2017 Fall Conference FAQ



This FAQ addresses specific questions for the 2017 Fall Research Conference in Chicago, IL. Below you will find FAQ on both how to register for the 2017 Fall Research Conference as well as general questions. If you have a question and it is not answered by any of our FAQs, please feel free to contact Tristanne Staudt, Education and Conferences Manager, at tstaudt@appam.org.


Registration Questions

Questions And Answers

My organization is asking for a completed W-9 to draw up a check for my registration. Is this possible?

We would be happy to provide your organization a copy of our W-9 for payment.  Please contact Meghan Grenda at mgrenda@appam.org to obtain this.

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How do I register for the conference?

Registration for the conference is now open.  Click here for registration pricing information.

Click here to register now.

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2018 Fall Conference Questions

Questions And Answers

What are the registration fees associated with this conference?

The registration fees vary depending on your membership status, date of registration, and government affiliation. Find the details here.

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What are the various deadlines for registration?

Early Registration Opens July 16, 2018
Speaker Registration Deadline September 28, 2018
Early Registration Ends September 28, 2018
Regular Registration Opens September 29, 2018
Regular Registration Ends October 30, 2018
Onsite Registration Opens November 7, 2018


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What special events will take place during the conference?

You can see a list of special events here. Special events will also be listed in the online preliminary program, the mobile app, and the printed program.

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How can I learn more about chair, discussant and participant roles and responsibilities?

You can find details on participant roles as well as suggested formats for all sessions on the Participant Guidelines page.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org.

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Are there guidelines for poster presenters this year?

Yes; these guidelines apply to all poster presentations for this year's conference. If you have any questions, please contact Tristanne Staudt, tstaudt@appam.org

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I have a PowerPoint/handout to accompany my presentation. What do I do?

If you’re presenting and want attendees to have access to handouts, Power Point presentations, or other documents, APPAM can upload them to the conference mobile app for attendees to peruse at their leisure. Contact Larissa Dalton Stephanoff, ldstephanoff@appam.org, for more information on how to get your materials online.

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Will there be a conference app available again this year?

The APPAM Fall Research Conference mobile app will once again be available to all attendees. Whether you use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop, this handy application can help you keep track of your schedule, network with fellow attendees both near and far, find presenters and papers at a touch, and utilize social media to enhance your experience. Find the app in your device’s app store or download it in mid-September. Watch APPAM.org/evidence-for-action for more details.

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What meals are included in the registration rate?

Your registration includes several meals and receptions during the conference:


  • Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
  • Afternoon coffee and refreshments at 1:30 pm in the Exhibit Hall
  • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Poster Happy Hour
  • Heavy appetizers and drinks at the Welcome Reception


  • Full breakfast at the Membership and Awards Breakfast (Event is free, but advanced RSVP is required)
  • Afternoon coffee and refreshments at 2:30 pm in the Exhibit Hall
  • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Presidential Address & APPAM Awards
  • Heavy appetizers and drinks at the Presidential Reception


  • Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
  • Full lunch at the Poster Luncheon (Event is free, but tickets are required to pick up a meal. Tickets can be obtained from any poster presenter)

In addition, these affinity group events are free:


  • Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Meetup (exclusive to fellowship recipients)
  • Mentor Matching Program Meeting (exclusive to program participants)


  • Equity & Inclusion Fellowship Luncheon (exclusive to fellowship recipients)
  • LGBTQI Mixer (RSVP here)
  • Student Mixer

Thursday’s Opening Luncheon featuring a talk from three top policy school deans is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased for $38 in advance during the registration process, or at the Registration Desk (availability is limited).

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Will there be volunteer opportunities for the Fall Research Conference?

Yes, there will be volunteer opportunities for students. We will be seeking volunteers for both editorial and general assistance at the conference.  Please contact Larissa Dalton Stephanoff, ldstephanoff@appam.org, for more details on these opportunities.

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What sponsorship, advertising, and exhibit opportunities are available?

Browse the full list of sponsorship opportunities!

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Where can I find tips on how to get my proposal accepted?

Watch this APPAM webinar: Fall Conference Research Subsmissions

Webinar attendees will learn from seasoned APPAM panelists and Conference Program Committee members on what the proposal review process entails, what they look for when reviewing proposals, and what factors can increase your chance of getting accepted.

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Is there a fee for submission of papers for the Fall Research Conference.

There is no fee to submit a paper proposal for the Fall Conference. Presenters of accepted proposals will be required to register for the conference. There is a fee for registration and the registration period for the Fall Research Conference will opened in July.

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Are there any resources for parents at the conference?

Great question!  

Every APPAM Fall Research Conference has a mothers' room available for attendees.  The key is kept at registration and we just ask that you return the key once you've finished.

We do not offer onsite child care, but we are happy to recommend local services upon request.  For the 2018 conference, possible providers include White House Nannies and Nannytainment.

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