Our annual conference provides students and
faculty at PC with an opportunity to experience the challenges and
rewards of organizing an academic conference. As such, it is a
remarkable hand-on exercise in professional socialization. Each year,
PC students participate as full partners in peer reviewing paper
proposals. Students also develop hands-on
experience in event planning, as student workers coordinate food, hospitality,
registration, and host dozens of attendees from colleges and universities throughout the region. Our inaugral conference in 2010 was supported by a student engagement grant from the Davis Foundation. Since 2011, funding for this initiative has been provdied through the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Canavan Family Endowment. We are deeply indebeted to the Canavan family for their continued support, which fosters a lively debate about health policy and medical ethics at Providence College each Spring.
In recent years, our annual conference has attracted a wide range of students from colleges and universities across the nation. Conference panels featured presentations by students from Brandeis University, Brown University, University of California-Los Angeles, Connecticut College, University of Houston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, University of New Hampshire, Providence College, Sarah Lawrence College, Stonehill College, Tufts University, Yale University. Presenters will have the opportunity to meet dozens of students with similar interests and to hear a variety of papers on historical and contemporary issues in health care. Last year's program included 21 papers, organized into seven themed panels. A limited number of travel grants to assist students from outside the region are available.
An online repository of student presentations from past conferences can be found at the PC LIbrary's Digital Commons site. Papers are organized by panel topic. Each year, we will add student papers to this site, providing students with the ability to share their work with a wider audience beyond those in attendance at the conference. Presenters interested in publishing their papers online should contact Hailie Posey, the College's Digital Publishing Services Coordinator.