Annual Meeting Advice


Every year graduate students come to the NCME conference to meet the people of our field, present their work and learn more about the latest research of others around the world. Here some recommendations for Students that want to come to the conference in person:

Be aware of the registration dates for the conference: If you register earlier, you can have a discount with the early bird passes. Also, Students coming for their first time have had benefits in the past. 

Budgeting for tickets and hotel: Usually students gather with friends from their programs and share the cost of rooms with more people. Check out the Chen-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), they provide travel fellowships for students that belong to under-represented races and ethnicities.

Check out social events of the conference: There is a social event of the GSIC every year. Sometimes this event has been done together with AERA Div. D graduate student group. Check the program to see the date and place of the event.

Check out advice from past newsletters: Going to the NCME Annual Meeting for the first time can be an overwhelming experience for some graduate students. During past years, the Newsletter published before the Annual Meeting has provided advice for graduate students attending the meeting:

  • Susan Rowe (2018), offered tips for navigating, and not being overwhelmed by, the Annual Meeting.
  • Masha Bertling (2017), examines the consequences of measuring student performance based on growth versus proficiency.
  • Jonathan D. Rollins III (2015), wrote about the alignment between expectations and experience in relation to attending the NCME annual meeting.
  • Diane Talley (2014), wrote a piece on considerations for preparing a proposal to submit to the annual conference.
  • Melinda Montgomery (2013), provided a summary of strategies for managing potential complications that may arise through both poster presentations and paper presentations.
  • Jerome Clauser (2012), described how to give an effective conference presentation, beginning with the planning stages.
  • Dubravka Svetina (2010), offers suggestions for getting the most out of your first trip to the Annual Meeting.
  • Carol Barry (2009), talks about taking advantage of networking opportunities and training sessions (see right for Newsletters).