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General Association Info

Does APPAM engage in lobbying on behalf of its members?

As a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, APPAM is permitted to engage in limited lobbying and cannot make lobbying one of its central missions. However, APPAM is an affiliated member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), which represents the views of the social science research community to the federal government to encourage public support for research. 

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Membership

Why does APPAM have both individual and institutional members?

At the time APPAM was founded in the late 1970s, the plan was for the organization to be predominately an institutional membership association. APPAM would bring together the resources of public policy schools and policy research organizations to support a new conference and a new journal (JPAM). These activities were seen as important professional opportunities for an emerging field of policy and management research. At that time, institutional membership offered a way for the fledgling association to raise the financial resources necessary to launch. Within a few years, the growing body of individual members asked for and achieved a voice in APPAM’s governance, gaining the right to directly elect the Policy Council. Today APPAM continues to attract new institutional members who appreciate the conferences and the journal, lending their support to both.

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Why does APPAM have three different dues rates for professional members?

APPAM’s dues is dictated by a member's salary. In an effort to be sensitive to those members new to the public policy community, APPAM created three tiers of dues, all dependent on a member’s salary.

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How long can a person remain a student member?

A person can remain a student member for 5 years. They must be enrolled at an accredited university in a program of public policy or public affairs to be a student member. A student membership is only $35 annually and includes a subscription to JPAM, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management

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Who votes in the APPAM Policy Council election? Why participate?

All APPAM individual members are eligible to vote in the Council election. Since 2004, the election is held online for one month beginning in the middle of November.

Among the three members selected by the general membership, one will be a self-identified practitioner and the other two slots filled by academic members. (In 2013, the membership voted to reduce the size of the Policy Council from 40 to 29 members by 2017.)

Furthermore, members of the Council often serve on the Fall Conference Program Committee. This means that APPAM members have significant representation on the Council, and the Council itself is involved in APPAM’s most important activities. For these reasons, participation in the Council election is a substantive opportunity for members to determine what the Association does.

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JPAM

How often is JPAM produced?

The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is produced 4 times a year. It is available in print and online. Every member of APPAM receives issues of JPAM 4 times a year.

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How is JPAM produced?

JPAM is produced through an editorial office by an editor and their team. The editors serve five year terms and apply through a proposal process for the position. The editors are chosen by APPAM’s Policy Council. Maureen Pirog, the current editor of JPAM, will maintain her editorship through June of 2014. 

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Governance

Who has served as chair of the APPAM Institutional Representatives? How are they selected?

In 1985, APPAM created the Committee of Institutional Representatives and asked each member institution to appoint a representative to the committee. To date, the chairs of the Institutional Representatives have been the following:

Anita Summers, Univ. of Pennsylvania (1985-1989)
Irwin Feller, Penn State Univ. (1989-1991)
Charles Metcalf, Mathematica Policy Research (1991-1993)
Glen Hahn Cope, Univ. of Illinois-Springfield (1993-1995)
Jack Krauskopf, New School Univ. (1995-1996)
Mark Kamlet, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (1997-1999)
Susan Schwab, Univ. of Maryland-College Park (1999-2001)
Eugenia Toma, Univ. of Kentucky (2001-2003)
Michael Luger, Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2003-2005)
Michael O’Hare, Univ. of California-Berkeley (2005-2007)
Sandra Archibald, Univ. of Washington (2007-2009)
Carolyn Heinrich Univ. of Wisconsin (2009-2011)
Joseph Cordes, Univ. of Washington (2011-2013)

Note: Affiliations listed were at time of service as chair

The new chair is nominated by a three-person committee appointed by the outgoing chair from among the Institutional Representatives. The nominee is presented to the Institutional Representatives at their annual spring meeting, and, if approved, serves for two years as chair and as a member of the Executive Committee of the APPAM Policy Council. A person can serve multiple terms as chair.

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How are the members of the Fall Conference Program Committee selected? Do the same people serve on the committee from year to year?

The APPAM president-elect appoints the Program Committee each year. The 35 to 40 members of the committee are selected because of their expertise in the topic areas of the conference, and several people are often placed on the committee to review proposals in a large area like education or health. The APPAM president-elect often recruits many members of the Program Committee from among the APPAM Policy Council. This enhances the role of the Council in the management of APPAM’s most important annual event.

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Fall Research Conference

What happens to a proposal after it is submitted?

Proposals go through the following process:

Your proposal is assigned to a specific policy area, based on the primary category chosen during the submission process.

All the proposals will be supplied to the Fall Conference Program Committee for review. The committee members may recommend to the APPAM president-elect that your proposal be accepted, rejected, or modified. The president-elect makes the final decision on all proposals.

You will be notified by e-mail in mid-July about the status of your proposal for the conference. If accepted, the APPAM office will include your proposal in the preliminary and final conference programs, and send you information about your responsibilities as a conference participant.

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My proposal was not accepted for inclusion in the conference - how can I participate in the conference?

The APPAM office works closely with the Program Committee to recruit chairs and discussants for panel sessions. You can volunteer to serve as chair or discussant for a particular session by emailing the APPAM office your name, affiliation, and information regarding your field of expertise.

You can also submit a caucus proposal to be included in the conference.  Caucuses are informal discussion-based sessions that begin with a moderator giving a brief introduction to a topic as well as some questions, theories, or related information to spur discussion.  Caucus proposal submission information will be available online in mid-Spring.

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How can I submit a proposal for the conference?

We will accept panel, roundtable, paper, and poster proposals for the conference from February 3 - April 6, 2016.  You can go directly to the submission system by clicking here or visit the submission information page on the APPAM website for more information.

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When will I know if my proposal submission will be included in the conference?

Accept or reject notifications will be sent to all submitters in mid-July. 

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When and where is the Fall Research Conference being held?

The 2016 Fall Research Conference will be held November 3-5, 2016 in Washington D.C. There will also be governance meetings and a pre-conference workshop held on Wednesday, November 2nd.

 

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Where can I find the Preliminary Program online?

The Preliminary Program for the 2016 confernece will be available online on July 15th.  Please check back on APPAM.org for updates.

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Where can I find sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising information for the conference?

We will have many opportunities for sponsorship, exhibiting, and advertising at the conference.  Complete details will be available online in late February.

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What are the procedures for getting a visa invitation letter to travel to the Fall Conference from outside the U.S.?

APPAM will provide visa invitation letters upon request to authors accepted to present papers or to otherwise participate in sessions at the Fall Research Conference. Please note that all persons participating on the program are required to register for the conference. Other persons interested in attending the meetings must pay a non-refundable registration fee if they wish to request a visa letter. To request a visa invitation letter, please contact Meghan Grenda at mgrenda@appam.org 

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What is the theme of this year's conference?

The theme of the 2016 conference is The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective. This theme was selected by APPAM President-Elect Carolyn Heinrich.

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Can I submit more than one proposal?

You may certainly submit more than one proposal, however they must each be submitted separately.  As you submit one proposal, please return to the call for proposals page and begin the process again for the next submission. 

Please note that you you may only present one paper throughout the conference, even if multiple are accepted.  You may serve as a chair or discussant multiple times, however.

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What is the length of a roundtable session and a panel session?

All roundtables and panels will take place during the concurrent sessions at the conference.  Each time slot is 90 minutes. 

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Can you submit the same proposal as a single paper & as a poster? Would prefer paper, but realize poster has better odds of acceptance.

No, you will not be able to submit a paper as both a paper and a poster.  During the single paper submission process, you will be asked if you would be willing to present the paper in a poster format if it is not accepted as part of a panel.  By saying 'yes' to this option, your submission will be considered for both formats.

Please note that work submitted originally as a poster will not be considered to be presented on a panel.  If you have already submitted work as a poster but would like to be part of a panel, please withdraw your poster submission and resubmit as a single paper submission.

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Is it still the case that you cannot present more than once or just once per panel?

This is correct.  You may only be a presenting author on one panel during the conference though you may participate on additional panels as a chair or discussant.  In addition, you may also participate in any capacity on a roundtable.

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I am submitting a panel. Can a presenter also serve as the chair of the session?

No.  A presenting author may not serve as a chair or discussant for the panel on which they are presenting. 

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Will the papers presented will be published? If yes, where?

We ask all authors to submit their full papers prior to the conference, however not all are able to publicly share their work.  If an author has submitted the work, it will be located with the paper description page in the online Preliminary Program.

If you would like information on a paper that has not been submitted, please contact Tristanne Staudt (tstaudt@appam.org) and she can reach out to the author on your behalf to request the work.

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Spring Conference

Why does APPAM have a Spring Conference? What is its purpose?

The regular spring meeting of APPAM’s Committee of Institutional Representatives – the body that brings together leaders of the association’s institutional members – provides an opportunity to hold an annual conference on issues of interest to the institutions. The first such conference occurred in 1986 at Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Most of the conferences have focused on educational issues in the public policy and management field. In recent years, the Spring Conference has mostly been held over the course of one day in Washington, DC. 

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My colleague and I are interested in attending in Spring 2015. When is it and how much does it cost?

The 2015 Spring Conference will be held in Washington, DC on April 11. The location and registration fees have yet to be determined, so check back in January 2015.

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Careers & Education

Does AAPAM maintain a website to post jobs or conduct a job fair as part of the Fall Research Conference?

No, we do not have a job fair at the Fall Research Conference. But we can suggest you check out the listings at PublicServiceCareers.org, a job site we co-host with NASPAA and ASPA.

We do offer Job Interview space for our institutional members to use during the conference, but these spaces are not open to the public.

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Conference Participants

Where do I find the complete list of guidelines for conference participants?

You can find the full guide here. There are additional guidelines to make note of, depending on if you are a presenter, chair, discussant, or poster presenter.

Presenters
Chairs
Discussants
Posters
 

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Is there a deadline to send papers to discussants?

If they are to provide useful insight to authors and serve as stimulants for audience follow-on, discussants must receive papers by October 8th. This the minimum acceptable time for participants to be able to read the session papers. Presenters will receive instructions on how to upload papers to the APPAM.org and are urged to do so by the deadline provided so discussants have enough time to read the papers and prepare comments before the conference.

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What does a well-timed session look like?

Below is a guideline for a well- timed session; this sample session runs from 1:15 – 2:45 pm. For four paper sessions, each presenter would have 12 minutes instead of 15 minutes.

1:15 – 1:20: Chair introduces presenters and discussant(s), lays out the ground rules and goals for the session and establishes the timeline for the session.

1:20 – 1:35: First presenter presents their paper.

1:35 – 1:50: Second presenter presents their paper.

1:50 – 2:05: Third presenter presents their paper.

2:05 – 2:20: Discussant(s) presents their comments.

2:20 – 2:40: Audience discussion.

2:40 – 2:45: Chair brings the discussion to a close and thanks everyone for coming.

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How long do presenters get for their presentation?

Presentations should last no longer than 15 minutes in panels with three presenters or 12 minutes if there are four presenters. The discussant should be granted roughly as much time as a presenter. Multiple discussants should divide this allotted time among themselves.

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How long should we allow for audience Q&A?

APPAM members like to talk and react. Members include many experts; session participants consistently praise APPAM conferences for the exceptional amount of professional interaction that occurs. Much of this interaction happens within or is stimulated by the session discussions. With this in mind, please allow a full 20 minutes for audience questions and commentary. This 20-minute period is separate from the time normally accorded to panelists responding to the discussant's comments.

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I have a Power Point for my presentation. What technology does APPAM provide at the conference?

Many people use PowerPoint to prepare and display presentations. APPAM will provide LCD projectors and screens in all meeting rooms for use during conference sessions. The Program Committee urges all conference participants to ensure that use of this technology does not interrupt or delay a session. With a strict 90 minutes for panel sessions, even a minor delay can greatly hamper the success of a panel.

Remember that there will be less than 15 minutes available for setting up computer equipment prior to the start of most sessions. All presenters on a session may wish to put their presentations on a single computer or flash drive to simplify matters during the panel.

Please note, APPAM does not provide laptops for the panels so if a presentation requires a computer, one of the presenters must bring one.  There will be wi-fi at the conference, but we encourage presenters to download any materials ahead of time to ensure quality playback.

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Is there any guidelines for my slideshow I need to be aware of?

Try to economize on the number of slides in a presentation. Slides should be readable from at least 30 feet (some of the presentation rooms are quite large, some are small), and should be displayed long enough for viewers actually to comprehend the message they are supposed to convey. A good rule of thumb is one substantive slide (a key exhibit, not an outline page) for every two minutes of presentation (or no more than 6 or 7 total slides per presentation). Create slides specifically for the APPAM audience.

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I'm a discussant for one panel. How much time do I get for my comments?

Discussants are asked to make integrative comments rather than paper-by-paper critiques. In many cases, very specific or detailed critics can be shared with paper authors outside of the session. Your comments should be no more than 12 minutes – 15 minutes long.

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I am presenting a poster. How much time do I get for setup?

Posters should be put up by 9:00am the day of your assigned session. Posters may be left up until 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 12. Posters may be left up until 3:00 pm on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. All posters left up after these times will be discarded.

All poster boards will be numbered, indicating assigned poster spaces for each session. You will receive your specific assignment location in October. Only put your poster up in your assigned space. A staff person will be on hand to help you find your space in the exhibit hall.

Your poster title will appear in the preliminary and final programs. The final program will indicate your location number. If your paper title has changed, you will have the opportunity to update the title through August 24.

Thumbtacks will be provided for putting up your poster. Please do not use tape, staples or any other type of adhesive to hang your poster.

Presenters are asked to be available at their posters during the entirety of their poster session to discuss their posters with interested viewers.

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Are there size and appearance restrictions for my poster?

Yes. They should be 8 feet wide by four feet tall.You can review the full list of guidelines here.

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How can I make edits to my submission and upload my paper?

You will receive an email in the coming weeks with detailed instructions on making any necessary edits to the abstract and title of your submission as well as how to upload your paper.

All papers must be uploaded by October 8th to ensure the discussants have adequate time to review.

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Registration

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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2016 Fall Conference

When is the 2016 Fall Research Conference?

The 2016 Fall Research Conference will be held Thursday, November 3 through Saturday, November 5 in Washington, DC.

Association governance meetings and a pre-conference workshop will occur on Wednesday, November 2.

The conference will be held at the Washington Hilton hotel.  

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What is the theme for the 2016 Fall Research Conference?

The theme for this year's conference is The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective.. The theme was selected by APPAM President-elect Carolyn Heinrich.

APPAM's mission is to improve public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. The annual Fall Research Conference is the association's premier forum for disseminating research findings and engaging in discussions with policy makers and other practitioners about the implications of those findings for improving policy and governance. If research is to play a greater role in making government more effective, these types of interactions and exchanges between researchers and those in a position to apply the research evidence need to be ongoing, collaborative and far-reaching at all levels of government, both domestically and internationally.

What are the mechanisms that we are using and developing to promote more effective use of research evidence in policymaking and public management? What opportunities exist or new partnerships could be forged to support greater collaboration in generating and applying research evidence? Alternatively, what constrains the production and use of research? What changes could we make in funding and administrative structures, regulations or other aspects of research relationships to boost public returns to research investments? Two of the Fall Research Conference symposia will feature prominent policy domains where research has played a major role in influencing public policy and management: education, acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the Coleman report, Equality of Educational Opportunity, and welfare reform, recognizing the 20th anniversary of the most comprehensive reform of our welfare policies to date.

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How many sessions will be at the conference this year?

There will be 265 sessions at the conference this year, plus a number of special events including symposia, receptions, lunches, breakfasts, and networking mixers.

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How does APPAM determine how many sessions to schedule for each topic area in the Fall Research Conference?

The Program Committee is given a budget for policy area sessions that is based on the proportion of policy area submissions to the overall number of submissions received.  The APPAM president-elect makes the final determination of how many sessions there will be in each area based on recommendations from the Program Committee. There are almost always constraints within the hotel or convention center for space and these constraints dictate the overall number of sessions that APPAM can accept. Quality of the sessions always is the first and foremost criterion. APPAM prefers that each area have a minimum number of sessions each year and that there be a large number of areas represented. Otherwise, the conference will not offer a worthwhile professional meeting to persons interested in those topics. APPAM prefers that any area with more sessions than there are unique time slots have sufficiently diverse panels to allow two be scheduled opposite each other at one time without diluting their audience. The Program Committee often seeks to combine similar panels into a single session given the time constraints and high demand for participation.

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What policy areas will be represented at the conference?

There will be 14 policy areas represented at the conference.  You can find all the areas along with descriptions on the Policy Areas page of the website.

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When can I register for the conference?

Registration for the Fall Research Conference opens July 15, 2016. More information is available on the Registration page of the APPAM website.

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Do I have to register online for the conference?

All registrations must be completed at APPAM.org. Registrations can be made using Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express cards. Domestic checks can be mailed to the APPAM office at 1100 Vermont Ave NW, Suite #650, Washington, DC 20005. We cannot accept foreign money orders or bank transfers from individuals. Please note that during the registration process, you will be given opportunity to print an invoice for your registration. You must send that invoice, along with your payment, to the APPAM office. For more information on prices and deadlines, please visit our Registration Information page.

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Do all attendees need to register for the conference?

Yes, all attendees must register for the Fall Research Conference, regardless of whether they are participating or attending in sessions and events.

Everyone presenting a paper or poster, taking part in a roundtable or acting as a chair or discussant must register and pay for the conference. APPAM requires everyone presenting papers on panels to register by September 23. APPAM reserves the right to remove/replace papers from the conference if panelists do not register by this date.

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What are the various deadlines for registration?

Early Registration Opens July 15, 2016
Speaker Registration Deadline September 23, 2016
Early Registration Ends September 23, 2016
Regular Registration Opens September 24, 2016
Regular Registration Ends October 28, 2016
Onsite Registration Opens November 2, 2016

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What are the procedures for getting a visa invitation letter to travel to the Fall Conference from outside the U.S.?

APPAM will provide visa invitation letters upon request to authors accepted to present papers or to otherwise participate in sessions at the Fall Research Conference. Please note that all persons participating on the program are required to register for the conference before a visa invitation is given. Other persons interested in attending the meetings must pay a non-refundable registration fee if they wish to request a visa letter. To request a visa invitation letter, please contact Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org. 

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How do I reserve my hotel room at the conference hotel?

To reserve a hotel room at the Washington Hilton, please contact the hotels directly, either by phone or through the hotel information page. When calling, mention APPAM to secure the APPAM rate. You will be responsible for reserving your hotel room, as well as contacting the hotel to change or cancel the reservation, if needed. Upon securing a hotel reservation, you will be charged a non-refundable deposit of the first night’s room fees and taxes. In order to receive the group rate, reservations MUST be made by October 3. The group rate will not be available after that date and reserved rooms will be accepted at the hotel’s prevailing rate, based on availability.

There are a limited number of hotel rooms within the block. Please reserve early.

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What is a caucus, and how do I submit one for the conference?

This is a dedicated time for participants to gather informally to discuss new and emerging policy issues, to formulate new research questions, approaches to research and to form possible research collaborations. All caucuses will be presented over breakfast on Saturday, November 5.  

The deadline for submitting a caucus proposal is September 14, 2016.  You can submit a caucus here.

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What special events will take place during the conference?

You can see a tenative list of special events on the conference special events page.

Special events will also be listed in the online preliminary program, the mobile app, the printed program, and on the APPAM website.

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This is my first Fall Research Conference. I heard there was a special reception for members like me?

Congratulations on attending your first APPAM Fall Research Conference! We know you're going to have a great time.

First-time attendees and new members are invited to attend a special reception on Wednesday, November 2, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Invitations will be sent out in the fall as the conference approaches. If you haven't received notification of your invitation by October 7, contact Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org.

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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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Will there be volunteer opportunities for the 2016 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 Kathryn Grandstaff, kgrandstaff@appam.org, for more details on these opportunities.

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What sponsorship, advertising and exhibit opportunities are available?

A full list of sponsorship, advertising, and exhibitor information can be found on the website.

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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 for more details.

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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 Kathryn Grandstaff, kgrandstaff@appam.org, for more information on how to get your materials online.

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What meals are included in the registration rate?

Thursday: Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall, Symposium Lunch (included in registration though there is limited space available. Tickets can be reserved during registration online), and heavy hors d'oeurves at the Welcome Reception

Friday: Rossi Award Lecture and Brekfast included in registration though there is limited space available. Tickets can be reserved during registration online), and heavy hors 'doeurves at the Presidential Reception.  

Saturday: Caucus Breakfast, Poster Luncheon and hors d'oeurves at the Closing Reception.

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Will any of the conference sessions be live-streamed or be accessible through video recordings?

Yes. Currently, Thursday's lunch symposia and at least one of the other symposia occurring that day will be streamed.

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