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Annual SPA Convention - General Information

2017 Convention Theme:
Evolving Proficiencies in Personality Assessment


March 15-18, 2017
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Travel Grants

Diversity Support Grant
Deadline: November 30 (each year)
As part of its overall commitment to diversity, SPA intends to promote and support ethnic diversity representation at the SPA Annual Conventions. Toward that end, the organization is now offering one diversity support grant of $1000.00 or two diversity support grants of $500 each to support ethnically diverse professionals or students involved in personality assessment who seek to attend the annual convention.

For Diversity Support Grant guidelines click here

Submit online application: Diversity Support Grant application


Early Career Travel Grants
Deadline: November 30 (each year)
In an effort to encourage and support the training and education of early career psychologists in personality assessment, as well as participation in and consumption of assessment research and scholarly activity, the Society for Personality Assessment gives travel grants to defray the cost of attending the Annual Convention. Ten grants are given annually in the amount of $500 to be used to support travel to the convention, registration, and workshop attendance.

For Early Career Travel Grant guidelines click here

Submit online application: Early Career Travel Grant application


Early Career International Travel Grant
Deadline: November 30 (each year)
In an effort to encourage and support the training and education of early career international psychologists in personality assessment, as well as participation in and consumption of assessment research and scholarly activity, the Society for Personality Assessment gives travel grants to defray the cost of attending the Annual Convention. Five grants are given annually in the amount of $1000 each to be used to support travel to the meeting, registration, and workshop attendance.

For Early Career International Travel Grant guidelines click here

Submit online application: Early Career International Travel Grant application


Student Travel Grants
Deadline: November 30 (each year)
In an effort to encourage training of students and promote student participation in research and scholarly presentation in the area of personality assessment, the Society for Personality Assessment gives travel grants to students attending the SPA Annual Convention. Travel grants are available for amounts up to $200 to help defray the costs of travel to and from the Annual Convention.

For Student Travel Grant guidelines click here

Submit application: Student Travel Grant application.


Registration
Promotional material with details about the 2017 Annual Convention will be sent to the SPA membership the first of December 2016. Participant convention registration includes all convention materials; refreshment breaks; the President's Welcoming Reception on Thursday evening, as well as the Closing Reception on Saturday evening; entry to the scientific sessions, the master lectures, poster sessions, and the award presentations; and a collegial atmosphere to meet and interact with colleagues from around the world who are interested in personality assessment research and practice.

Convention registration can be completed by accessing the online registration form after the first week of December 2016 (Annual Convention tab, Register for the Convention link). For those who wish to send a check for payment, please use the downloadable form. To ensure your participation, please register early and take advantage of the advance registration fee.

Special Accommodations: SPA welcomes our colleagues with special needs to the convention. If you require specific accommodations covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please e-mail them to the Registrar assistant@spaonline.org no later than February 12, 2017.


Hotel Reservations
The SPA Annual Convention, March 15-18, 2017, will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Located just south of Market Street in SoMa, the luxurious Downtown San Francisco hotel offers easy access to the city's best attractions, including Moscone Center, the Yerba Buena Gardens, Union Square shopping and AT&T Park, home of the Giants. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 14 miles away..

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-896-1600

Accommodations:
Reservation deadline to receive the convention rate: TBA
Toll-free Reservations: 1-800-228-9290 Reservations Local Phone: 1-415-896-1600
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Transportation
These hotels do not provide shuttle service.


• San Francisco International Airport - SF
Airport Phone: +1 650 821 8211
Hotel direction: 13.8 miles NW
Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: 17 USD (one way) ;on request
Subway service, fee: 8.65 USD (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: $45 USD  (one way)

• Oakland International Airport - OAK
Airport Phone: +1 510 563 3300
Hotel direction: 20 miles NW
Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: $27 USD (one way) ;on request
Subway service, fee:  $4.05 USD  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: $60 USD  (one way)

• Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport - SJC
Airport Phone: +1 408 392 3600
Hotel direction: 45 miles NW
Alternate transportation: Super Shuttle; fee: $125 USD (one way) ;on request
Estimated taxi fare: $167 USD (one way)

Off-Site
Off-site parking, fee: $3.5 daily hourly
Valet Parking
Valet parking, fee: $70.70 daily




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