Conferences & Events


2019 CA Regional Student Conference



_DSC4042Thank you for your interest in and contributions to the CA Regional Student Conference at UC Irvine, held April 12th to 13th, 2019 in Irvine, California. During this conference, participating students gained valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students.  Social media coverage of this event can be viewed on our Twitter page.   

Our 2020 California Regional Student Conference dates and location will be announced later this year on  As with past Regional Student Conferences, it will include several opportunities to network and make connections with a diverse group of policy professionals, as well as other policy students.   

Questions about the student conferences can be directed to Tristanne Staudt at


Preliminary Program Editorial Coverage and Poster Winners Schedule at a Glance



Preliminary Program

Our Preliminary Program features descriptions of the panels, posters and session events that made this conference one of our best yet.  


Editorial Coverage and Poster Winners

View our blog posts from the conference below:

Immigration Policy and Implementation by Amanda Sharry

Immigration, Crime and Discrimination by Eric Hernandez Barraza


Congratulations to the 2019 CA Regional Student Conference poster winners!  Our poster session was held on Friday, April 12, 2019 and the following individuals were awarded prizes:

First place: Kaitlyn Alvarez Noli, University of California, Irvine for Producing Environmental Injustice: Legitimation Struggles Facing Pesticide-Intensive Agriculture in Ventura County

Second place: Sara Mulhauser, University of California, Berkeley for Battery Energy Storage Adoption Rates and Electric Industry Restructuring

Third place: Sidra Haye, University of California, Irvine for The Impact of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs on Infant Health

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2019 Schedule at a Glance 

Friday, April 12th

8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast and Registration
9:30 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions
11:15 – 12:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Lunch Workshop - Breaking a Public Policy Impasse: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Syringe Exchanges in California

Syringe exchanges are considered to be one of the most cost effective ways to help mitigate the effects of the opioid epidemic. In California, a bill signed in 2011 (AB 604) authorizes the State to certify syringe exchanges directly in order to prevent unnecessary disease outbreaks. Orange County was the first local jurisdiction to have a state-certified syringe exchange, but after concerted effort by local governments, a court injunction now prevents this exchange from operating, increasing the risk of transmission of HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and overdose-induced deaths. This panel will consider from a variety of disciplinary perspectives what individuals interested in the policy implications of this impasse can do to help serve marginalized populations and empower communities to respond effectively to the opioid epidemic, both in Orange County and beyond.

2:15 – 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 5:30 pm

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.


Saturday, April 13th

8:00 – 1:30 pm Registration and Coffee
9:00 – 9:45 am

Burning Questions with the Experts

Please join us for this informative Q&A session with experienced policy professionals.  The panelists will answer burning questions about policy careers, navigating the job search, and transitioning from student to professional life.  Students will have the opportunity to ask their own questions during the session as well.

10:00 – 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions
11:45 – 1:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:30 – 2:30 pm

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.

2:45 – 4:15 pm Concurrent Sessions


Sponsoring Schools:
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.  


Read about the 2018 Conference.