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American Association for Public Opinion Research


Do I need to actually do the research I am presenting at the conference?
No - you just need to present how you would do the research, the impact of the research, how it solves the research issue and any limitations. That's right - you don’t have to actually do the research - just wow the judges with your research design! For more information on presenting, please see the Presentation Guidelines.
How long should the presentation be?
Presentations should be no longer than 14 minutes. The time limit will be strictly enforced to give each team equal opportunity to present.
What should be included in my presentation?      
Please see the Presentation Guidelines.
Does everyone member of the team have to present?
No - who presents is entirely at the discretion of the team and is not part of the judging criteria.
How much time will this take up at the conference? Will it interfere with other AAPOR events?
The event will take place during a normal conference session and will not interfere with other conference events.
I don’t have a team. Can I compete as an individual?
Yes! We have no limits on team size.
Does my team have to be all from the same organization?
No - in fact, we encourage you to work with other organizations.
I want to compete, but I don’t want to compete as an individual.  Can you match me with other individuals that are in the same predicament?
We can put you in touch with other individuals, but we will not be forming teams. In other words, you will be responsible for contacting and forming your own team.
 My organization is a sponsor. Can I participate in AGT?
Yes, you can compete!  We have an excellent and impartial judging panel, so no bias here!
I'm a federal employee. Am I allowed to participate in AGT?
While we welcome any interested parties to compete, certain people such as government employees who are attending AAPOR in an official capacity should refer to their respective ethics offices to see whether their agency would allow them to participate in AGT, which offers cash awards to the winners.
Prizes and Judging
Is there any strings attached to the prize money? 
No - you are free to do what you want with the prize money!
How will the presentations be judged?
Please see the Judging Criteria document.
Who will be judging the presentations?
An esteemed panel of judges, along with an audience vote.
When will the winners be announced?
The winners will be announced at the conference banquet.
Who is my point of contact at the conference?
The AGT committee will be at the conference to answer and assist AGT competitors. Competitors will receive a contact list with names, numbers, and emails before the conference starts.
If I have questions before for the conference, who should I contact?
Please send any questions to AAPORGT2018@gmail.com.
What day and time is the AGT conference session?
As soon as we have a day and time, we will notify all participants.
Will there be social or networking opportunities for AGT participants?
Yes, AGT will have reserved tables at the lunches, dinner and banquet. You will be able to network with other participants, judges, sponsors, and AGT organizers.

Who is eligible to compete in AGT? 
All AAPOR members are eligible to submit abstracts to AGT, with the following exceptions:

  • Current members of the Executive Council
  • Current members of the AAPOR’s Got Talent subcommittee

Please email AAPORGT2018@gmail.com with any questions about eligibility.