Meeting Info

Meeting Information

Southwest ACSM Annual Meeting

Save the Date: October 29-30, 2021

In-person meeting!

Details to follow soon

At this point, we are planning to meet in-person! As California surpassed a major milestone in the fight against COVID — administering more than 20 million vaccine doses, including 4 million in the state’s hardest-hit communities, and with hospitalizations continuing to steadily decline — Governor Gavin Newsom  outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery. On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met: If vaccine supply is sufficient for those who wish to be inoculated; and if hospitalization rates remain stable and low. 

As our meeting is in late October, there are no criteria required regarding COVID testing or vaccine requirement. From the website:

"Is COVID-19 testing or a vaccine necessary if you are traveling to California for an event?

Between June 15 and October 1, if an event has 5,000 or fewer attendees then there is no testing or vaccine verification requirement. If there are more than more than 5,000 attendees, there must either be testing or vaccination verification. After October 1, these criteria will no longer be required."

As this is a fluid situation, please check back here regularly for updates.

New this year:

In 2021, we plan on publishing our annual program (including abstracts) on a new platform that utilizes the International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings (IJES). Which means, all abstracts this year get published on IJES! (
The SW ACSM is student-centered; all abstracts that are submitted get accepted! This is for your benefit, we want you to present! So this year more than ever, please submit an abstract, as you'll get accepted, and you'll get published!

The 2020 SWACSM annual conference was held virtually on the Symposium by ForagerOne platform. Abstract submission information can be found here. The following info is from last year's (2020) conference.


2020 VIRTUAL Conference Program



Conference highlights include: 

1) Poster session

2) Symposium presentations in pre-recorded video format

3) Three live Zoom Q and A Sessions on Friday, October 30th* 

  • 12:00-12:30pm: Undergraduate Student Research Award Competition
  • 1:00-1:30pm: Graduate Student Research Award Competition
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Health and Performance Q and A Panel

For a list of panel participants, please see the 2020 SWACSM Program Preview link. Research award finalists will be announced prior to the conference.


CECs will be awarded upon request according to ACSM policy (1.0 CEC for each hour of unopposed, educational content viewed on the site). Please submit CEC requests using the form below to SWACSM Executive Director Jack Young ( after the conference website has closed.

Congratulations to the 2020 Student Research Award Finalists!


Student Jeopardy

Due to the 2020 virtual meeting, there will not be a Student Jeopardy competition.

Undergraduate students from any southwest region university can sign up to play student jeopardy in teams of 3-students. More than one team MAY be allowed per university depending on available space. Names of students must be provided at the time of reserving your teams spot and 2 alternate names may be submitted as well.

Registration for teams is now CLOSED, if you still want to register a team, please contact Dr. Matt Lee to see if there are any spots left.

Contact Dr. Matt Lee, with any questions or concerns.


Want to eat near the conference sites?  Click on link for most walking distance or a short drive eateries.

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