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APPAM Regional Student Conference - DC


_DSC4252The DC Regional Student Conference will be held on April 6th – 7th, 2018, at American Universityin Washington, DC. 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.

Now Accepting Submissions

APPAM will solicit abstracts for (1) individual papers or projects to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3 – 4 papers/projects, and (3) posters.

Abstracts for individual papers/projects and posters should be no longer than 500 words; if a panel of papers/projects is proposed, there should be a summary of each paper/project plus an overarching description of the panel and its importance. Single papers, if accepted, will be assembled into panels by the Program Committee. Fully formed panels are 3 – 4 papers, each with a presenting author, all with a common theme.


Preliminary program coming soon Explore 2017 coverage View the 2017 program


Who Should Submit

Masters and PhD level students who are seeking an opportunity to present their research are encouraged to apply.

How to Submit Your Proposal

You will need to submit the following:

  • Abstract (500 word maximum)
  • Summary (if submitting a fully formed panel)
  • Contact information for all authors/presenters 

The APPAM abstract system will ask questions and collect contact information for all authors, organizers, and other participants. You will also need to provide a title and 500 word (or less) description of the proposal. You will receive an email confirmation once your proposal has been submitted. Users will be given a unique ID and password for each proposal so they can easily make changes to existing proposals until the submission deadline. 

***Please note there will be two separate submission processes for the DC and California Regional Student Conferences. If you would like to apply to both conferences, you will need to submit your proposal through each conference submission system.

Submit your DC Regional Student Conference proposal here November 29th – January 26th.


If you need assistance during the submission process, please reach out to Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org.

Submission Instructions & Helpful Tips 

Panel Submission

*There are two separate submission processes for the DC and CA Regional Student Conferences. Before you submit, please make sure you are submitting to the correct conference.

*While students may apply to both conferences,  students are limited to presenting at only one conference.

*By submitting a proposal, authors are expected to present their work should it be accepted and placed on the program. Papers/Projects and posters do not need to be complete in order to be presented at the conference.

Paper/Project Submission Instructions

Poster Submission

Questions? For conference related questions, please contact Meghan Grenda. For technical questions regarding the online submission process, please contact Tristanne Staudt.


Important Dates 

  • November 29th – Submissions Open
  • January 26th – Submission Deadline
  • Mid-February – Students Notified of Submission Acceptance Status
  • Mid-February – Registration Opens
  • Early March – Registration Deadline for Presenters
  • Late March – Final or Updated Papers Due to Panel Discussant
  • Late March – Registration Closes
  • April 6th & 7th – DC Regional Student Conference


Registration for the 2018 DC Regional Student Conference will open in March The registration rate for all attendees, including student presenters, is $25.00. This fee includes breakfast and lunch each day and a networking reception.

DC Hotel & Travel Information

All conference activities will be held in the Mary Graydon Center at American University:

Mary Graydon Center
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

American University offers free shuttle service from 6:15am – 3:30am on Fridays and 8:00am – 3:30am on Saturdays from the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop. All attendees are welcome to utilize the shuttle service to get from the Metro to campus.

APPAM is working to secure a room rate at nearby hotel for attendees. Please check back for hotel reservation information.

Sponsoring Schools 

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

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

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