About the Ambassador Program


The SIOP Annual Conference is, without a doubt, an overwhelming experience, particularly for those who are new to the event and aren’t quite sure where to start or how to make the most of the experience.  Since 2010, the SIOP Ambassador Program has sought to make the newcomer experience less overwhelming by matching our newest attendees with previous conference goers who were willing to share what they’ve learned and serve as a mentor through the conference.  Serving as an Ambassador is a relatively small time commitment that can have a tremendous impact on first-time SIOP attendees, including providing a positive introduction to the SIOP community.


Newcomer Dustin Bauer and Ambassador Jenna Roman
pause for a selfie before the SIOP 2018 closing reception.


Here’s what some past newcomers and ambassadors have to say about their participation in the ambassador program:


"Getting to speak with my ambassador prior to the conference helped me get a better idea of what to expect."  
Dehlia Mahoney, Graduate Student at Montclair State University

"I have been an ambassador since this program started - I just like helping others.  And I just really LOVE SIOP, so I like to spread the joy."
Nicholas Salter, Assistant Professor at Hofstra University

"My Ambassador did an excellent job of preparing me for how to navigate the conference."
- Sarah Keen, Graduate Student at the University of Maryland - College Park & Technical Director at the Department of Defense

"I participated as a Newcomer and found the program really helpful, so I'm happy to be able to give back by serving as an ambassador."
- Jensen Mecca, Senior Associate at Modern Hire


Thanks again to all our past SIOP ambassadors who supported their newcomers' SIOP journey!      

Program Requirements:



Program Requirement

Registered for 2021 SIOP Annual Conference


Has already attended at least one Annual Conference


Attending for the first time

Agree to follow all program expectations

Provide information needed for matching process


Confirm Newcomer match invitation

Connect by email or phone at least once before the conference

Meet at least once in person at the conference: Schedule a check-in (i.e. meet up virtually) during the conference.


How to sign up: 
Anyone wanting to participate as an ambassador or newcomer can sign up within the 2021 SIOP Annual Conference registration.  We encourage everyone from graduate students who are more advanced in their programs, recent graduates in academic or applied jobs, or more veteran SIOP members to consider making a first-time SIOP conference attendee feel welcome, especially in these uncertain times we look forward to the 2021 conference, our committee is determined to help even more members make connections through the Ambassador Program. 

We’re very excited about the 2021 SIOP Ambassador Program and appreciate your participation!

If you have any questions or would like additional information on the Ambassador Program, please contact us at