Conferences & Events


2018 CA Regional Student Conference


_DSC4042The California Regional Student Conference was held held on March 9th – 10th, 2018, at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. During this conference, students presented research across a wide variety of policy areas, through poster sessions and on conference panels with their peers.

Each year, participating students gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students. The Regional Student Conferences include several opportunities to network and make connections with a diverse group of policy professionals, as well as other policy students.

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Lunch Workshop Blog Schedule
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Special Events

Lunch Workshop 

The conference featured 20 panel sessions, a poster session, networking reception and a lunch workshop: Tips for Translating Your Policy Degree into Academia, Public Service, and Other Scholarly Practices. Master’s and PhD students from across the country attended this event to present their research, receive feedback from policy academics, researchers, and practitioners, and network with other students.

The lunch workshop coached students on how to best prepare for a career inside, or outside, academia. Career development experts were on hand to explore writing methods, general interviewing tips, and the skills and strategies needed to translate into a successful policy role post-graduation.

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Poster Winners

Congratulations to the poster winners for their impressive research!
  • First place: Megan Covarrubias, Jeffrey Arriaza, Alyssa Guerro, Yulin Zeng, UC Irvine
    Impacts of Politics on the Policy Process: A  Case Study of the CityStanton and Local Massage Therapy Businesses

  • Second place: Sara Turner, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Legal Language: Argumentation  and Success in State AttorneyGeneral Environmental Actions

  • Third place: Zoya Ahmed, Rinat Kabiyev, Jingli Lu, Keenan Pace, UC Irvine
    Study of Stable Racially Mixed Neighborhoods in Southern California

Photos From Around the Conference















Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 9th

8:30 – 4:30 pm Registration and Coffee
9:30 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions
11:15 – 12:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:00 – 2:30 pm Lunch Workshop
2:30 – 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 6:00 pm Networking Reception & Poster Session


Saturday, March 10th

8:00 – 1:45 pm Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
10:45 – 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
12:30 – 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:45 – 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions

Special Events

Lunch Workshop:

Tips for Translating Your Policy Degree into Academia, Public Service, and Other Scholarly Practices

Please join us for this workshop which will coach students on how to best prepare for a career inside (or outside!) academia.  Career development experts will be on hand to explore writing methods, general interviewing tips, and what it takes to secure a faculty position.  All PhD and master’s students will learn what skills and strategies they need to translate into a successful leadership role.


  • Lisa Jonsson, Doctoral Candidate and Assistant Policy Researcher, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Christine Kelly, Director of Career Development, Claremont Graduate University
  • Jesse Melgar, Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Communications Officer at California Secretary of State
  • Jeremy Schnieder, PFF Center, Claremont Graduate University
  • Moderator – Juliet Musso, University of Southern California
Networking Reception &
Poster Session
All attendees are encouraged to attend this reception to connect with their fellow students and make connections with other policy professionals in the CA area over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view student poster presentations and speak with authors. Up to 3 poster awards will be awarded during this session.
Networking Lunch Enjoy discussing the day's sessions with your peers during this networking lunch. A buffet lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

Sponsoring Schools

California Regional Conference Sponsors: Claremont Graduate University, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Pepperdine University, University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Riverside, University of California San Diego and University of Southern California.

Students from non-sponsoring schools may also attend and participate in the conference. For more information about the conference, please contact Tara Sheehan, or Meghan Grenda,