May 29 – June 2, 2018 • Minneapolis, Minnesota

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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!


Graduate and Early Career Day Preconference and Networking Fair

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
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This session is designed to 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 click 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

7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Cheer on your regional chapter at the 11th annual Student Bowl. In this popular event, students face off 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

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.



Meet the Expert Networking Session

12:00 – 12:45 P.M.

Set yourself apart from your peers by attending the sessions that could change your career. A listing of ACSM’s esteemed leaders who have agreed to be a part of this hour lunch/networking session will be available soon!

Limited Space! You must register for this event online with your registration.

Jessica Berglund
L. Bruce Gladden, FACSM
Carrie Jaworski, FACSM
Abby King, FACSM
Brittany Overstreet
Andrew Young, FACSM

More experts to be confirmed soon!



Student Lounge

There will be a special area in the convention center where students can gather. Look for signage on site so you can stop by, take a load off your feet, and meet fellow students, make new friends and read over your Annual Meeting materials.


Student Volunteer Program

Are you interested in cutting costs off your registration? You may save money by dedicating at least four hours of time working for ACSM at the Annual Meeting. Send your registration confirmation email to to receive more information and scheduling opportunities.


Student Help Desk

Representatives from the Student Affairs Committee will be there to help you navigate the exciting week of presentations and special events during the Annual Meeting.