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APPAM Regional Student Conference - DC


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

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Registration is Open!

The deadline is March 30.



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.

The conference hotel is Kimpton Glover Park. Use this link to automatically receive the conference room rate (the online group code is "AUP" if necessary). Please note, the conference rate of $189, plus taxes and fees, is available for Thursday and Friday evening only. If you'd like to extend your stay, please call the hotel and reference APPAM for the best available rate. This room block closes March 20th.

Kimpton Glover Park
2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington DC 20007
Direct: (202) 337-9700
Reservations: (877) 219-2970


AnchorSchedule at a Glance

Friday, April 6th

8:30 am – 4:30 pm Registration and Coffee
9:30 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions
11:15 am – 12:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch Workshop
2:15 – 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 6:00 pm Networking Reception & Poster Session


Saturday, April 7th

8:00 am – 1:30 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

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Lunch Workshop:

Use of Social Media to Promote Your Policy Research

Is there a science to communicating about research? Research articles are not automatically cited by the media, shared on social media, or referenced by policy makers. Today, you need to plan and promote to gain attention for your work. Join us to learn more about best practices in this area. During the session, communication and social media experts will discuss ways to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, blogs) to expand the audience for your research.  Attendees will learn how to disseminate their research across social media networks and how to influence policymakers by distributing research findings outside of traditional channels.


  • Jake Ford, McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown
  • Liza Morris, American University
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.
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 29th – Submissions Open
  • January 26th – Submission Deadline
  • February 23rd – Students Notified of Submission Acceptance Status
  • February 23rd – Registration Opens
  • March 7th – Registration Deadline for Presenters
  • March 20th – Final or Updated Papers Due to Panel Discussant
  • March 30th – Registration Closes
  • April 6th & 7th – DC Regional Student Conference

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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