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2018 Fall Research Conference Student Resources



Evidence for Action:
Encouraging Innovation and Improvement

November 8 - 10, 2018  | Washington Marriott Wardman Park |  Washington, DC

The APPAM Fall Research Conference is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference that attracts the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues. The conference is comprised of panels, roundtables, and poster presentations and is designed to encourage substantive interaction among participants.

Students are an important part of APPAM. Because we value your contributions to the association, we've planned student specific events to be held during the Fall Research Conference. Professional development sessions, networking opportunities with policy experts, and student attendee meets-up are what you can look forward to.

Here is what we have planned for the conference:

Professional Development Sessions

Expanding Underrepresented Minority Voices in Policy Research

Broad participation matters in the policy process. Given the wide array of policy endeavors affecting, and indeed targeting, underrepresented minority groups, effective policy research should carefully attend to what these minority groups have to say. This session addresses ways policy research can be attentive to voices of underrepresented minority groups. The session aims include: discussing some of the existing work on diversity and inclusion within policy research, illustrating how policy research can be used to serve minority communities, and considering how scholars from minority backgrounds can leverage their personal insight to inform their research.

Time and Location TBD
Translating Research into Policy

How can we translate academic research into real-world policy? In this panel, we explore ways that researchers can help policymakers, voters, and stakeholders understand and make decisions based on their research findings. Our panelists for this session come from a variety of backgrounds, and provide insight from the perspective of both academics and policymakers.

Topics to be discussed include 1) how to identify audiences for your work, 2) strategies for connecting with local, state, and federal policymakers, and 3) how to effectively and efficiently communicate with policymakers, both orally and in writing. We will also address ways to identify alternate audiences or communication methods for your work if your initial audience is not receptive, or if policy suggestions are not initially implemented.

Time and Location TBD
Quantitative Methods for Complex Policy Problems

Complex public policy problems can arise under different conditions such as issues that cut across many sectors with many stakeholders, deep uncertainty about the future, changing social networks and emergent behavior. To solve these types of policy problems, there are several quantitative approaches used in practice. The aim of this panel is to explore some of these quantitative approaches used to address complex policy problems and provide examples of the methods currently used in practice by both academics and practitioners. In this panel, we will explore micro simulation, network analysis, robust decision making and qualitative comparison analysis. We will also discuss emergent methods and resources for tackling complex policy problems.

Time and Location TBD

Mentor Matching Program

Are you an APPAM student member in search of career development support, research guidance, and networking? The APPAM Mentor Matching Program is right for you! This program will match student members with professional member to connect one-on-one regarding professional development topics.

We will host a kick-off webinar this summer, a meet-up at the fall conference, and various online events to connect throughout the year. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to check-in at least once per quarter.

Types of mentoring available:
  • Job Doc Review – Resume, teaching statement, lesson plans, and career & goal setting 
  • Research Guidance – Feedback on current research, assistance identifying potential collaborators or datasets, research strategies/statements/questions review 
  • Overall Professional Development – Provide and receive information on career options, interviewing tips, teaching strategies, and overall long-term career planning
  • Fellowship Application Assistance – Assistance with preparing fellowship applications, budgeting, meeting application requirements, and managing deadlines

Expand your professional network today by participating in the Mentor Matching Program!

Sign up or find additional information.

Equity and Inclusion Fellowship

In an effort to encourage participation by underrepresented students in APPAM and its activities, the Policy Council and APPAM’s Diversity Committee created the ‘APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellowship’ in April 2016.

The fellowship supports the travel and participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2018 APPAM Fall Research Conference. Information about the Fellowship is available here.

Fellowship Meetup

Date and Time: Thursday, November 8 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Lincoln 1 - Exhibit Level

Exclusive to the 2018 fellows, come relax with the other recipients!

Policy PhD Program Fair

Date and Time: Friday, November 9 from 12:00pm - 1:15pm 
Location: Thurgood Marshall East - Mezz Level

Come meet individually with PhD program representatives and learn about the differences between programs, what being a PhD student is like, what courses a particular program offers and what kinds of benefits and services are offered to students.  Talk to staff from programs across the country and get more information on whether a PhD program might be the right choice for you. 

The PhD Program Fair is open only to students not currently enrolled in a PhD program and professionals who do not hold a PhD.

Student Lounge

Date and Time: Thursday, November 8 - Saturday, November 10
Location: TBD

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 9 from 7:45 - 9:15pm
Location: Student Lounge, location TBD

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

Student Networking Group

Looking for other student attendees to connect with at the conference? Please join the APPAM Student Member E-List to connect with fellow students who share similar policy interests.

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. To join this E-List please log into your APPAM Member Profile, select My Profile & Invoices, Features, and then select the Student Member E-List to begin receiving updates. For more information on APPAM member E-Lists please visit here.

For questions please contact Ryan Martz, Membership & Administration Manager, at rmartz@appam.org.  

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