Special Events

The Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference

Are you a graduate student, post-doc, or new professional (within five years of completing your highest degree)? Are you interested in connecting with fellow emerging scholars and discussing the unique opportunities, and difficulties of this career stage? Want to know more about emerging scholar-relevant issues such as navigating graduate school, finding a post-doc, learning about job options, or how to make a great first impression on the job? If so, the Emerging Scholars Committee invites you to attend The Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference! Scheduled from 3:00pm-7:00pm on Wednesday, April 17th, at the Hilton, Chicago. This a pre-conference specifically designed to center emerging scholars. Planned events range from open forums for discussion with emerging scholars at similar career stages (e.g., How are you navigating the first years of grad school? How are you navigating the transition from R1 to small teaching school?) to panel events addressing how to get a post-doc and the job options available to PhDs (spoiler alert: its not just academic jobs out there!), to workshop space for word-smithing application materials, and more. Emerging scholars represent the future of the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the field of adolescent science, so ensuring you feel welcomed, represented, and supported is our goal. We hope you will consider joining us, and we look forward to meeting you!

Emerging Scholars Preconference: Schedule of Events


When: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: Marquette (3rd Floor)

  • Main Conference Event: Meet the Scientist Luncheon
    • Who: Registered Emerging Scholars
    • What: The Meet the Scientist Luncheon is a traditional event at the SRA Meeting that provides a forum for emerging scholars to interact with senior scholars who have central roles in the field of adolescent development and in the Society. Over a catered lunch, emerging scholars who have registered for the event and senior scientists will have dedicated time to discuss career development, challenges in the field, research initiatives, and where the field might be heading.
    • When: Thursday, April 18th from 11:30am-12:30pm CST
    • Where: Hilton Chicago, Waldorf room
  • Main Conference Event: Network and Nosh
    • Who: Emerging Scholars
    • What/Why: Join the Emerging Scholars Committee and your fellow emerging scholars for an evening of networking and noshing (i.e., chatting and snacking!).This free event is designed to make space for emerging scholars to connect with their peers and with Emerging Scholars Committee members to discuss issues relevant to emerging scholars, the future of adolescent science, and the society!
    • Where: Hilton Chicago, Joilet Room
    • When: Thursday, April 18th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm CST
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm: Meet and Mingle
    • Welcome to the Emerging Scholars Preconference! This first half-hour prior to the start of official events is designed for scholars to pick up their name badge, pick up a schedule of events, and head toward their first event of choice.
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm: Special Interest Events I 
    • This initial one-hour session will have various “special interest events” occurring simultaneously. These events are designed to connect emerging scholars at similar levels and break the ice and learn from one another. Session options may include:
      • How to Survive in Grad School
      • How to get a Postdoc/Funding
      • On the Job: Navigating Experiences as New Professionals
  • 4:00pm-4:30pm: Session Brea
  • 4:45pm – 5:45pm: Facilitated Roundtables/Poster Mini-Session
    • Roundtable discussions on a significant issue or theme that takes adolescent science to the next level and is relevant to emerging scholars. 
    • Poster mini-session: present your research in a low-stakes, encouraging environment.
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm: Special Interest Events II
    • Symposium Event: “The Doors a PhD Can Open”
    • Workshop: “Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation”: This workshop is designed to set aside time for job market preparation! Bring your initial questions (what documents do I need? What format should I follow), bring your drafts (here is what I have – now what?!), or bring your headphones (block out the noise and make some progress on those materials!).


Meet the Committee

Hyun Su Cho is a Ph.D. candidate in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Hyun Su’s professional experiences and goals center around serving and working with marginalized youth, families, and communities by strengthening their developmental assets and individual strengths (e.g., critical consciousness), interpersonal relationships (e.g., family and parent-child relationships), and commitment to critical actions (e.g., civic engagement, collective action). 




Logan B. Kochendorfer, Ph.​D.​, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Justice, and Society at Rockhurst University where she enjoys a mix of teaching courses and pursuing research goals in the area of close relationships. Dr. Kochendorfer earned her Ph.D. at Kent State University in 2021 and has served as one of the Emerging Scholar Representatives on the Board of Directors at SRA and as Co-Chair of the Emerging Scholars Committee since 2020. She is dedicated to meeting the needs of graduate students and early career professionals in the Society, and welcomes members to email her with questions, concerns, or ideas!