April 13-15, 2023 | the Desmond Hotel, Albany, New York

Empire State University is happy to announce that registration for this year’s Spring Student Conference is now open! The conference is open to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff — and there is no registration fee!

This year’s conference theme is Elevate your Voice. This conference will provide you with the opportunity to learn the skills needed to move into the work force, attain a professional promotion, take your leadership to the next level, and increase your understanding of today's professional environment.

This in-person event will be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY on April 13-15, so SAVE THE DATE! This conference is one of the largest student events that Empire State University hosts and will include sessions on networking, leadership development, careers, professional development, and so much more. 

Our registration form, the application to apply for a Travel Grant, and the ability to submit a proposal form are now open!

This conference will provide students the opportunity to learn the skills needed to move into the work force, work towards a professional promotion, take their leadership to the next level, and/or increase their knowledge and understanding of today's professional environment.

Here are just some of the reasons you should attend the conference,

The conference will contain concurrent sessions including interactive workshops, panel sessions, academic research presentations, and more.

Conference session topics will include;

  • Career Development & Job Search Skills
  • Professional Development and Growth
  • Networking
  • Effective Communication
  • Leadership Skills & Development
  • Work/School/Life balance
  • Student Academic Research
  • and more.

Additionally, for 2023 we will be adding pre-con sessions to Thursday's program. These sessions are small focused sessions that take place Thursday afternoon, prior to the conference kick-off.

These sessions differ from the concurrent sessions in that they are intended to help conference attendees enhance specific skill sets or acquire specific goals such as creating a personalized LinkedIn page.

When you attend the Spring Student Conference, you have the opportunity to meet and talk with other students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The conference provides the tools and the welcoming environment for students to attend sessions that are geared towards developing new skills and encourages attendees to practice those skills throughout the conference.

Research shows that students who are more engaged with the university community are more likely to persist to graduation.

Share your Knowledge

Presenting a session at the conference allows students the opportunity to hone their skills in front of their peers. Whichever field you are in, or are trying to pursue, presentation and public speaking skills are excellent skills to develop. Additionally, you can add presenting at a conference to your resume which is an added bonus.

Some students choose to host a workshop, share the academic knowledge they've gained while attending SUNY Empire, or present on a topic with which they are experienced such as leadership, a skill, or a hobby.

The call for conference proposals opens up on January 19.

Share your Artwork

A staple at every student conference is the annual Art Show and Reception. This event takes place the Friday evening of the conference and highlights the artistic abilities of SUNY Empire students. Art Work displayed in the past has included; carved driftwood, photography, digital designs, watercolor portraits, hand blown glass and more.

No matter your medium of choice, share your artwork and talent with us.

The call for art submissions opens up on January 19.

It is not all business at the conference, we have a lot of fun too!

In addition to the sessions, the conference features evening entertainment, an art show, student awards recognition, general sessions, a keynote speaker, and more. 

One of the best things about the conference, isn't something you will find in the program. It is the connections and life-long relationships that attending the conference fosters.


If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Life at StudentLife@esc.edu

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