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Student Conference Initiatives

• Graduate Student Clinic

One of our most popular student opportunities at the fall conference is the Graduate Student Clinic. Students can sign up for 30-min sessions to meet with a faculty member one-on-one. Faculty mentors will be available to review dossiers or answer questions related to professionalization, teaching, or the job application process. Information about how to sign up will be posted here in late summer.

Before the clinic, students will be asked to upload any relevant materials to a Dropbox folder before the conference so that faculty can review them ahead of time.

For more information, email us at


• Job Market & Publishing Workshops

Every year at the Annual Conference, ACSP hosts sessions specifically geared towards the needs of graduate students. These workshop-style sessions are moderated by the ACSP student representatives, and often feature a panel of faculty members. Themes of the sessions often focus on publishing in planning and preparing for the job market. Visit the Annual Conference webpages for complete conference details.


• Creating an Abstract or Poster


• Travel Support

ACSP provides financial support to doctoral students to attend the ACSP Annual Conference, including student conference registration waivers plus cash via student paper awards, and work-for-assistance programs.


• Room Sharing or Airline Rewards Sharing

Due to privacy and compliance reasons, ACSP does not facilitate one-on-one roommate matching in any way. ACSP does provide a Google Doc where you can see other parties interested in sharing a hotel room or even sharing benefits of an airline reward program, at which time you can contact the person directly on your own.


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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