May 28 – June 1, 2019 • Orlando, Florida


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Come to ACSM’s Annual Meeting in May and “friend” or connect with more than 6,000 of your peers in exercise science and sports medicine. Looking for career advice, mentoring, top-tier educational sessions, information about best practices, networking and social opportunities with other students? The annual meeting is where you’ll want to be!

Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 Annual Meeting!


20th U.S. Surgeon General
VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., MPH
Wed., May 30  |  11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Legendary Olympic Icon
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Thurs., May 31 | 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


The Science of the Running Shoe
Industry Panel
Fri., June 1 | 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Let’s Move – Body Weight Workout

Wed., May 30  |  6:30-7:30 a.m.

Get the blood flowing and kick off the annual meeting with a  little physical activity courtesy of this free groupexercise workout led by Technogym. Limited space is available.

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Graduate and Early Career Day Preconference and Networking Fair

Tues., May 29
3:00 – 4:45 p.m. General Session and Breakout Sessions
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Networking Fair

The Graduate and Early Career Day Preconference and Networking Fair is designed to provide career guidance for graduate students and early career professionals. The session kicks off with a keynote address, then there will be a student interest presentation following by breakouts into two lecture tracks – each with its own specific focus:  Academic Careers; Clinical Careers. 

Students can listen to the journeys and advice from these speakers, as well as participate in the question and answer period. To help promote career networking after the breakouts, students will have a unique opportunity to chat one-on-one with 20 different laboratories/programs/companies. 

Learn about the labs, make connections with the schools, and discover postdoctoral opportunities. A light reception will coincide with the networking portion.

This event is open to all attendees, but is targeted to graduate students and young professionals in the early stage of their career. This event is free as part of your ACSM registration.  If you plan on attending, please check the appropriate box on the registration screen.

See an outline here of the session.

Click here to see the biographies of the presenters.

Networking Fair
This is a free event!  The Networking Fair is a new addition to the Graduate & Early Career Pre-Conference Event.  The goal of this fair is to allow attendees the opportunity to meet and network with various academic programs, laboratories, and companies within their field that may be seeking future graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers.  Students and young professionals will be get to chat one on one about opportunities all across the U.S.

Click here to see all of the institutions who will be at the fair!

Light hors d’oeuvres will be available.


Student Colloquium
Strategies for your Career – Tips from the Racetrack to the Boardroom

Wed., May 30  |  5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt – Great Lakes C

This session will introduce students to examples of non-traditional career pathways and involvement in ACSM.

5:30pm – 5:35pm
Speaker: Kerri Vasold – Student Affairs Committee

Panelists – see bios for the speakers by clicking on their names below

Title: GPS for Professional Success: 10 Behavior Skills of Highly Successful People
5:35pm – 5:50pm
Speaker:  Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM
Director – Preventative Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation
William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

Title: Exploring Job Opportunities in Human Health and Nutrition Markets
5:50pm – 6:05pm
Speaker: Emily Pankow Fritz, Ph.D.
Technical Services Manager – Human Nutrition & Health Division
Kemin Foods, L.C., Des Moines, IA

Title: From the Lab to the Racecar: How to Run a Successful Consulting Business in Exercise Science
6:05pm – 6:20pm
Speaker: David P. Ferguson, Ph.D., RCEP
Assistant Professor – Department of Kinesiology
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Closing Questions/Discussion
6:20pm – 6:30pm
Speaker: All panelists

11th Annual Student Bowl

Wed., May 30  |  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Hyatt – Great Lakes A

Cheer on your regional chapter at the 11th annual Student Bowl. In this popular event, students face FB_studentbowl18off in a friendly, Jeopardy-style competition showcasing their sports medicine and exercise science knowledge. Teams qualify to participate by winning their regional events and/or being nominated by their ACSM Regional Chapter. For more information about a regional bowl event near you, contact your local ACSM Regional Chapter. Visit the ACSM website for a list of Regional Chapters and contact information. A light reception is included.

President’s Cup Poster Competition

Thurs., May 31 |  2:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Convention Center – Hall B

Regional winners post their abstract: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Posters available for viewing: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Regional winners at their poster for judges: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Winner announced: 5:15 p.m.

Come and wish your regional chapter competitors luck toward winning the annual “president’s cup award.” Over the past several months, each regional chapter selected a student winner from their regional meeting who will have the opportunity to showcase their research at the ACSM Annual Meeting. The winning posters will be on public display where judges will have the opportunity to hear the students explain their research, ask questions and evaluate presentations. Judges will then announce the winners after the judging ends at 5:00 p.m.


Student Lounge

Located in the poster area, Hall B. Stop by to relax, read your program and mingle with other students.

Student Help Desk

ACSM Student Affairs Committee members will staff the student help desk, located in the registration area. They are ready to answer your questions about the meeting.

Healthy Happy Hour – Walking Tour of Minneapolis

Wed., May 30  |  5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join fellow Annual Meeting attendees on a free two-hour walking tour of downtown Minneapolis co-sponsored by adidas and the ACSM American Fitness Index. The tour gives you an opportunity to experience the culture and infrastructure that makes Minneapolis one of the fittest cities in the U.S. according to the ACSM American Fitness Index. Space is limited to the first 75 people. Pre-registration required.


18AM Gisolfi Fun Run-web

Fri., June 1  |  6:00 a.m.

The Gisolfi 5k Fun Run, Walk and Roll returns for its 18th consecutive year, and expands to celebrate runners,walkers and rollers of all skill levels. Join 350+ participants on a scenic course along Minneapolis’ historic riverfront, incorporating the landmark Stone Arch Bridge for a breathtaking morning view of the Minneapolis skyline.

Registration is onsite at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Exhibit Hall C. Free bus service will depart from the Hyatt Regency at 5:30 a.m.