The Client Problem Solving Competition

(Hosted at the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference)

The Client Problem Competition (CPC) is an annual student team competition held at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) conference every year. The CPC event provides students with a meaningful use of applied skills they learned in sociology, experience in teamwork and time management, and serves as a valuable networking opportunity for the next generation of practicing social scientists.

A representative of a local agency (chosen by AACS) will present a problem to AACS and participating teams of students from schools across the country. Teams present their solutions to AACS, the agency representative, and conference attendees in the audience on the last day of the conference. Each team has at least 20 minutes to present their solutions with some time for questions and answers.

The agency chooses the team with the best solution based on the presentation of academic context but most importantly, on the application of social sciences to the agency’s needs in order to win the CPC 2018 award.

The agency will answer students’ questions on the first day of the conference so it is important for teams to be present for this. Students attend sessions at the conference and ask sociologists and practitioners in attendance questions in order to solve the problem using the applied sociological insights they gather. There is no need for practice or planning prior to the competition as we want to encourage this process of applied learning and networking.

A plaque naming the winning teams will be sent to the school winning the CPC award. Students in the winning teams will be able to see their academic insight applied “in action,” and they will also receive FREE AACS membership for four years or until they graduate, whichever comes first.

2018 Competition in Norfolk, VA:


Reading Enriches All Children (REACH)

Participating Schools:

  • Radford University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Washington College
  • Winston-Salem State University

You can access the Rules and Processes here

You can register a team here