Student MAP Conference (SMAP)

2018 Student MAP Conference (SMAP)

February 2, 2018  |  8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Eastern Michigan University  | McKenny Union  | Ypsilanti

Register here for $35


The Student Michigan Association of Planning (SMAP) Conference is an opportunity for urban and regional planning students to learn about new research, real world projects, institutional best practices, the planning process, and much more from their academic peers and, soon to be, professional colleagues. This venue also provides students a venue where they can connect and network with professional planners affecting change each day in their communities. Come join us and learn about cutting edge research and real world projects that help define the future of planning.

SMAP Call for Sessions

** Deadline moved to Tuesday, January 2 @ noon! **

The Student Michigan Association of Planning (SMAP) Conference Committee is currently seeking session proposals from students and emerging professionals for posters and presentations. Content should be focused on urban and regional planning: best practices, institutional processes, projects, and research. If you have recently studied abroad, finished a student project, had an interesting internship program, or are just beginning your career and you would like to share your experiences, please review the presenter expectations and submit your proposal via the following form.

SMAP 2018 Session Proposal Form

Presenter Expectations

Presentation: You will be required to present for 15 minutes on a topic of your choice that adheres to the focus areas identified in the “SMAP Call for Presentations” section above.
Successful presentations in the past have followed the following format:

  • 10 minutes of speaking/presenting time
  • 5 minute audience Q&A period

Poster Exhibit: You will be required to prepare a 24" by 36" poster to display during the conference. You must mount your poster on a rigid base, such as foam core. SMAP does not provide the foam core or backing material or fixative. You must be available before and after the keynote luncheon to informally discuss your poster. Posters should include text and graphics.

SMAP Conference Institutional Support

Worried that presenting will interfere with your academic or professional workload? The SMAP conference is a well known annual event, and conference staff are in contact with urban and regional planning departments across Michigan. Students who are concerned about attending due to an academic conflict are encouraged with discuss their desire to attend and/or present at the SMAP conference with their professors and department leads as, in the past, many students were granted release time from their classes to enable their attendance to the SMAP conference. If you are a professional planner, please discuss your desire to attend and/or present with your supervisor. In a discussion with your supervisor, remember than attending and/or presenting at the SMAP conference can help you learn tools/tactics that can used on your current projects, add value to your workplace, and can raise the profile of the ongoing or recently concluded projects completed by your employer.

Student and Professional Session Proposal Deadlines:

Session proposal form available for submission: November 17, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Session proposal deadline: January 2, 2018 at noon 
Session presenters announced: January 12, 2018
Digital presentation content due to MAP (i.e., Power Point slides, Google Presentation slides, etc.): January 26, 2018
2018 SMAP Conference takes place: February 2, 2018

Proposal Selection Process

Posters and presentations will be selected based on a content review by MAP staff the SMAP Conference Committee. Those proposals selected will represent the consensus best proposal submissions.


Questions?  Contact Wendy Rampson at 



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