Texas Tech University

Conference Notes for Students

Almost half of all conference registrants are attending the event for the first time.  Here are some ideas about how to make the most of your conference experience:

How do I access the program?

For more information and details of the concurrent panel sessions and the guest speaker presentations go to Conference Program -Program At-A-Glance 

Staff Can Help

  • Women's & Gender Studies staff and volunteers are available at registration on the day of the conference located in the Student Union Building Upper Level.  Do not hesitate to bring questions or concerns to their attention and they will do their best to assist you.
  • Contact the Women's & Gender Studies at womens.studies@ttu.edu for questions
  • Also check out our Frequently Asked Questions

Students Attending the Conference

  • What if I am attending because of a class? Do I need to register?
    Yes. Registration is required for all. Students can register for FREE if they need to attend one or more sessions and/or the guest speaker presentations for course credit.
  • What if I want to attend the keynote speaker presentations? Do I need to register?
    Yes. For both student & non-student attendees wishing to hear one or more sessions and the keynote speaker presentations, you can also register for FREE but will not have access to the continental breakfast and/or the luncheon.

By completing the registration form you are helping the Women's Studies Program monitor our attendance, make new connections, and inform us of your interest in our Program.

Why should you attend this conference?

  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • Networking with others
  • To learn about key issues in the field of Women's Studies as a whole
  • Meet people addressing these same key issues
  • Meet people with whom you have established a relationship on social media
  • Initiate relationships with others that you can continue to work with via social media and/or face-to-face
  • To gain insight into the experiences of others who face challenges similar to yours
  • To generate ideas for articles, books, and/or other media that you might produce to address key issues in your field and in the process establish you as a valuable resource for others.
  • To forge partnerships with colleagues who address key common issues/concerns.
  • To identify opportunities for service within the profession as a whole, and possibly through the professional association (if any) that is sponsoring the conference.
  • To demonstrate your commitment to the profession and organization sponsoring the conference.

Why should I attend the luncheon?

  • We are delighted to offer participants an opporunitity to network with others. The Conference Luncheon & Scholarship Awards Ceremony is traditionally hosted on the Friday of all the concurrent sessions and the keynote speaker.
  • Paying the appropriate registration fee provides you access to the breakfast and lunch options. Both are located in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building, upper level.
  • You should utilize breakfast and lunch periods to meet with people with whom you might like to work or need to connect with in the future.

Preparing for the Conference

  • Review the -Program At-A-Glance 
  • Arrive in plenty of time to get through the registration process and to orient yourself to the building. You can usually expect a line at registration the first day.
  • Plan on arriving more than 30 minutes prior to the start of the conference to look over the Conference Program and session descriptions. Decide what sessions you want to attend and pick alternatives in case the session you pick is full. Sessions do fill up and are closed by the session facilitator when at room capacity.
  • Try to attend a few sessions outside of your area or specialty.
  • Is there a social media networking opportunity via Twitter? Check the conference web site to locate the Twitter #hashtag to help connect with others and to give feedback to the oragnizers of the conference. #TTUWSC15
  • If you're on a budget, you can volunteer your time at the conference in return for reduced registration or no fee for registering. Contact Tricia Earl (patricia.a.earl@ttu.edu), Women's Studies Unit Coordinator, to volunteer.

During the Conference

  • At sessions, sit in the front so a speaker notices you. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions and be noticed. Network. -Program At-A-Glance 
  • When you attend a session, don't sit with friends. Sit down and meet someone new on either side of you, since you never know where this will lead.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Write notes on the back of business cards you obtain from others to remind you what you learned or what you were going to do in regards to this person/agency.
  • Wear your name tag high so people can see it.
  • Look at other people's name tags for use in networking and meeting new people. Assume that anyone wearing a conference committee tag is extra approachable!
  • Keep a list of people you met that you want to contact after the conference.
  • Throughout the conference, keep a list of how you plan to put what you've learned into action when you get home. Refer to the list when you get back home and take action!
  • Be sure to complete and turn in your evaluation form. The conference planning committee will use the information you provide to plan and improve the next conference!

 What attendees have said about the conference

  • Just wanted to send my hearty and heartfelt congratulations for an EXCELLENT conference! Wow! It was absolutely light years above any previous conference. I really was impressed.  I also thought the Shelby Knox/Gloria Steinem intergenerational interplay was really effective. I heard quite a few people thinking about intergenerational feminism in a deep way. - Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Ph.D.,Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Texas Tech University (2009)
  • I just wanted to thank you both for the opportunity to present in the conference last weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other presenters and academicians while sharing future research ideas. I even had a chance to meet Gloria Steinem, which made my week :) It was a wonderful learning experience for me and a great opportunity for the University. It truly was the experience of a lifetime. - Erin D. Murphy, Graduate Student & Part-time Instructor, Applied and Professional Studies (2009)

Comment/Networking

  • We encourage students to participate via social media to give us feedback and to comment on the conference.
  • You should also use this time to meet others online to follow in the future

twitter iconTo comment and network with others at the conference use the hashtag during the conference events.