The Domenici Institute is calling for panelists for its 2014 Public Policy Conference to be held at New Mexico State University, Sept. 17-18, 2014. Students must be nominated by university faculty for competitive selection. Nominations will come from universities around New Mexico with only 20 students who will make the cut.

Students who are selected will be the only conference attendees allowed to question the speakers. While speakers for the 2014 conference have not been announced, former panelists have questioned some of the nation’s top newsmakers including governors, U.S. cabinet secretaries, a White House Chief of Staff and other highly influential political strategists, military commanders and defense contractors. While the Domenici Institute offers some compensation, the opportunities and experience of a place as a panelist at the conference could stay with students for a lifetime. Those selected will be notified by email on or before June 13.  They will then begin work with a committee of the Domenici Institute to prepare for the conference.

Student nominations are accepted from faculty and administrators of universities in New Mexico. All students may be nominated, unless they have served a panel before. Multiple nominations from one individual will be accepted. Students are encouraged to ask faculty or administrators to nominate them. New in 2014: Students who are nominated by faculty or administrators are highly encouraged to submit a short letter of interest (150–300 words) explaining why he or she would like to be a panelist. First consideration will be given to those nominations that include a student letter of interest. Nomination forms and instruction can be found at The Domenici Institute. All materials must be received by the Domenici Institute no later than April 30. Those selected will be notified by email on or before June 13 and will begin work with a committee of the Domenici Institute to prepare for the conference.

Questions regarding the Domenici Student Panelist Program should be directed to Sara Patricolo at the Domenici Institute: 575-646-2066 or spatrico@nmsu.edu.