Student Highlights


Professional Development Sessions

Many professional development sessions this year are focused on training or careers both inside and outside of academia. These sessions, while not specifically designed for student attendees can offer valuable insight for students. Be sure to check out the professional development sessions scattered throughout the program.


Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, 12:30 – 1:45 PM, (HR) Hanover Hall CD

The student mentoring lunches allow students to meet with prominent members of the SPSP community to discuss topics related to research, grad school, professional development, and other topics of interest. Pre-registration is necessary for this event.


Friday, March 1, 12:30 – 1:45 PM, (HR) Hanover Hall FG

Co-sponsored by the SPSP Diversity and Climate Committee, this event features volunteer faculty mentors hosting small group discussions of research and professional issues, including LGBT issues in the academic job market, positioning LGBT research for publication, obtaining funding for research on sexual-minority populations, and other diversity and professional development topics. Pre-registration is necessary for this event.


Thursday, March 1, 7:30 – 10:00 PM

Take some time out of your busy conference schedule to relax and socialize with your graduate student peers at the Aquarium Networking Reception in the Georgia Aquarium on Thursday night. Join us for food, fun, and all the fish. A complimentary drink will be offered to all ticket holders. Hors D’Oeuvres will also be served.

Student tickets are subsidized partially by Sona Systems and Millisecond Software. This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the SPSP Store on Lower Level 2 of the Hyatt Regency.

This is also an ideal place to meet with your mentor or mentee from the GSC Mentor Match-Up program, or for any quick meetings (for example, with a potential collaborator or supervisor) that you may need to squeeze into your schedule.


Poster Check
Friday, March 1, 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 2, 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Tired of carrying your poster? Visit Poster Check on Lower Level 2 of the Hyatt. We’ll hold onto it for you until you need it. Simply drop off your poster upon your arrival for the day, pick it up at the time of your poster session, and return it until you leave for the day.


Student Poster Awards and Wall of Fame
Thursday, March 1, 4:30 – 6:00 PM, Exhibit Hall, (HR) Grand Hall

Poster Session A, on Thursday evening will be the scene of intense excitement as the finalists in the Student Poster Award Competition strive to impress secret judges with their innovative research. Come watch them in action. Don’t worry if you miss this event – you can view the winning posters all convention long on the Wall of Fame in the exhibit hall for the remainder of the convention. Stop by to admire the award-winning research and to pick up tips for enhancing your own poster for next year’s convention.


Outstanding Research Award
Saturday, March 3, 9:30 – 10:45 AM, (HR) Regency VI

The Outstanding Research Award highlights student research conducted by graduate student members of SPSP. Submissions were reviewed and an initial screening of 10 finalists was chosen based on the merits of the abstract. Five winners were then chosen by another group of reviewers based on the merits of the entire application. Those chosen for the award will receive a $100 honorarium. As an additional honor, all winners were offered the opportunity to meet with a mentor of their choice at some point during the convention. Winners will be announced on Saturday at 9:30 am during the session Crisis or Opportunity? Student Perspectives on Evolving Methodological Standards in Regency VI of the Hyatt Regency.