Student Policy Council Representative Sarah Cordes
Student Call for Action: Join Sarah Cordes' Volunteer Advisory Group
March 25, 2014 09:00 AM
Greetings! Before discussing APPAM’s efforts to increase student participation, I first want to express how excited and honored I am to represent students on the APPAM Policy Council. I hope that with me to serve as your representative, you will feel more comfortable approaching APPAM leadership about any ideas or concerns.
APPAM recognizes that the student membership represents the future of the organization and is very eager to get students more involved. If you attended the Fall Research Conference last year, you already know that APPAM made some great strides in this direction by hosting its first Pre-Doctoral Professional Development workshop, which provided current students with a valuable opportunity to learn about topics that will be important for our careers: the job market, publishing, and grant-writing.
Going forward, I am very excited to be a part of this effort by serving as the first student-representative on the Policy Council. I serve on the membership committee, where we have already had some preliminary discussions about the best ways to get students (both Ph.D. and Master’s) more involved. To that end, I would like to ask for your help! I know that many of you have great ideas about how to get current student members more involved in the organization or about what will attract new members. Therefore, I would like to invite anyone who is interested to serve as a volunteer, unofficial council of advisors for me as I bring ideas to the Council. I know we are all busy, so I want to reassure you that this will not be large time commitment, but rather a great opportunity for you to help make APPAM the kind of organization in which you would like to be an active participant. The more the merrier, so if you think you might be even remotely interested, please contact me, I would love to hear from you!
Another great way you can contribute is by submitting articles to APPAM.org. These can be about anything and everything related to policy. Have an interesting policy event taking place at your school? Write about it within a week of the event! Not only is it great publicity for your school (and we all know how much schools like good PR!) it is a great way for other student members to learn about timely and interesting policy issues. Similarly, you should feel free to submit article reviews--chances are there are others out there interested in the same topic. Plus, APPAM is also always looking for good informational pieces on topics like picking a dissertation topic, writing/publishing articles as a grad student, advice for applying to Ph.D. programs, etc. Who better to give grad students advice than other grad students who recently struggled with these same issues? Multiple articles on the same topics are welcome, as a variety of viewpoints are always helpful in tackling a project or issue. If you have something in mind, please contact Ben Rome over at APPAM.
Finally, did you know that APPAM is all over your favorite social media outlet(s) these days? You can follow APPAM on Twitter, like it on Facebook, or join on LinkedIn. These are all great ways to stay up-to-date on the latest news about the organization and important developments for the conference. For example, did you know that APPAM has created an online database of single-authored papers for the Fall Conference to make it easier for members to form panels? And also don’t forget to take advantage of the online APPAM member directory--this can be a great way to reach out and contact scholars or practitioners with similar interests who are also members of APPAM!
Thanks for your support and I hope to see some of you at the upcoming Spring Conference in Washington, DC on April 12. Don't forget--if you'd like to join my volunter advisory group, contact me as soon as possible!
Sarah A. Cordes, New York University