This April, more than 5,000 SAS users and business leaders will converge on Denver CO for the premier event for SAS professionals: SAS Global Forum 2018. The event provides an excellent forum to expand your SAS knowledge and network with users of all skill levels. (Last year I found myself having lunch one day sandwiched between a consultant who had built a three-decade career around SAS and a graduate student who started using SAS three months earlier. How's that for diversity!)
And because SAS Global Forum attracts users from across the globe; in every industry imaginable; and from countless government and academic institutions, it really is a users event not to be missed. Thanks to the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board there are a couple of award programs in place to help those who might otherwise have a hard time getting to the event... well, get to the event!
New SAS® Professional Award
For relatively new SAS users who want to experience the conference for the first time, there's the New SAS® Professional Award. This award provides full-time SAS professionals with five years or less of SAS experience the opportunity to earn a free conference registration and one free pre-conference tutorial. You are eligible if you have never attended a SAS Global Forum in the past and would not otherwise be able to attend without assistance.
Questions about the award should be directed to Lisa Mendez, SAS Global Forum 2020 Chair, who is also serving as the 2018 New SAS professional Award program coordinator.
SAS® Global Forum International Professional Award
A similar award, the SAS® Global Forum International Professional Award, provides users outside of the 48 contiguous U.S. states a similar opportunity. To qualify for this award, you must be a full-time SAS professional who has never attended a SAS Global Forum and would not otherwise be able to attend. This award provides free registration, including meals; one free pre-conference tutorial; and an invitation to an awards recognition luncheon on Sunday, April 8.
Questions about the SAS Global Forum International Professional Award? Contact MaryAnne DePesquo, the 2019 SAS Global Forum Chair, who is in charge of the 2018 International Professional Awards.
Want to learn more? Hear from a couple of last year's award recipients
Ready to apply?
To be considered for either program, you must submit your application by Jan. 29, 2018.
Hope to see you in Denver!