This fee includes breakfast and lunch each day and a networking reception.

California Hotel & Travel Information

RSC_CA2017All conference sessions will be held in the Burkle Family Building at Claremont Graduate University:

Burkle Family Building
Claremont Graduate University
1021 N Dartmouth Ave
Claremont, CA 91711

Claremont Graduate University has a Metrolink Rail stop less than one mile from campus. Complimentary parking will be available for all conference attendees.

The conference hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont. Please note that the conference hotel block is full. Rooms are still available at a variety of non-conference rates.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont
555 W. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, California 91711
(909) 445-1824

Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 9th

8:30 – 4:30 pm Registration and Coffee
9:30 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions
11:15 – 12:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:00 – 2:30 pm Lunch Workshop
2:30 – 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 6:00 pm Networking Reception & Poster Session


Saturday, March 10th

8:00 – 1:45 pm Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
10:45 – 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:30 – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:45 – 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions

Special Events

Lunch Workshop:

Tips for Translating Your Policy Degree into Academia, Public Service, and Other Scholarly Practices

Please join us for this workshop which will coach students on how to best prepare for a career inside (or outside!) academia.  Career development experts will be on hand to explore writing methods, general interviewing tips, and what it takes to secure a faculty position.  All PhD and master’s students will learn what skills and strategies they need to translate into a successful leadership role.


  • Lisa Jonsson, Doctoral Candidate and Assistant Policy Researcher, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Christine Kelly, Director of Career Development, Claremont Graduate University
  • Jesse Melgar, Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Communications Officer at California Secretary of State
  • Jeremy Schnieder, PFF Center, Claremont Graduate University
  • Moderator – Juliet Musso, University of Southern California
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 CA area over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view student poster presentations and speak with authors.
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.

Important Dates

  • November 13th – Submissions Open
  • January 10th – Submission Deadline
  • February 1st – Students Notified of Submission Acceptance Status
  • February 1st – Registration Opens
  • February12th  – Registration Deadline for Presenters
  • February 16th – Final or Updated Papers Due to Panel Discussant
  • February 16th – Hotel Reservation Deadline (Conference Block is FULL)
  • March 2nd – Registration Closes
  • March 9th & 10th – CA Regional Student Conference

Sponsoring Schools

California Regional Conference Sponsors: Claremont Graduate University, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Pepperdine University, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Riverside, University of California San Diego and University of Southern California.

Students from non-sponsoring schools may also attend and participate in the conference. For more information about the conference, please contact Tara Sheehan, or Meghan Grenda,

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