Conferences & Events


2018 DC Regional Student Conference


IMG_20180407_113022The 2018 DC Regional Student Conference was held on April 6th – 7th, at American University in Washington, DC. 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

IMG_20180406_130350The conference featured 20 panel sessions, a poster and networking reception and a lunch workshop: Use of Social Media to Promote Your Policy Research. Master's and PhD students from across the region attended this event to present their research, receive feedback from policy academics, researchers, and practitioners, and network with fellow students.

The lunch workshop coached students on best practices for curating a digital presence as a scholar. Audience questions included how a digital presence can influence journal acceptance or job interviews, whether you should maintain separate personal and professional accounts, and if young scholars should share papers by other researchers.

Poster Winners

Congratulations to the poster winners for their impressive research!
  • Second place: Jazmyne McNeese, Rutgers University

    First place: Alberto Guzman-Alvarez and Lindsay Page, University of Pittsburgh
    Machine Learning Algorithms in Educational Interventions: Application of Longitudinal Clustering
  • Second place: Jazmyne McNeese, Rutgers University
    Would You Be My Neighbor? Evaluating the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program
  • Third place: Soye Shin and Nicholas Magnan, University of Georgia
    Better Understanding of Demand for Weather Index Insurance Among Smallholder Farmers: Revisit Prospect Theory

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AnchorSchedule at a Glance

Friday, April 6th

8:30 am – 4:30 pm Registration and Coffee
9:30 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions
11:15 am – 12:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch Workshop
2:15 – 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 6:00 pm Networking Reception & Poster Session


Saturday, April 7th

8:00 am – 1:30 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

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Lunch Workshop:

Use of Social Media to Promote Your Policy Research

Is there a science to communicating about research? Research articles are not automatically cited by the media, shared on social media, or referenced by policymakers. Today, you need to plan and promote to gain attention for your work. Join us to learn more about best practices in this area. During the session, communication and social media experts will discuss ways to use social media to expand the audience for your research. Attendees will learn how to disseminate their research across social media networks and how to influence policymakers by distributing research findings outside of traditional channels.

  • Jake Ford, MPP Student, McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown (Moderator)
  • Jennifer Doleac, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia, @jenniferdoleac
  • Dan Kaplan, Director of Communications, IMPAQ International, @impaqint
  • Liza Morris, TEDx American University and Principal, +Alkemi, @liza_m
Networking Reception & Poster Session All attendees are encouraged to attend this reception to connect with their fellow students and make connections with other policy practitioners in the DC area over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view student poster presentations and speak with researchers. Up to three poster awards will be given 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 

DC Regional Conference Sponsors: American University, College of William & Mary, George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

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,