Student Update
October / 2017
Student Programming a Priority at #2017APPAM
Students are an important part of the APPAM community! Because we value your contributions to the association, we've planned student-specific events during the Fall Research Conference. Professional development sessions, networking opportunities with policy experts and student attendee meets-up are what you can look forward to.

Join nearly 2,500 fellow attendees for cutting edge, topical research in 320 sessions across 15 policy areas, two symposia, three poster sessions, an awards ceremony and nightly receptions for plenty of networking opportunities.
Online registration closes soon:
  • Regular registration through 10/24: $130
  • Onsite registration 11/1 through 11/4: $195
Registration for the 2017 Fall Research Conference  includes access to all sessions, continental breakfast each day, refreshment breaks each day, receptions each evening, lunch on Saturday, and all other non-ticketed conference activities.
#2017APPAM App:
The APPAM Conference App is Now Available
Download the official conference app by searching your app store for "APPAM" or visit the browser version of the app and click "Get this app on your mobile device."

Plan your personal schedule, find event locations, read abstracts and more. The app, updated in real time, offers users unprecedented ways to interact, share, organize, and locate conference, event, and participant information.
Special thank you to our app sponsor:
#2017APPAM Featured Programming:
This Year Features More Student PD Programming Than Ever
Ask the Experts Roundtable Session: Career Transition and Job Documents Review 
Friday, November 3 | Gallery Lounge (Student Lounge)

These roundtable discussions provide an opportunity for students to meet with professionals to discuss a variety of career-related topics. Experienced academic professionals and practitioners with work experience in both academic and non-academic sectors will be available in the student lounge to candidly speak with students in small groups about their career paths as well as review student résumés, CVs, cover letters, or research statements for useful tips. 

Session One: 8:30 – 9:10am 
  • Dominique Baker, Southern Methodist University
  • Carolyn Hill, MDRC
  • Jeff Lubell, Abt Associates 
  • Rob Santillano, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Kosali Simon, Indiana University
Session Two: 9:20 – 10:00am  
  • Seth Gershenson, American University
  • Bob Kaestner, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Andrew McEachin, RAND Corporation
  • Elizabeth Mann, Brookings Institution
  • Cynthia Osborne, University of Texas at Austin 
If you would like for an expert to review a job document, we ask that you register in advance and limit the review to one document. Register by emailing Meghan Grenda .
The (Slide) Doctor Is In! Giving Better Presentations
Friday, November 3, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Skyway 269

This session will take an in-depth look at best practices in presentation skills among the policy community. Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Fellow from the Urban Institute, will discuss the importance of developing, designing, and delivering your most effective presentation, as well as how to use those skills to effectively communicate your research findings to the policy world and how to highlight those skills to give yourself a competitive edge as you enter the field.
If you would like the opportunity to have your presentation slides reviewed during the session for tips on how to boost their effectiveness, please contact Meghan Grenda.
Find more:
Explore all the student programming and plan your personal conference experience!
The Wonk , Episode 3 :
The Public Policy Job Market 101

Explore the basics of the public policy job market, gain insights as a doctoral students early in your career, and examine four types of employment available to policy PhDs: academia, government, research organizations, and the private sector.

Interview with Nick Hart:
New Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative at The Bipartisan Policy Center
Nick Hart is the director of The Bipartisan Policy Center’s new Evidence-Based Policymaking Initiative. He served as the policy and research director for the U.S. Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking; the final “ The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking” report and recommendations were presented to the Congress and the president in September 2017.

Excerpt from the interview:
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s new initiative will support implementation of all the Commission’s recommendations, including those for improving secure access to data, strengthening privacy protections, and encouraging greater capacity for generating evidence. In fact, this is one area of distinction between this Commission and other past policy commissions – by continuing the work at BPC there is an acknowledgement that the report and recommendations will not merely sit on a shelf, but will be advanced in every way possible.

We hope that professional associations like APPAM will begin to seriously discuss strategies for supporting the implementation of the recommendations as well as other strategies, such as those needed at the state and local level.

Mark Your Calendars:
2018 Regional Student Conferences
CA Regional Student Conference
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA
March 9 - 10, 2018
DC Regional Student Conference 
American University
Washington, DC
April 6 - 7, 2018
Participants gain valuable research presentation experience, as well as important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students. Students will also have opportunities to network with a diverse group of policy professionals and other policy students.
APPAM Members in the News
Dalila Valdez, School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of California, Riverside, wrote this op-ed in The Press Enterprise:
Rebecca Nyquist Baelen, a Penn Graduate School of Education doctoral student, was part of a team tasked with improving academic performance at three Baltimore middle schools. Nyquist Baelen’s detailed her team's resulting strategy in  Behavioral Scientist:
Georgia Tech's Mallory Flowers was awarded a 2017 Emerging Scholar Award from NASPAA. See the full list of recipients here.
Have news to share?
We want to feature your work! Email coverage and information to .
Student members are eligible to participate in the Mentor Matching Program. This program matches students with policy experts to connect one-on-one during the Fall Research Conference.