Student Update
March / 2019
Final Preparations for the Regional Student Conferences, and Looking Ahead to Other 2019 Opportunities!
APPAM has great news both for those of you planning to attend our upcoming conferences and those of you interested in other programming from APPAM:

Regional Student Conferences

  • Our slate of panelists for the DC conference's grant writing workshop and career tips roundtable will feature leadership from American University, The Lab @ DC, Optimal Solutions Group, the University of Maryland, the Urban Institute, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • The registration deadline for the California Regional Student Conference has been extended to Friday, April 5th. Graduate students can register for the CA conference at the same rate as the DC conference.

Fall and Spring Conferences

  • Our Single Paper Listing has been updated. Please continue to use it to identify prospective fellow panelists!


  • Free memberships are available to students whose universities are Institutional members. Eligible students were sent e-mails and postal mail containing their discount codes.

  • We have volunteer opportunities open to students, for our upcoming conferences and our online media. These opportunities are detailed throughout this newsletter.

We encourage graduate students to visit our website, Facebook page and Twitter account frequently for the most up-to-date news about opportunities with APPAM.
Sign Up for This Week's APPAM/ASHEcon 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 drugs, 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. Registration should be completed before March 20th.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 2 to 3 PM ET
APPAM Student Member Insights:
Alex Osei-Kojo on Becoming a Fixture at APPAM Student Events

Earlier this year, APPAM Student Member and University of Colorado, Denver PhD student Alex Osei-Kojo was asked to explain why he chooses to regularly participate in APPAM events, including conferences and committee meetings. In a thoughtful blog article, he wrote:

"To sustain either the things we do or intend doing, it is often imperative to discover and articulate the reasons for doing them. These reasons supply the vitality and inspiration to keep advancing, despite daunting obstacles. As an active member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), here are my top five reasons for engaging in its events. "
Do you have insights into your APPAM experience or your work to date as a public policy student that you'd like to share with all of APPAM's members? If so, contact APPAM Communications and Marketing Manager Ramon Robinson . We are increasingly encouraging our student members to write articles for our blog, newsletters and social media.
This Month's APPAM Volunteer Opportunities for Students:
Calling All Photographers, Videographers, Social Media Mavens and Students with Stories to Tell!

We are seeking the following volunteers on a rolling basis:

  • Interview subjects for APPAM's soon-to-be-launched Five Minutes with... interview series, in which APPAM staff interview members about their research, ambitions, perspectives on student issues, and interests outside of work. The interviews comprise five to nine questions that should be answered in paragraphs via e-mail.
  • Live Tweeters for our conferences and Institutional Member forums.
  • Photographers and Videographers for programs at our Regional Student Conferences, International Conference and Fall Research Conference.

Your contributions will be shared on APPAM's blog, social media and website. E-mail Ramon Robinson to communicate your interest in any of those opportunities!
Check out some of our staff and partner social media posts above for an idea of what we publish!
Public Policy School News
The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs will be renamed the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in honor of former Secretary of U.S. Treasury and Indiana University alumnus Paul H. O'Neill. APPAM counts among its members many faculty, students, administrators and alumni from the IU program.

APPAM members have already begun applying for and sharing this opportunity on Twitter: The IBM Center for The Business of Government is offering a research report stipends for which graduate students in the dissertation phase are eligible.

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC) has created the Renewing Illinois Summit, a late March event which will bring together graduate and undergraduate students to discuss challenges facing the Illinois state government and to prepare a recommendations report for the Illinois General Assembly and Governor J.B. Pritzker. We are looking forward to hearing about the experiences of our student members participating in the Summit.

Have news about yourself, your peers or your program to share?
We want to feature it! Email coverage and information to .
Upcoming Deadlines:
Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates

Membership question?
Email Membership and Administration Manager Ryan Martz for assistance.
Take Advantage of Your Access to JPAM as an APPAM member!

All APPAM members receive a complimentary digital access to JPAM, the Journal for Policy Analysis and Management , when they sign up for and renew their APPAM memberships. Visit JPAM's page today to read the latest research published and view opportunities to publish your own work through JPAM.