For Students! 

Students receive discounted conference registration and are welcome to apply to one or more of the four following opportunities:

1.   The general conference, following the instructions for paper, poster, and panel submissions.

2.   The Student Paper Contest 

3.   The Graduate Student Consortium

4.    The Charles Benton Early Career Scholar Award 

Graduate Student Consortium


The Graduate Student Consortium (GSC) is designed to provide graduate students with mentoring by academics, industry, and government leaders as well as networking opportunities with other graduate students the day before the conference begins. Mentors are leaders from academia, industry, government, and the non-profit sectors, chosen to ensure balance among perspectives and to match areas of interest with GSC students. 


The day prior to the main conference, GSC participants will convene for a short seminar on research methods and to present their proposed research and receive feedback. The GSC is open to all graduate and law students enrolled during the 2018-2019 school year regardless of their status at the time of the 2019 conference.  Conference registration is complimentary for accepted applicants. Students are responsible for their own travel and lodging. [Doesn’t the registration include meals?  If not, do the Student Paper Contest winners also receive conference meals?]

Application Criteria:

  • A statement of 1,500 words or less outlining their proposed research topic. The statement should describe the research objectives, methodology, and the study’s implications for industry or policymakers. The topic can be a new area of exploration chosen specifically for the GSC or ongoing research.

  • A 150-word abstract summarizing their proposed research topic

  • Applicants must submit a statement of endorsement from a faculty member at their institution.

Review Criteria:

•          Clear articulation of the proposed research topic.

•          Relevance of the selected topic to the TPRC community.

•          Faculty endorsement.

Although we welcome applications from returning participants, preference will be given to first-time applicants.

 Important Dates:

·      Submission of abstracts and summaries: from February 15through April 30

·      Notice of decisions: May 31

·      The GSC will take place on Thursday, September 19 at a location to be announced in the Washington, D.C. area.

Graduate Student Consortium Mentors 

Those interested in serving as a GSC mentor should email to express their interest.

For questions regarding the GSC, please contact, Prof. Jane Bambauer at