Fall Research Conference


2022 Professional Development Series



The APPAM Professional Development Virtual Series began in Summer 2020 when the world was on lockdown from the pandemic. Back by popular demand, the series will be brought back for a third consecutive year after the success of the last two years. Check out the webinars below that cover diverse, relevant public policy topics hosted by experts in the field. More panelists and speakers will be added as confirmed. Registration is required so make sure to sign up!                                                                       


Marketing Yourself: Job Document Review and Resume Writing

Wednesday, August 10 at 3:00 pm ET

Experts from various sectors will cover what they look for in new hires and resumes. These professionals will share what they look for in the hiring process and include topics such as goal-setting, resume writing, job document review, interview techniques and more.





Chike Isgiuzo
Clemson University
PhD Candidate




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Kirk Heffelmire
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Federal Government

Sarah Needler
The Council of State Governments
State Government
Saurabh Shah
American University



Navigating the Current Job Market

Wednesday, August 24 at 3:00 pm ET

Panelists who have gone through the hiring process will discuss topics on how to navigate the job market post-graduation. These professionals will provide tips on networking, locating available positions, career services that may be helpful, and weighing the pros and cons of remote work.



Nishank Varshney
University of Minnesota
PhD Candidate


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Ene Ikpebe
Florida State University
Recent Hire
Matthew Stagner
Vice President
Natan Teklemariam
Clemson University



PhD? Tips for Pursuing a Terminal Degree

Wednesday, September 7 at 3:00 pm ET 

This session will provide advice from current PhD candidates, program directors and recent graduates. Speakers will discuss their experience in pursuing a terminal degree to help students with deciding where to apply, what to highlight, interview techniques, and more.




Tyler Frank
University of Washington in St. Louis
PhD Candidate



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Umair Ali
Arizona State University
Program Director
Rajeev Darolia
University of Kentucky
Program Director
Julie Kim
University of Southern California
Recent Graduate
Sebastian Tello Trillo
University of Virginia
Recent Graduate

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Fellowships and Grant Assistance

Wednesday, September 21 at 3:00 pm ET

This panel will consist of past and current fellows and those involved in the decision making process. Speakers will share their experience and touch on topics such as how to find fellowship and grant opportunities, preparing applications, budgeting, writing proposals, meeting requirements, and managing deadlines.




Becky Rafter
Georgia Institute of Technology
PhD Candidate



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David Morar
New York University
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Kimberly Olson
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Senior Officer
Rachel Perera
Brookings Institution


Questions? Contact Ryan Martz at rmartz@appam.org.

Interested in speaking as a panelist for one of the webinars? Please fill out this form.