114th Annual Conference Graduate Student Activities

Graduate Student Initiatives

The National Tax Association warmly welcomes graduate students to attend our Annual Conference in Detroit, Michigan.

The conference offers many opportunities to meet and talk with NTA members, the leaders in tax and government spending policy. As you will find out, our members want to get to know you and learn about your research! And for those of you on the job market, attending the conference will increase your profile and help put you in touch with potential employers. Click here to see the full list of students on the market.

We have several activities planned specifically for graduate students. Read on!

Graduate Student Breakfast

All students are invited to breakfast on Friday, November 19 from 7:30 to 8:30 am EST at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. This is a great opportunity to meet students from other graduate programs and NTA members — some of whom may become your colleagues and coauthors. In addition, NTA members employed in government agencies and think tanks will discuss how they inform and develop public policy with their work and research. 

Sponsorships for the breakfast are available! Contact April Davis at nta@ntanet.org for information.

NTA: The Next Generation Session

The Next Generation session will consist entirely of graduate student papers. The session is well attended by the NTA community of tax and public finance professionals as well as graduate students. The session can be found here.

Graduate Student Research Forum

The Annual Conference will also have a  student poster session that will allow students to network with other professionals working on tax and government spending policy-including potential employers! Students will present their research and take questions from the conference attendees. 

NTA Equity & Inclusion Travel Fellowship

The Equity & Inclusion Travel Fellowship provides conference travel funding with the goal of increasing participation in and creating long-lasting relationships with the National Tax Association and its activities among underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students and early career Ph.D.s/J.D.s engaged in the theory and practice of public finance, including public taxation, spending, and borrowing. The Fellowships will cover hotel, conference registration, and a travel cost offset.

NTA/CSWEP Pre-Conference Mentoring Dinner

The NTA/CSWEP Pre-Conference Mentoring Dinner matches junior and senior women/non-binary members of the NTA community with the goal of encouraging peer networking among scholars studying the theory and practice of public finance, including public taxation, spending, and borrowing. The dinner will take place the night before the NTA meeting (Wednesday, November 17) and will be held in-person.

Saturday Afternoon Short Course

Graduate students are encouraged to attend the short course on The Social Safety Net as an Investment into the Next Generation presented by Maya Rossin-Slater, Associate Professor, Stanford University. The session will run from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST, on Saturday, November 20 the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.  The short course is sponsored by the University of Michigan Office of Tax Policy Research.


Office of Tax Policy Research, University of Michigan

On the Job Market?
If so, please tell us when you register for the conference. You can also provide us with a link to your web page. We will make it easier for potential employers to find you by putting your name, e-mail address, and homepage on the conference website and indicating on the conference program whether a speaker is a graduate student on the market this year.  This is a great opportunity to possibly meet your future employer! 

Please direct any questions to  nta@ntanet.org.