Mini-PAA Conference & Tips on Posters

The Mini-PAA is held every year approximately 7-10 days before the PAA Conference.

For tips on posters please see the document attached prepared by Sarah Patterson (Sociology & Demography): Creating and Printing a Poster at PSU 2016.08.31 SP

Past Mini-PAA events are listed below

2016 Mini-PAA (March 22, 2016)

233 Hub-Robeson Center – 10.00am-2.00pm


2015 Mini-PAA (April 13 & April 16, 2015)

The Papers and Posters at the mini-PAA are listed below …

Day 1 — Monday April 13th (Henderson Living Center)

POSTERS 11.00am-12.00pm

Angela Campbell and Patricia Y. Miranda. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a Facilitator of Breastfeeding Among a Nationally Representative Sample of Low Birth Weight Infants.

Timmy Huynh and Brian Swedberg Crime Prediction in Chicago: Using a Statistical Learning Approach to Create a Spatiotemporal Vulnerability Surface of Violent Crime

Valarie King and Lisa Boyd. Factors Associated with Perceptions of Family Belonging among Adolescents

Susana Quiros. Destabilization, Migration & Multiplication: Unintended Consequences of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Americas

Donghui Wang and Jingjing Wang. Different Places, Different Stories: A Study of Recent below-Replacement Fertility in China Using Geographically Weighted Regression Method

Danielle Rhubart. Environmental Exposures and Hematologic Cancers in Upstate New York

Brianne Pragg and Chris Knoester. Parental Leave Usage among Disadvantaged Fathers

PAPERS 12.00pm-2.00pm

1. Will Bleser, Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins and Yunfeng Shi. Influenza Vaccination Disparities and Determinants: An Intersectionality Approach

2. Raeven Faye Chandler and Shannon M. Monnat. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Access to and Use of Physician Diabetes Care.

3. Hayley Pierce, Ashley Larsen and Renata Forste Caregiver Decision-making: Household Response to Child Illness.

4. Ashish Tyagi. A Computable General Equilibrium Model of Environment, Economy and Population – an Overlapping Generations Approach

5. Nurudeen Alhassan and F. Nii-Amoo Dodoo . Does community physical activity protect urban poor youth in Accra from sexual risk taking beyond their own participation?

DAY 2 — Thursday April 16th (302 Pond)

PAPERS 11.30am-1.30pm

Glenn Firebaugh and Francesco Acciai. Mortality Effects of the Great Recession in High-Income Nations

Wade Jacobsen. Punished for Their Fathers? School Discipline and the Social Exclusion of Children of the Prison Boom.

Adriana Reyes. Cumulative Disadvantage and Income Inequality among Immigrants.

Michael J. R. Martin, Stephen A. Matthews and Barrett A. Lee. The Spatial Diffusion of Diversity.

Yunmei (Iris) Lu and Jason Thomas. Does Criminality diminish with age? –Disentangling the forces of selection from the age effect in the age-crime relationship

Chairs of the organizing committee: Reni Bilikisu Elewonibi (Health Policy Administration) and Danielle Ely (Rural Sociology)


2014 Mini-PAA (April 22, 2015)


On April 22, 2014 the Graduate Program in Demography hosted a pre-PAA conference event (dubbed the “mini-PAA”). This event was entirely based on the papers and posters authored by graduate students in Penn State’s Demography program that were accepted for presentation at the PAA Annual Meetings in Boston (2014). The mini-PAA provided the presenters the opportunity to formally present their work to their colleagues; an important opportunity given the breadth and depth of the dual-degree program in Demography at Penn State. It also provided opportunities to practice their talks in the 12-15 minute PAA format and to hone their skills discussing their posters and research. The first mini-PAA included four presentations and up to 20 posters (for details see The event was held in the Living Center on Penn State’s campus and was well attended by the graduate students and faculty across the demography community.

The event would not have been possible without the organizational skills of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee*, the assistance of Angela Jordan and Stephanie Eickstedt, and the support of Jenny Van Hook, Director of the Population Research Institute at Penn State.

*The Graduate Student Advisory Committee (2013-2014) is:

  • Beatrice Abiero (Health Policy & Administration and Demography)
  • Lauren Bachan (Sociology and Demography)
  • Nicole Constance (Human Development & Family Studies and Demography)
  • Stephen Kotok (Education, Theory & Policy and Demography)
  • Ellis Logan (Sociology and Demography)
  • Daniel Parker (Anthropology and Demography)
  • Kyler Sherman-Wilkins (Sociology and Demography)
  • Emily Wornell (Rural Sociology and Demography)
  • Esha Zaveri (Agricultural, Environmental and Resource Economics & Demography)


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