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APPAM 2017 Regional Student Conferences

APPAM will host two regional student conferences in 2017. The DC Regional Student Conference will be held on April 7th - 8th, 2017 at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. The California Regional Student Conference will be held on April 9th - 10th at the University of California Riverside in Riverside, CA. During these conferences, 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.
 
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 or projects, if accepted, will be assembled into panels by the Program Committee. Fully formed panels are 3 - 4 papers or projects, each with an author/presenter, all with a common theme.
 
Poster submissions are based on single paper/projects that are presented in poster format. Presenters will be asked to discuss their work and answer questions during each poster session.
 

Who Should Submit

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

How to Submit Your Proposal IMG_0215-001


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. 

Submit your proposal here for the DC Regional Student Conference to be held on  April 7th - 8th in Arlington, VA 

Submit your proposal here for the California Regional Student Conference to be held on  April 9th - 10th in Riverside, CA

 

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

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

Important Dates

  • November 30th - Submissions Open
  • January 18th - Submission Deadline
  • Early February - Accept/Reject Notices Delivered

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, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech.
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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 submit proposals for their work to be included in the conference. For more information about the conference, please contact Tara Sheehan, tsheehan@appam.org or Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org.  

 

Policy Areas 

APPAM will accept submissions from the following areas:
  • Crime and Drugs: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Drug use and legalization, incarceration effects, prisoner outcomes, police and court processes, international crime, black markets, corruption, rehabilitation programs, recidivism, human rights abuses, etc. 
     
  • Education: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Head Start, pre-K, kindergarten, elementary education, high school, college, student loans, school and teacher accountability, disadvantaged students, charter schools, grants and financial aid, teacher evaluation and effectiveness, curriculum, student achievement and attainment, class size and composition, after school and summer programs, Veterans (GI Bill), arts and culture programs in schools, etc.
     
  • Employment and Training Programs: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Unemployment, underemployment, re-training programs, veterans transition to civilian careers, workplace accommodation for persons with disabilities, earned income tax credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit, unemployment insurance, internships, apprenticeships, outsourcing, etc.
     
  • Family and Child Policy: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Marriage and marriage education, child support enforcement, child care access, child care subsidies and quality, infants and toddlers, child wellbeing, parental education and employment, vulnerable children and families, school readiness, intergenerational mobility, childhood hunger, family resource and income management, familial immigration concerns, single parent and child custody issues, family planning, etc.
     
  • Health Policy: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), barriers to health care access, wellness programs for aging populations and persons with disabilities, rehabilitation programs for veterans, obesity and nutrition (exclusive of SNAP and WIC), reproductive health, health care costs, physician behaviors, health literacy, alcohol, drug and tobacco use, arts programs as rehabilitation, etc.
     
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: private and public sector capability to minimize the impact of disasters on the American public, the planning, response, recovery and mitigation of emergency management, and the planning of homeland security and emergency preparedness organizational issues. 
     
  • Housing and Community Development: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Housing stipends, Section-8 housing, community development plans to alleviate crime and poverty, foreclosures, home ownership, relocation assistance, Federal Housing Assistance Loans (FHAs), mortgage assistance, home owner and rental insurance, veterans housing programs, etc.
     
  • Impact of Politics on the Policy Process: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Implementing policy, policy reform, policymaking, policy procedures, political participation in policy, policy analysis, accommodating changing attitudes, grant policies, policy across all levels of government: federal, state and local, government efficiency, participation in governance, bureaucracy, intergovernmental relations, budget allocations, the effect of politics on policy, elections, global politics, etc.
     
  • International Development Policy: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: the economic, political, health, and ethical factors of development, economic stagnation, population displacement, food insecurity, and political repression in developing areas, and the effects of interventions on development outcomes.
     
  • Natural Resource Security, Energy, and Environmental Policy: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues:  Energy options and use, research for new sources of energy, pollution, waterways, conservation efforts, protected land and species, natural resource scarcity and management, green economies, land reform, climate change, sustainability, etc.
     
  • National Security and Foreign Policy: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: core security issues such as traditional intelligence and defense analysis, international security problems in general, and emerging issues such as peace operations and intricacies of information warfare.
     
  • Politics, Presidential Studies, and Election Management: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: campaign finance and contributions, elections, and the impact of public opinion and polling.
     
  • Population and Migration Issues: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Immigration trends, culture, population growth and decline, aging populations, policy reactions to demographic changes, minority and immigrant migration, labor migration across borders, etc.
     
  • Poverty and Income Policy: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Food insecurity, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP), welfare, school breakfast and lunch programs, personal retirement planning and income, the Great Recession outcomes, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), poverty reduction programs, savings and asset accumulation, disaster assistance, veterans assistance, disability programs including Social Security Disability Insurance  and Supplemental Security Income, etc.
     
  • Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Performance management, citizen assessments of public performance, measuring efficacy of federal, state and local programs, block grants, intergovernmental finance, nonprofit management and finance, program implementation, citizen engagement, tax policy, knowledge management, public information sharing, budget cuts, government priorities, etc.
     
  • Social Equity: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Gender (including transgender and non-binary gender identification), race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration and LGBT issues, affirmative action and diversity programs, etc. May have overlap with Employment and Training Programs on affirmative action and diversity hiring programs.
     
  • Science and Technology: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Science as evidence in policymaking, resource allocation related to science, technology, innovation and economic development; knowledge management within and across organizations, national borders, etc.
     
  • Tools of Analysis: Methods, Data, Informatics, and Research Design: This policy area includes, but is not limited to, research on the following issues: Methods of analysis, big data, data collection and structuring, research design, policy informatics, computational modeling, system dynamics, data visualization, applications of analytic methods, evidence-based decision making, estimating causal effects, assessing bias, etc.
 
 
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