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Our Conference Theme Emphasizes the Need to Use Research and Evidence at Every Stage of the Policy Process | APPAM Leadership Blog Series

For me, fall is a refreshing season of new beginnings. Our member universities are back in full swing, students are launching into their research for the academic year, and the fall conference is just around the corner. I am proud of our conference theme this year, Evidence for Action: Encouraging Innovation and Improvement. The programming emphasizes the need to use research and evidence at every stage of the policy process.

Sarah Cordes, Student Representative,
APPAM Policy Council

Student Update: Fall 2014

September 17, 2014 01:00 PM

It is hard to believe, but it is time to start gearing up for the Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico—which is less than two months away! Since this is the last student newsletter before the conference, I just wanted to highlight a couple of great opportunities afforded by the fall conference for student members. First, consider the Professional Development Workshop being held on Wednesday afternoon the day prior to the conference. I know that for many of you this might require heading to New Mexico a day early, but I went last year and cannot recommend this workshop highly enough. This year, the focus is on careers in public policy and I think it is a must for students who are soon entering the job market. And even if you are a couple of years away from your job search, I would still highly recommend attending, since it is never too early to start preparing.

Second, I want to mention the receptions, especially those geared toward student members, new members, and first time conference attendees. While the conference sessions and roundtables are illuminating and extremely valuable, another great part of attending the APPAM conference is the varied opportunities to network. APPAM will be holding several receptions throughout the conference, including a joint APPAM/NASPAA reception and a new member reception on Wednesday, an opening reception on Thursday, and the President’s reception and student mixer on Friday. All of these are always well attended and provide a great opportunity to meet others with similar research interests. These are great events for meeting and exchanging ideas with your peers. For those of you who plan to go into the job market soon, all of these receptions provide invaluable opportunities to meet faculty at the schools where you might want to apply for jobs.

Finally, while not directly related to the conference, I want to make sure to mention that the selection process for a second student representative for the APPAM Policy Council will soon take place. If you are interested, you should speak with the Institutional Representative from your school.  (If you’re at a school that’s not represented in APPAM, then please contact Tristanne Staudt with your interest!) Serving on the Policy Council has been a truly rewarding experience for me, so I highly recommend it! I hope that everyone’s semester is off to a smooth start, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Albuquerque!


Sarah A. Cordes

Student Representative, APPAM Policy Council



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