Conferences & Events


2019 DC Regional Student Conference



IMG_20180407_113022Thank you for your interest in and contributions to the DC Regional Student Conference at American University in Washington, DC, held March 29th – 30th, 2019. During this conference, which was presented at the Butler Pavilion and the Mary Graydon Center at American University, students presented research across a wide variety of policy areas, through poster sessions and on conference panels with their peers.  Social media coverage of this event can be viewed on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Our 2020 DC Regional Student Conference dates and location will be announced later this year on  As with previous APPAM student conferences, participants will gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students. The Regional Student Conferences always 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 Poster Winners and Editorial Coverage Schedule at a Glance



Preliminary Program

Our Preliminary Program for the 2019 conference features descriptions of the panels, posters and session events at this conference, for which registration was $25 per student. 


Poster Winners and Editorial Coverage

Congratulations to the 2019 DC Regional Student Conference poster winners!  Our poster session was held on Friday, March 29, 2019 and the following individuals were awarded prizes: 

First place: Stefany Ramos (pictured), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for Tone Deaf: The Gap in the Agenda Setting Literature and US Crime Laws Since World War II

Second place: L. Morgan Snell, David W. Harless and Andrew Barnes, Virginia Commonwealth University for Mental Illness and Smoking Cessation among U.S. Adults: Evidence from Waves 1-3 (2013-2016) of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study

Third place: Ricardo Lopez, Virginia Commonwealth University for An Evidence-Based Strategy to Prevent Nuclear Proliferation: A Historical Approach 

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Friday_happy_hour  Tech_Panel  Saturday_luncheon

View our blog posts about the conference events below:

Grant Writing - Notes from APPAM's Regional Student Conference in DC by Stephanie Blenko

Career Tips for Public Policy Students by Sourav Chatterjee


2019 Schedule at a Glance

Friday, March 29th

8:30 – 4:30 pm Registration and Coffee
9:30 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions
11:15 – 12:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
1:00 – 2:00 pm

Lunch Workshop: Getting Started Writing Grants

This lunch workshop will introduce both masters and doctoral students to the area of grantwriting. First, panelists will speak to the importance of grantwriting for furthering research but also boosting careers. Second, an overview of the timeline for grantwriting and submission will be provided. Finally, panelists will cover tips for getting started writing and submitting grants including an overview of resources available to students. Panelists will include student and faculty members with experience writing grant proposals and a funder.


  • Aeric Korner, Moderator, American University

  • Frances Carter-Johnson, National Science Foundation

  • Allison Holmes, Annie E. Casey Foundation 

  • Dave Marcotte, American University

  • Liz Peters, Urban Institute 

  • Jennifer Steele, American University

2:15 – 3:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 6:00 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 DC 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, March 30th

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration and Coffee
9:00 am - 9:45 am

Career Tips Roundtable

All attendees are invited to this roundtable where they will learn tips and best practices for starting their careers.  Speakers will include professionals from academia, research firms, and areas of the public sector.


  • Adam Briskin-Limehouse, Optimal Solutions Group 
  • Liana Fox, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Katie Gan, The Lab @ DC
  • Sarah Tahamont, University of Maryland 
10:00 – 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions
11:45 am – 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:

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



Read about the 2018 DC Student Conference.