Student Update: Winter 2014
December 4, 2014 10:00 AM
Hi everyone! I hope that many of you were able to join me in Albuquerque for the fall conference a few weeks ago and that at least some of you attended the professional development workshop the day before. Although I was unable to attend the workshop because of the Policy Council meeting, I heard great things from other students who had the opportunity to go. (Read Belinda Archibong's great summary for topic details.)
During the Policy Council meeting--our last for this year--we discussed a number of matters important to the organization as well as its financial health. You will be happy to know that APPAM finished this year with a surplus and its financial outlook is good. Also new this year, APPAM produced an annual report available online and in hard copy. In it, you will find a discussion of membership trends, updates on JPAM rankings, and APPAM’s strategic plan.
Perhaps more relevant to students, the council approved a measure to acquire data from the National Science Foundation to examine where policy Ph.D. students are employed and what their average compensation is. For those of you who will be on the job market in the near future, this should be really valuable information because it can give you a sense of what to expect when you begin searching for jobs. While such data is readily available for other disciplines such as economics, it should be very informative to learn about the job prospects for policy Ph.D.'s.
The conference itself was really great this year! After experimenting with a different format for sessions last year, this year the conference returned to the traditional format that allowed more time for presenters and discussant comments. Despite this, there was still plenty of time for discussion; all of the sessions I attended concluded with a lively and interactive discussion period between presenters and audience members. What really struck me about the sessions I attended is that many of the discussions felt much more like a dialogue than a simple question and answer period, which was really great. For those of you who were unable to attend, there are some great session recaps posted on http://www.appam.org/fallresearchconference/. I encourage you to check them out!
Finally, as a quick reminder, we are still looking for an additional student representative for the Policy Council. If you have any questions about what the position entails, please feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I would be happy to talk about it. My service on the Council has definitely been a rewarding experience, so I highly encourage you to consider it. Wishing everyone a great end of semester and happy holidays!
Sarah A. Cordes, New York University
APPAM Policy Council Student Representative