The Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference

  • Half-Day Pre-Conference
  • 3:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Hilton Chicago, Marquette Room
  • $35.00

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 3:00 - 7:00 pm 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! More information about each event and other emerging scholars events can be found here:

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 two “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 include:
  • How to Survive in Grad School + Get a Post Doc: This session is designed to provide an open space to connect with fellow graduate students to share experiences, as well as to connect with senior graduate students and recent graduates who can speak to strategies for navigating these challenges.
  • On the Job: Navigating Experiences as New Professionals: This event is designed for new professionals—those who may have just landed their first job but who have not yet started, or those within the first five years post-grad)—who are navigating new jobs and learning the ropes, to discuss top of mind issues.

4:00pm - 4:30pm: Session Break
4:45pm - 5:45pm: Poster Mini-Session

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Special Interest Events II

  • Symposium Event: “The Doors a PhD Can Open”: hear from new professionals in a variety of job settings about the many avenues open post-grad, and how these professionals landed where they did.
  • 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!