Student Events

Student Events Calendar


Student Special Interest Group Meet and Greet

The APTA Michigan Student Special Interest Group holds an event each year known as the Student Special Interest Group Meet and Greet.  All PT and PTA students in Michigan are invited!  If you are still feeling unsure about the APTA and the APTA Michigan, then this is a must-attend event.  Learn about the Association that supports your profession.  Meet and network with the SRC leadership, PT and PTA clinicians, APTA Michigan Board of Directors,  and PT/PTA students across the state! The day is packed with fun games and prizes.  Make sure to keep an eye out for registration on the Facebook page


APTA Michigan Student Special Interest Group Student Conclave

A professional physical therapy conference coordinated by students especially for students! Programming at this event is hand-picked to bring you the hottest topics you, as a student, want to hear about and to ensure there is not an overlap from your programs.  This is one of the best professional development opportunities you will have in your student career.  Network with the APTA Michigan Board of Directors, students across the state, vendors who could be potential employers, opportunities for resume critiques and mock interview coaching, access to hot trending educational sessions, and above all it's fun (and affordable)! Not all students in every state have an opportunity like this, so take advantage and mark it in in your calendar for this spring!


APTA Michigan Legislative Day

An event for student and clinicians to advocate for the physical therapy profession and its patients.  Join us in Lansing to meet face to face with your legislators.  This event happens annually in the spring - look for the Save the Date on the APTA Michigan Event Calendar.

AND do not miss out on national events including Federal Advocacy Forum and the APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM).


Get Connected!

Throughout your student career and beyond stay connected with the news and events related to physical therapy through social media.  Facebook is great way to keep track of events near your home and throughout the nation. Want to join the #PTconversation, join Twitter!  Be sure to connect to each link below to stay in the know!


APTA Michigan Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) Facebook

APTA Student Assembly (SA) Facebook

APTA Michigan

APTA Michigan Eastern District
APTA Michigan Western District
APTA Michigan Upper Peninsula District
APTA Michigan Northern District

APTA Facebook





@APTASA Twitter

@APTAMIchigan Twitter

@APTAtweets Twitter


Student Special Interest Group (SSIG)

The purpose of the APTA Michigan Student Special Interest Group is to promote student physical therapist/physical therapist assistant involvement in the APTA/APTA Michigan organizations. The SIG will serve as a mechanism for students to explore and transition into the professional organization by student-driven committee activities. In addition, the committee may extend its efforts to include community activities and education to raise public awareness about physical therapy. A coordinated effort with Districts and other APTA Michigan committees will be utilized to promote student membership and participation.


  1. Provide opportunities for networking, education, resources, leadership and advocacy for APTA Michigan student members.
  2. Promote student membership and encourage life-long engagement in the state and national professional associations.
  3. Provide student focused physical therapy education through Michigan Student Conclave, National Advocacy Dinners, and additional formats as developed by the Student SIG.
  4. Provide Student SIG members the tools and skills to continue to engage in the professional association as they transition to professional members.
  5. Increase awareness of opportunities available for students to participate in governance, advocacy, and volunteering through social media, email, and additional modes of communication.
  6. Provide financial support as able to assist students in participating in association events at the state and national levels.
  7. Coordinate with Student SIGs at the national level.


Student Special Interest Group Leadership (SSIG)



Current: Calley Lonier, SPT (CMU)

Duties: Create agendas and lead meetings. Coordinate development of and completion of Student SIG goals. Update Student SIG membership annually at Student Conclave

Current: Nicole Hawes, SPT (WSU)

Duties: Chair committees as needed. Assist president in leading meetings, creating agendas, and coordinating efforts of the Student SIG Board

Current: Katrina Langen, SPT, (CMU)

Duties: Document meeting minutes and organize Student SIG board communication. Write update for Shorelines newsletter quarterly. Submit website updates to APTA Michigan executive director

Vacant: email if you are interested in this position

Duties: Provide input and organize events to engage PTA schools. Assist in communication with PTA programs. Provide PTA perspective for Student SIG board decisions.

Current: William Dumouchelle, SPT (WMU)

Duties: Contact and coordinate conclave speakers. Communicate with APTA Michigan executive director on speaker and programming needs for Conclave.

Vacant: email if you are interested in this position

Duties: Contact previous and potential sponsors for Student Conclave. Communicate with APTA Michigan executive director to facilitate sponsors. Assist sponsors at the Student Conclave event.

Current: Sarah Parker, SPT, (GVSU)

Duties: Assists in organization of community service opportunities. Organizes events to improve student engagement. Promotes opportunities available to students in the state.

Current: Anna Krinke, SPT (WSU)

Duties: Create and share news/events on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Create promotional material as needed for the Student SIG board. Creates regular posts on social media to engage students and provide resources.

Current: Samantha Behl

Appointed by APTA Student Assembly. Click here for more information.

Duties: Appointed by the APTA Michigan BOD to serve as resources for the Student SIG BOD and membership. Facilitates continuity in transitions of Student SIG boards.

Katelyn Beam, PT, DPT
Kristen Robertson, PT, DPT


Student Opportunities


Involvement Opportunities

Welcome to the profession of physical therapy! One of the best ways to spark your passion for your new career and join the physical therapy community is to get involved.  There are many ways you can get involved as a PT or PTA student with varying levels of leadership opportunities and time commitments. There is a role for everyone, contact the SSIG at to find the role that most aligns with your interests and brings out your strengths!


  • APTA Michigan Student Liaison to the MI Delegation
    • Serve a one-year appointed term and attend the APTA House of Delegates with the Michigan delegation
    • Click Here for a video about this position.
    • For more information about applying click here
  • Apply to become a House Usher to the APTA House of Delegates
  • Student SIG Board Member
    • Email SSIG at if interested
    • Nominations accepted in January/February
    • Elections occur at the annual Student Conclave
  • Volunteer for Student SIG Committee
  • School Student Representative
    • Every PT and PTA school requires 2 student representatives for each cohort.
    • If interested contact SSIG at or the Michigan Core Ambassador at to see if there is need for a student representative. You can also ask your APTA Michigan faculty representative if the position is already filled for your cohort.

Get involved on the national level:

Want to get involved but not sure what role will be best for you?  We can help! Email us at

Check out our Michigan Student Involvement Guide.

Student Membership Benefits

We hope that you know we value you! We want to help you explore your membership by regularly sharing some perks (that you may or may not be aware of). Look out for monthly emails sharing additional membership benefits!

Check out these resources that will be helpful for you as a student and professional clinician.

Find Clinical Summaries here:

Search for Articles here:

If you can't find what you're looking for the APTA has a librarian, you can email at for help with any searching needs!

Find Clinical Practice Guidelines here:

Find tests and measures for patient examination here:

Check out the Rehabilitation Reference Center here ( for information on various diagnoses and medications, patient education resources, and more! It has great resources to look up information for clinicals or for class assignments!

You can find information and resources on specific interventions here:

The Guide to Physical Therapy Practice if FREE to members and can be found here:


As a Member you have access to the journal Physical Therapy. Many of the sections and academies also additional access to journal if you join. Check out PTJ here

Many students find membership to APTA sections to be one of the best benefits. Valuable information specific to your interests and access to a community of clinicians who share your passion in Sports PT, Neurology, Women's Health, Acute Care, Orthopaedic, Cardiopulmonary, Home Health, Pediatrics, Federal, Geriatrics and more! Check out the different sections here ( and explore their membership benefits as a student at a reduced price.

Resources for debt management and repayment can be found here:

Get Involved!

Being involved as a APTA Michigan Student gets you noticed, makes great connections with future employers, and demonstrates you are serious about your Profession. Contact the APTA Michigan Office to learn about ways to volunteer.

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