Student Update
February / 2019
Student Conference Registration Begins,
Fall Research Conference Submissions Open!
Immediately upon us is our Regional Student Conference in Washington, DC, which will be presented at American University March 29 - 30, 2019. Registration for this first of APPAM's 2019 Regional student conferences opened today! For just $25, all registrants have full access to a two-day program that includes a career tips roundtable, poster and concurrent sessions, and a light breakfast and lunch each day. Students exploring research funding opportunities will be especially interested in our Thursday grant writing lunch workshop. Register here for the conference by March 21st.

This Friday, registration will also open for our Regional Student Conference in Irvine, California, to be presented at the University of California, Irvine from April 12-13, 2019. We encourage students based in California and other parts of the world to join us there! Our just-announced Thursday lunch workshop, Breaking a Public Policy Impasse: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Syringe Exchanges in California, has been designed to engage students across policy areas. The fee for this conference will also be $25, and the link to register by March 27th will be available on this Friday.

Planning for the Fall Research Conference is already well underway. We began accepting submissions for panels, posters, roundtables, single papers and super sessions on February 4, 2019, and we will continue accepting submissions through April 11, 2019. Our hope is that all submissions will contribute to the conversation on diversity not just as it is traditionally defined, but also in terms of discipline, ideology and methodology. Programming specific to students will be organized for the Fall Research Conference in Denver, #2019APPAM.

We look forward to seeing many of you at our student-friendly events from spring through fall!
The Student Advisory Committee is Hard at Work for Public Policy Students!

The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) was formed in 2015 to assist APPAM Staff and the Policy Council in better serving the APPAM student member population. It is currently chaired by Lam Pham (Vanderbilt Peabody College), includes early career advisors Kirk Heffelmire (George Mason University) and Brittany Keegan (Virginia Commonwealth University), and counts among its members Sarah Charnes (University of Washington), Alex Osei-Kojo (University of California Denver), and Rachel Perera (Pardee RAND Graduate School).  (Pictured above right: APPAM student members in California.)

The committee’s goal is to determine how to better serve student members, both as students and as they transition post-graduation. Its work includes:

  • Student sessions at the Annual Fall Research Conference
  • The Wonk Podcast
  • Student Brown Bag Sessions
  • Student Lounge at the Annual Fall Research Conference

APPAM Membership Manager Ryan Martz is happy to discuss suggestions for this committee's work via e-mail!
Upcoming Webinar:
The Future of Drug Pricing and Its Impact on Healthcare Policy

The price of prescription drugs in America has risen significantly over the last decade, outpacing all other aspects of healthcare spending. Healthcare continues to be one of the most important issue for voters. According to Gallup's Midterm Election Benchmark poll, healthcare tops the list of voter issues with 80% of polled voters indicating that healthcare is extremely or very important to their vote.

Join ASHEcon and APPAM experts as they discuss the rising cost of drug pricing, how it will impact healthcare policy, what is currently being done to address this issue, and what future steps policy makers and researchers can take to alleviate the impact of rising prescription drug costs.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 2 to 3 PM ET
Registration: GoToWebinar
Webinar ID: 327-473-867
APPAM Members in the News
University of Massachusetts, Amherst School of Public Policy students will meet with government officials and other policymakers this spring as a part of the Beacon Hill Project, which brings students from the graduate program into Boston to connect with legislators, government officials and advocacy groups.

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy celebrated its 90th anniversary on January 31st, with festivities at Los Angeles City Hall. California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, State Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, and senior advisors to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, U.S. Presidential candidate and Senator Kamala Harris, and others attended.

In a three-day event in late December, eighteen students from the University of Massachusetts’ School of Public Policy participated in an episode of the BBC World Service radio program “My Perfect Country.”

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Upcoming Deadlines:
Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
March 12, 2019: Public Policy Camp at UMBC

Membership question?
Email Membership and Administration Manager Ryan Martz for assistance.
Update Your Member Profiles!

Since January, APPAM staff have added a number of categories to the member profiles, including for Degree Program Enrolled In, Expected Graduation Date and Twitter handle. Adding this information to your profiles and keeping it current will allow APPAM to serve you well in more ways than you can imagine. Visit your MemberClicks site to make the updates today!