Student Update
November / 2017
#2017APPAM Conference Survey
We thank you all for your participation and engagement during #2017APPAM, bringing your knowledge, insights, and enthusiasm for using data and measurement to make better decisions. You joined more than 2,100 peers for over 300 sessions, 11 special events and 220 poster presentations over four days.

Thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to complete the 10-question conference survey. Your input and feedback is extremely important to us and will help APPAM improve future conferences and events.

By completing the survey, you will be entered for a chance to win one of three FREE registrations for the 2018 Fall Research Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC, November 8 - 10.
Conference Wrap-up!
Missed any of the #2017APPAM conference coverage? Browse everything in one place , including photos, blogs, video interviews and poster winners!
Call for nominations:
Nominate a Student Member For Service on the Policy Council
The APPAM Policy Council includes two seats for student members. The seats are staggered for two-year terms. APPAM is looking for one student to join the board when David Morar, George Mason University, completes his term at the end of 2017.

If you would like to nominate yourself or you know a student member you would like to nominate for this position, please send one letter of recommendation and a CV to Tara Sheehan, by December 31, 2017. The letter should be from a professor in the program but need not be from the institutional representative. 

  • The student needs to be a current member in good standing of APPAM.
  • They need to be a student at the time of appointment but not necessarily throughout their entire 2 year term.
  • They will be a full voting member of the Policy Council upon appointment.  
  • Travel costs and lodging for all Policy Council meetings are taken care of by APPAM. The student is expected to attend all Policy Council meetings.
  • Only current institutional members are able to nominate students. 
  • The appointee will be chosen by mid to late January and will be announced in conjunction with the rest of the Policy Council election results.

Email nominations to Tara Sheehan, by 12/31.
Student Advisory Committee:
APPAM's Student Activities Committee (SAC) is assembled from nominees to the Policy Council. While these committee members are not on the Board, they are an integral part of all our student activities and play a big role in determining student programming at the Fall Conference, the content for Student Brown Bag events and other student activities.

Please consider nominating yourself or a fellow student member for both of these positions. You do not need to indicate nominees for each position, as the Student Activities Committee members will be selected from the pool of nominees for the Policy Council seat.
Regional conferences:
Submissions Open for the CA Regional Student Conference
Are you a Master's or PhD student eager to present your research? The APPAM California Regional Student Conference is the place for you! P articipating students will present their research on panels of peers and through poster sessions across a wide variety of policy areas . Student presenters will gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and fellow students.

APPAM is soliciting abstracts for (1) individual papers or projects to be integrated into panels, (2) panels made up of 3-4 papers/projects, and (3) posters.
Submission Instructions & Helpful Tips
There are two separate submission processes for the DC and CA Regional Student Conferences. Before you submit, please make sure you are submitting to the correct conference.

While students may apply to both conferences, students are limited to presenting at only one conference.

By submitting a proposal, authors are expected to present their work should it be accepted and placed on the program. Papers/Projects and posters do not need to be complete in order to be presented at the conference.
How to Submit
Students will need to submit the following to be considered for acceptance:
  • Abstract (500 word maximum)
  • Summary (fully formed panels only)
  • Contact information for all authors/presenters
Submissions for DC Open November 29 th
Questions? For conference related questions, please contact Meghan Grenda. For technical questions regarding the online submission process, please contact Tristanne Staudt.
JPAM featured article:
The Impact of Incentives to Recruit and Retain Teachers in “Hard-to-Staff” Subjects
Public school teachers are typically paid according to their education level and years of experience, with no differentiation by subject. Given resistance among teachers and unions to explicit pay differentials, states and school districts have frequently sought to mitigate subject-specific shortages by enhancing non-salary compensation, such as educational subsidies.

This study estimates the causal impact of loan forgiveness and bonuses on retention of teachers in Florida public schools.

Excerpt from the interview:
"In terms of program design, we think there are a number of important lessons one can learn from the experience of the State of Florida. First, the magnitude of incentives matter. When Florida reduced funding for their loan forgiveness program, it dampened the impact of the program. Second, the reaction of teachers to any given incentive will vary across subject areas; the compensation required to keep one type of teacher in the profession may not be sufficient for another type. Third, direct monetary inducements, such as bonuses, seem to have greater effects than do more indirect compensation schemes, like loan forgiveness."

Submit your research to JPAM:
JPAM seeks contributions that span a broad range of policy analysis and management topics with an emphasis on research that conveys methodologically sophisticated findings to policy analysts and other experts in the field. Both domestic and international contributions in public management are welcome, as well as a broad range of policies related to social well-being, health, education, science, environment, and public finance.

APPAM Members in the News
APPAM Student Members Claire O'Hanlon and Melody Harvey wrote about community-based primary care for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs:

"The United States’ high healthcare costs do not yield corresponding health outcomes for its citizens. Conversely, Cuba, with less than a tenth of U.S. expenditures, has attained comparable outcomes on many indicators, particularly life expectancy and infant mortality."
Meet the #2017APPAM Poster Winners from the University of California, San Fransisco, Texas A&M University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and more:
Have news to share?
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Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
November 14th: Submissions now open through January 10th for the 2018 California Regional Student Conference. The conference is March 9 – 10, 2018.
November 29th: Submissions will open through January 26th for the 2018 DC Regional Student Conference. The conference is April 6 – 7, 2018.
December 4th: Submissions will open through February 7th for the 2018 International Conference in Mexico City. The conference is July 19 – 20, 2018.
December 15th: Election ballots will be emailed to APPAM members and must be returned within 30 days.
APPAM encourages all members to update your profile on the APPAM website. A complete profile allows us to not only keep you abreast of topical information in all policy areas, but it helps us deliver updates that are the most relevant to you and your specific area of focus.

To update your profile, please log into your APPAM account , select "My Profile & Invoices," and then "Edit." Once you have updated your contact information, please add your education and policy focus areas as well.