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 2019 Annual Meeting!


Student and Early Career Preconference and Networking Fair

Tues., May 28
3:00 – 4:55 p.m. General Session and Breakout Sessions
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Fair

The Student and Early Career 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 three lecture tracks – each with its own specific focus:  Research Careers, Exercise Professional Careers, and Early Career.

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 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 Student & 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.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Click here to see a list of the participating academic programs and laboratories.


Student Colloquium
Career Manifesto: Thinking Outside the Box

Wed., May 29, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

This session is designed to introduce students to careers in industry, scientific writing, and non-tenure track positions in academia.

Introductory Remarks
Speaker: Kerri L. Vasold, B.S.
Midwest Chapter Representative, Student Affairs Committee
American College of Sports Medicine

PanelistsClick here for bios of the speakers.

Title: Maintaining a Research Agenda Outside of a University Setting
Speaker:  Jordan R. Moon, Ph.D., CSCS, EP-C
Executive Director of Research and Education
ImpediMed, Inc.
Carlsbad, CA

Title: From Lab Bench to Newsroom: How I Went from Doing Science to Writing About It
Speaker: Christie Aschwanden
Lead Writer for Science
New York, NY

Title: From Right Brain to Left Brain and Beyond
Speaker: Mary M. Yoke, Ph.D., M.A., M.M., FACSM
Visiting Lecturer
IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Networking Session

12th Annual Student Bowl

Wed., May 29  |  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.


Cheer on your regional chapter at the 12th 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 30 |  2:00 – 5:15 p.m.


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.

See the Regional Winners
View the Regional Winners’ Abstracts


Student Lounge

Located in the poster area, Convention Center-Hall WA2. Stop by to relax, read your program and mingle with other students.