APPAM 2015 Fall Conference Student Resources


Students are an important part of APPAM. Because we value your contributions to the association, we've planned student specific conference events during the Fall Research Conference. Professional development sessions are scheduled for Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13. The sessions are for students in all stages of their education, from undergraduate through postdoctoral and will feature panelists from a variety of professional fields.

During the conference there will be lots of informal opportunities to network with other students, practitioners and academics. There's a Student Mixer on Friday, November 13 and Ask the Experts Roundtable Discussions (TBD). There's also an APPAM 2015 Fall Research Conference Student Group that's been created for networking with student attendees and finding colleagues who are also attending the conference. Here's what's planned for the conference:

Professional Development Sessions for Students – New Format for 2015!

The 2015 APPAM Professional Development Sessions for Students will be held throughout the conference, with programming on Thursday and Friday, to better accommodate student travel schedules. The sessions are aimed at supporting students in all stages of their education, from undergraduate through postdoctoral.

This year’s sessions will feature a series of panels with experts from a variety of professional fields to provide students with advice on their careers, both as students and after graduation. Sessions include:

Tips for Getting Published
Thursday, November 12
8:30am – 10:00am
Location: Brickell Center

This session will provide students with valuable tips and best practices for getting published.  Panelists will describe: the importance of publishing pre-graduation, the academic publishing environment as it relates to public policy and strategies for getting published.

Panelists: Kenneth Couch, University of Connecticut; Maureen A. Pirog, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Tyler Scott,  University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs

The Policy Job Market - What Recent Graduates and Employers Have to Say
Thursday, November 12
 10:15am – 11:45am
Location: Brickell Center

This session will provide students with interviewing tips, CV pointers, key attributes employers seek when hiring, the paths that led to the panelists’ careers, and what the post-graduation job search experience entails. Panelists from academia and the private and public sectors will describe their professional career path, useful tips career tips they learned along the way, and what future graduates can do in preparation for their post-graduate career search.

Panelists: Colin Chellman, City University of New York; Sarah Cordes, Temple University College of Education; Chris Eshleman, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; John Hutchins, MDRC; Randall Juras, Abt Associates; Ketra Rice, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Shelly Ver Ploeg, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Grant Writing Process
Friday, November 13
8:30am – 10:00am
Location: Brickell Center

This session will provide an overview of the grant writing process including fundamentals of good grant writing, preparing grant applications, and the roles of the grant writer and review committee.  Attendees will learn about the tools needed for writing grant proposals and the processes for developing ideas for funding, budgeting, and compliance.

Panelists: Andrea C. Bueschel, Spencer Foundation; Vivian Tseng, William T. Grant Foundation; James A. Wilson, Russell Sage Foundation

Career Paths Outside Academia for Policy Graduates
Friday, November 13
10:15am – 11:45am
Location: Brickell Center

This session will examine career paths outside of the academic, research, and think tank tracts. Panelists from the association, Congressional, and not-for-profit sectors will describe their job search experiences, what their current employers look for in job candidates, and how to translate academic experience to "real world" experience.

Panelists: Stuart Buck, Laura and John Arnold Foundation; Selena Caldera, Senior-Level Public Policy Researcher
Andy Feldman,
U.S. Department of Education; Angie Hull, Association for Education Finance & Policy

Student Lounge

Date and Time: Thursday, November 12 to Saturday, November 14
Location: Gardenia A/B

Looking for a spot to charge your mobile device, relax, and grab a quick snack? Come visit the Student Lounge!  Charging stations, refreshments, and seating areas will be available for students to network with other students, schedule time to meet with professionals, or answer a few quick emails. 

Student Mixer

Date and Time: Friday, November 13 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Flamingo 

Student attendees are invited to an informal meetup to mingle and enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres during this networking event just for students!

Ask the Experts Roundtable Discussions

Date and Time: Thursday, November 12 t0 Saturday, November 14
Location: Gardenia A/B

The Ask the Experts Roundtable Discussions will provide an opportunity for students to meet with professionals to discuss a variety of policy topics. Experienced professionals will be available in the student lounge to speak with students, offer advice, and discuss research projects.  These discussions will provide a candid, informal opportunity to network with practitioners and academics.  

Experienced Professionals and Meeting Times

Thursday, November 12th
1:45 - 2:15pm - Jeryl Mumpower, PhD, Texas A&M University; David Johnson, PhD, Bureau of Economic Analysis
2:15 - 2:45pm - Scott Allard, PhD, University of Washington; Matt Stagner, PhD, Mathematica Policy Research; Patricia Troppe, PhD, Westat
2:45 - 3:15pm - Adam Coyne, Mathematica Policy Research; Swati Desai, PhD, University at Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
3:15 - 3:45pm - Mike Shires, PhD, Pepperdine University; Misty Heggeness, Phd, National Institutes of Health
3:45 - 4:15pm - Sanya Carley, PhD, Indiana University; Sherry Glied, PhD, New York University
4:15 - 4:45pm - Angela Evans, The University of Texas at Austin; Gregory Mills, PhD, The Urban Institute

Friday, November 13th 
1:30 - 2:00pm - Kitt Carpenter, PhD, Vanderbilt University; Mark Long, PhD, University of Washington
2:00 - 2:30pm - Dylan Conger, PhD, George Washington University
2:30 - 3:00pm - Demetra Nightingale, PhD, US Department of Labor

Saturday, November 14th 
10:30 - 11:00am - Colleen Barry, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Student Attendee Facebook Group

Are you a student attending APPAM's 2015 Fall Research Conference and looking for other student attendees to connect with?

Please join the APPAM 2015 Fall Research Conference Student Group to network with student attendees with similar policy interests, find colleagues who are also attending the conference, and to find other student attendees to share travel costs with.

This group is open to all students attending the 2015 Fall Research Conference. APPAM will post student specific conference information such as student-only conference events, special student programming, and ideas to connect with other attendees in this forum. Look for updates beginning July 15, 2015 when conference registration opens. Please join this event to begin receiving student related conference updates.

For questions please contact Meghan Grenda, Membership & Administration Manager, at

See What Other Students are attending the Fall 2015 Research Conference

Looking to connect with fellow students at the fall conference but not sure who is attending?  APPAM is compiling a student attendee list. Use this list to learn if former colleagues are attending and to network with other students in your region or share the same policy focus area. Please contact Meghan Grenda at for a copy of the list.   

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