Student Events

We encourage all students of all levels to participate in the following events at SSWR 2024.

  • “Meet the Scientist” Luncheon (separate fee required) REGISTER NOW

Thursday, January 11, 2024: 12:15 PM-1:30 PM, Shaw (ML 3) (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)


Michael Park, PhD, Rutgers University, Samira Ali, PhD, MSW, University of Houston, Jane Lee, PhD, University of Washington, Charles H. Lea III, PhD, Columbia University, Branden McLeod, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Bernadine Waller, PhD, Columbia University, Javier Garcia-Perez, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Reiko K. Boyd, PhD, University Houston, Rohini Pahwa, PhD, New York University, Ruben Parra-Cardona, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin and Fiona Conway, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) will be holding the €œMeet the Scientist Luncheon to be held at the SSWR 28th Annual Conference in Washington, DC. This special session provides a forum for early career scholars including doctoral students, post docs, and assistant professors to talk and interact with invited scholars from all levels (postdocs, and assistant to full professor) who are leaders in social work research and the Society. Participants are encouraged to sit with invited scholars who are at career levels of interest and/or have similar research or advocacy interests. Early career scholars will have the opportunity to ask questions about career development, challenges in the field, research initiatives, and where the field might be heading. Each invited scholar will be seated at a table with up to 6 early career scholars.

  • Student Session and Luncheon

Saturday, January 13, 2024: 12:30 PM-1:45 PM, Liberty BR Salons L&M (ML 4) (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)

Balancing Innovation and Equity: The Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence in Social Work Research & Praxis


Courtney Cogburn, PhD, Columbia University; Kasey Claborn, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin; Desmond Patton PhD, University of Pennsylvania; Emily Cassometus, DC Justice Lab

Rapid technological advances over the past few years have resulted in new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, such as ChatGPT. The introduction of AI into the classroom, social media, health care systems, and policing systems demonstrates a trajectory of AI integration into our everyday lives. AI technologies have the potential to transform systems, promote student learning, and enhance client well-being; yet they also run the risk of amplifying the surveillance and policing of marginalized communities, ultimately exacerbating social inequities. As society increasingly relies on technology, social workers must proactively define our relationship with AI and ascertain how to ethically engage with technology in ways that align with our professional values. This year’s Student Luncheon convenes a diverse group of social work scholars, educators, and practitioners to discuss 1) the ethical implications of utilizing AI in research, teaching, and practice, and 2) the ethical integration of AI in their work to achieve social justice.

  • Mentor Match Program

“Coffee with a Scholar”: organized by the SSWR Doctoral Committee for the SSWR 2024 Annual Conference that will be held in Washington, DC, January 11-14, 2024. The goal of the program is to facilitate a potential mentorship opportunity for doctoral students by coordinating one-to-one meetings between faculty and researchers at other institutions over the course of the SSWR 2024 Annual Conference. We expect these meetings to take the form of an hour-long coffee date during the conference. This is a great opportunity for faculty and students across institutions to connect! Sign up deadline is 12/01/2023. SSWR will make the best efforts to match applications received by deadline. If you would like more information, please contact Rita Hu at Thank you for your interest in our mentorship program. Sign up here.

  • Volunteer Opportunities

The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) provides opportunities for students to “earn” their registration fee by volunteering at the SSWR Annual Conference. Volunteers assist with registration, monitor sessions (handout materials, count the number of attendees in each session, assist presenters with AV needs, sign CEU forms) and provide directions to attendees. Volunteers are expected to contribute a total of six (6) hours of time during the conference. Student volunteers must watch a 20-minute training video before their first volunteer shift. Students who are also presenters may schedule their volunteer time so it does not conflict with their presentations. Learn more.

  • Student Social Hour – all students are welcome!

Thursday, January 11, 2024: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM, Shaw (ML 3) (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)


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