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Doctoral Consortium Requirements and Details
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Annual SMA Doctoral Consortium


Eligibility and Nomination

1. Although 2nd-year students are welcome to join the DocCon, the program is most beneficial to 3rd-year and 4th-year students. No more than 36 students will be accepted for any one year.

2. Student wishing to participate in the SMA DocCon must make a commitment to be an active participant in the program. Students are required to: ◦Arrive In Time: DETAILS COMING SOON, and therefore ready for the start of the program the next day.

  • Be There: Attend all DocCon events, including off-site activities; be on time to events; do not leave early; do not leave sessions to attend to personal matters.
  • Be Respectful: Be kind and courteous to fellow students, faculty, and hotel staff.
  • Participants are required to sign a Student Agreement acknowledging and agreeing to abide by guidelines for the DocCon. Click here to review Registration Form and Student Agreement.

3. Student must be nominated by their university. Any full-time doctoral members of the student's faculty may nominate a potential candidate. A letter of nomination should be sent to the DocCon Chairs by September 1st.

4. DocCon Chair will notify the nominating faculty and the student of his/her acceptance to the program.


1. Once accepted to the DocCon, students must register for the program by completing the DocCon Registration Form (COMING SOON).

2. Registration fee is $250 if paid on or before October 1st and $300 thereafter. Registration fees are non-refundable.

3. Registration to the SMA DocCon includes the following: ◦All DocCon sessions, presentations, and events

  • Breakfast and Lunch during the DocCon
  • Registration to the 2017 SMA Conference, including presentation sessions, SMA Welcome Reception, SMA Awards Luncheon, and SMA President's Reception, SMA membership, and access to SMA Academic Placement Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know what to do and where to go?
The DocCon Chair will notify you by email prior to the beginning of the DocCon with details.

Do I need a computer?
No. All materials and equipment are provided by SMA.

How do I register for the SMA Conference?
You do not need to register for the conference. That will done for you when you register for DocCon. Your name badge and other conference materials will be delivered to you on the first day of the DocCon.

Do I need to make my own hotel reservation?
Yes. Students are responsible for securing their own lodging. The conference will be held at the DETAILS COMING SOON.

Can I attend only one day of the DocCon?

If I am presenting a paper at the SMA Conference, will that conflict with the DocCon?
No. Papers being presented by DocCon participants will be scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Who do I contact about questions concerning the SMA Doctoral Consortium?

Who do I contact if I have other questions?
SMA Conference Program: J. Charlene Davis, Program Chair,
About SMA: Diane R. Edmondson, President,
SMA Registration: Michael Levin, SMA Treasurer,
SMA Proceedings: Jie G. Fowler, SMA Proceedings Editor, 



Last Updated on 01/18/2018

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