The following is a listing of conferences that are either dedicated to undergraduate research or conferences that undergraduates have been able to present research in the past. The most current information concerning the submission of abstracts and other details can always be found on the individual websites.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is a national conference for undergraduate researchers from all disciplines. Students present their work to an audience of their peers, receive feedback on their research, and network with other students and faculty members. Held each spring at a different university, NCUR is an excellent presentation and networking opportunity for undergraduate researchers. NCUR 2018 will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma on April 4-7, 2018.

SIS typically sends a delegation of 6-10 undergraduate researchers to NCUR. Any undergraduate can apply to attend NCUR. However, in order to be part of the SIS Delegation to NCUR and be eligible for SIS funding support, you must have completed both SISU-206 and SISU-306 at the time of application to be part of the delegation. To apply to be part of the SIS delegation to NCUR, submit an initial application to the SIS Undergraduate Research Coordinator in the fall.

Students accepted to the SIS delegation are expected to revise their research paper for submission to the NCUR Proceedings for publication. Then, they will then apply to NCUR and, if accepted, will take part in a series of 3-4 conference preparation workshops in spring to prepare for the presentation of their research at NCUR and final submission prior to the conference in early April. These workshops cover a range of topics including:

  • Revising and preparing your research paper for submission to the NCUR proceedings
  • Preparing and practicing your NCUR presentation
  • Peer review of the papers and presentations from other members of the delegation
  • General conference preparation (including conference norms/etiquette, scheduling, logistics, etc.)

The per-person cost (travel, lodging, conference fees, and incidental expenses) vary from year to year, but are typically around $800-$1000. Students accepted to the SIS Delegation are eligible for funding via the SIS Undergraduate Research Travel Grant. Students are also eligible for an AU Undergraduate Research Travel Grant. Together, these two funding sources typically cover up to 95% of NCUR expenses. We make every effort to minimize the cost for SIS Delegation members. However, we cannot guarantee full funding and, as noted above, costs will vary year to year depending upon the conference location.

The specific dates each year will be announced; in general, you should keep the following dates in mind:

  • Mid-September: application to be part of the SIS Delegation opens
  • Early October: applications close / decisions made on SIS Delegation members
  • November: accepted delegation members submit abstracts to NCUR
  • January: NCUR announces conference acceptance decisions
  • January through April: SIS Delegation members write/revise research papers, prepare presentations, and participate in the NCUR Preparation Workshops
  • Early April: SIS Delegation members submit final research papers to NCUR Proceedings for publication consideration
  • Early/Mid-April: NCUR Conference
  • April-June: Revisions to NCUR Proceedings submissions (if needed) for publication

Interested students should contact the Undergraduate Research Coordinator Aaron P. Boesenecker with any questions. Visit the Council on Undergraduate Research website for more information about the conference.

SIS Conferences

Held each spring, the Symposium is organized and run by SIS undergraduates. If you have a research project that you would like to share with the SIS community, then the Annual SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium is the event for you! Join us for a day of enriching educational exchange where you will discuss a wide range of international affairs research from students in all of the SIS Undergraduate Program’s Thematic Areas, receive constructive feedback on your own research from SIS faculty members and graduate students, and have the experience of presenting in an academic conference setting. The best research projects and presentations will be recognized with distinction and awards.

The 21st Annual SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Students from across the SIS Undergraduate Thematic Areas will present their research to SIS students, faculty, staff, and alums in panel discussions held in the SIS Abramson Family Founders Room and in a poster session held in the SIS Atrium. Application details will be posted in early spring of 2018. Please email any questions to sisugsymposium@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium!

2017 Winners

Best research papers
Bill Kakenmaster, “Belonging in a New Home: Discursive Othering of Latin American Immigrants in US Print Media;”
Shayna Vayser, “Women in Red: Femininity and Womanhood in Soviet Animation.”
Best Oral Presentation
Emily Dalgo, “Memories of US: National Myths and the Emergence of Xenophobia in American Anti-Establishmentarianism”
Best Poster Presentation
Savannah Soter, “Hostage Negotiations: An Analysis of the United States’ Presidential Policy Directive 30 and its Corresponding Rate of Foreign Hostage Recovery”

Each spring, some of the best student researchers from various sections of SISU 306: Advanced International Studies Research are selected to showcase their research projects in a poster conference, held in the SIS Atrium. For many SIS students, the SISU 306 Poster Conference is the first step in taking their research beyond the classroom and engaging in the broader scholarly dialogue on their topics. Students have the chance to discuss their research with students, faculty, and staff from the entire AU community. Many of the presenters then use these projects, and the feedback they receive, as the basis for a Boren or Fulbright application, as the starting point for a further independent research project, or as the basis for a presentation or publication with an external outlet. The SISU 306 Poster Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet students and faculty who share your research interests and to see what your colleagues are researching. 

Other Conferences

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Posters on the Hill

This poster session, dedicated to undergraduate research across a range of disciplines, is held on Capitol Hill each spring with the goal of helping members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by creating a venue in which Congress members can talk directly with the students whom these programs impact.

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"Europe: East and West" Undergraduate Research Symposium

This research symposium, dedicated to undergraduate research on Europe and hosted by the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) and the European Studies Center (ESC) at the University of Pittsburgh is held in the spring. Applications, which must include an abstract as well as a full research paper, are due in January. Check their website for more details and deadlines.

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Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

Held annually in mid-Spring, this is one of the American Political Science Association's regional conferences that is open to undergraduate research.

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Old Dominion University Research Conference

Held each spring, the conference is hosted by the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Abstracts from all programs including economics, communications, humanities, history, public administration and business studies are welcome.

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Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA)

The SSSA hosts an annual meeting in various locations each spring. Submissions are welcome from numerous fields, including Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, And Sociology. Please refer to the "Annual Conference" tab and their "Call for Papers" sections for more detailed information.

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Walsh Exchange

Held in the cosmopolitan hub of Washington, D.C., the Walsh Exchange is an annual conference dedicated to promoting innovative undergraduate research in international relations by students around the world. The conference provides students with an opportunity to formally present their original research and receive constructive feedback from experienced scholars and professors, fellow panelists, and guests alike.

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Wheatley International Affairs Conference

Held annually in the spring, this conference hosted by the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University brings students in contact with international affairs experts and practitioners for a series of roundtable discussions dedicated to analyzing and developing recommendations for U.S. foreign policy on a range of topics. Participants must be selected by their host institution (direct applications to the conference are not accepted).

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American Economic Association

Several economics associations invite undergraduates to present essays at their annual meetings. The AEA maintains a list of these conferences with links to their website.

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Annual Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union

This annual conference is focused on enhancing undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations. Students may pursue a wide range of topics that reflect their interest, expertise, and past research. Topics may deal with any aspect of European integration or transatlantic relations. Students will present and discuss their research in a panel format. At the conclusion of the conference, faculty participants will nominate and select the “best papers” of the conference. Selected papers will be published in a special volume of conference proceedings. In addition, the EU Center of California and the EU Center of Excellence at Berkeley at UC Berkeley, will be offering awards for the top two papers with summer study tours to Europe. There are no conference fees for up to two authors per paper. The Center will cover hotel room + tax for 2 nights and conference meals for accepted participants. Participants are responsible for travel.

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“Europe: East and West” Undergraduate Research Symposium

This research symposium, dedicated to undergraduate research on Europe and hosted by the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) and the European Studies Center (ESC) at the University of Pittsburgh is held in the spring. Applications, which must include an abstract as well as a full research paper, are due in January. Check their website for more details and deadlines.

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Society for Military History Annual Conference

The Society for Military History hosts an annual conference. In addition, the SMH homepage links to other chapters’ conferences and event themes. There are various events happening across the country. SMH’s call for papers page provides information about all of the events, themes, and proposal submission deadlines.

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Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

The Phi Alpha Theta presents special programs at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the Western History Association, the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, the Missouri Valley Historical Conference, the Southwestern Social Sciences Association, and many state Historical associations. Phi Alpha Theta sponsors paper sessions at many of these professional conferences, enabling students to present their research and receive critical evaluation from faculty from a wide variety of institutions of higher learning.

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