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Undergraduate Research Conference Opportunities

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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. Click on the title of each conference to visit the conference homepage and obtain information concerning the submission of abstracts and other details. Click here for instructions on conference reimbursement.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Held annually in mid-Spring at various universities, this conference is an excellent presentation and networking opportunity. NCUR 2015 will be held at Eastern Washington State University on April 16-18, 2015. Additional information concerning applications and other deadlines will be posted as it becomes available.

SIS will be sending a delegation of approximately 6 SIS undergraduate researchers to NCUR 2015. Delegation members are expected to have a completed and/or revised research paper prepared prior to attending the conference.

SIS students who wish to be part of the SIS delegation to NCUR should submit an initial application to the SIS Undergraduate Research Coordinator using this form no later than October 6, 2014. Interested students should contact the Undergraduate Research Coordinator Prof. Aaron Boesenecker with any questions.

SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium

Held each spring, the Symposium is organized and run by SIS Undergraduates. The 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on April 16, 2014. Visit the Undergraduate Research Symposium webpage for additional information.

General Conferences

10th Annual 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. The 2012 conference, to be held on February 24, will focus on the topic of The European Union in the World: Global Dimensions and Dynamics. Abstracts from all programs including economics, communications, humanities, history, public administration and business studies are welcome. The submission deadline for the 2012 conference is January 15, 2012. http://al.odu.edu/gpis/conference.shtml

“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 will be held on March 30, 2012. Applications, which must include an abstract as well as the full research paper, are due by January 23, 2012. http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/ursymposium/

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. The 2012 conference will take place on March 13-16 and will focus on the broad theme of human security. Participants must be selected by their host institution (direct applications to the conference are not accepted).

  • The 2014 conference will take place February 25-28 and will focus on the role of diplomacy in bridging religious divides.


Butler Undergraduate Research Conference:

this conference, dedicated to showcasing undergraduate research, is held annually in the spring at Butler University (Indianapolis, IN). The 2012 conference will take place on April 20. http://www.butler.edu/undergrad-research-conference/

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.


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. The 2014 MPSA conference will be held in Chicago on April 3-6. The application deadline for the 2014 conference is September 30 for panel proposals and October 4 for individual paper proposals. Visit http://www.mpsanet.org/ for additional details.

Southwestern Social Science Association:

the SSSA hosts an annual meeting in various locations each spring. The deadline for submissions for the April 2012 conference has passed. As soon as information for the 2013 conference is available, it will be posted. The deadline for proposal submissions for the 2013 conference is anticipated to be in fall of 2012. http://www.sssaonline.org/index.php/annual-meeting


Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication:

started in 2004, the Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication, has grown into a vibrant regional conference. Sponsored by the Department of Communication and held annually at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the conference has drawn nearly 250 undergraduate scholars from across the Midatlantic. This year’s conference will be held on April 18, 2012 in Rochester, New York. Proposal submissions are due by February 15, 2012. See the call for papers for more details: http://www.rit.edu/cla/curc/call_for_papers.php


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. http://www.aeaweb.org/students/Opportunities.php

European Studies

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, each panel being composed of three or four students. 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 papers with study tours to Brussels and Rome over the summer.

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.

The application deadline for the 2012 conference (to be held April 12-13 at Scripps College, Claremont CA) deadline has already passed. Updated information for the 2013 conference will be posted as it becomes available. Please contact Zaynah Rahman at (909) 607-8103 or e-mail her at zrahman@scrippscollege.edu with any questions you may have regarding the conference. http://eucenter.scrippscollege.edu/student-resources/claremont-uc-undergraduate-research-conference

“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 will be held on March 30, 2012. Applications, which must include an abstract as well as the full research paper, are due by January 23, 2012. http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/URSymposium

Middle East Studies

CSU Conference on Middle Eastern Studies:

the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, hosts an annual conference on Middle Eastern Studies and encourages undergraduates to present papers. Conference takes place in the fall, and submissions are due in late summer. Exact dates have not been listed for the 2012-13 year. 2011 link here: http://class.csupomona.edu/his/mesc/

Security Studies

The Society for Military History:

The SMH hosts an annual conference. In addition, they have links to other chapters’ conferences and event themes. There are various events happening across the country throughout 2012. SMH’s call for papers page provides information about all of the events, themes, and proposal submission deadlines. http://www.smh-hq.org/opps/cfp.html


Phi Alpha Pheta History Honor Society:

The Phi Alpha Theta presents special programs at the annual meetings of the American History 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. http://web1.cas.usf.edu/PAT/activities.htm

Public Health

American Public Health Association Annual National Student Meeting:

the American Public Health Association Student Assembly hosts an annual meeting every year in the fall.
Title - http://www.apha.org/membergroups/students/
Student Assembly - http://www.apha.org/membergroups/students/meetings/

Women's Studies

SUNY Albany Women’s Studies Student Conference:

Every fall semester, graduate students at SUNY Albany organize an annual Women's Studies Student Conference—often through the Feminist Theory graduate seminar or occasionally through another course. What began in Fall 2002 as a class conference, in which students presented their seminar papers in a public format, has grown into open calls for participation from both graduate and undergraduate students in different departments, colleges, and universities.

Students who wish to learn more about the event and who would like to submit projects and ideas can contact conference organizers at the following e-mail address: wstudent@albany.edu. Details will be posted on the conference website for 2012 as soon as they are available.
2011 Program: http://www.albany.edu/wstudent_conference
General link - http://www.albany.edu/womensstudies/ws-graduateconference.shtml

Foreign Policy

Americans for Informed Democracy “2012: Challenge Accepted” Conference:

This spring Americans for Informed Democracy will bring hundreds of youth leaders and activists together for the largest youth conference on foreign policy and the 2012 elections this year, 2012: Challenge Accepted. The conference will be held on April 14-15, 2012, at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. We will explore key debates facing our generation, from the economy to security to climate change. We will discuss what a new vision of US global engagement should look like, in light of these tremendous challenges. And we will bring these views directly to the campaigns.

Students are invited to submit papers for a student journal that will accompany the event. Papers should provide original perspectives and/or research on one of the following topics:

  • The future of US global engagement
  • The US in the global economy
  • The evolving definition of US security
  • Approaches for defining and promoting global justice
  • The role of citizens, people’s movements, corporations and other non-state actors in addressing global challenges
  • The future of US-Muslim world relations
  • How we define and build global citizenship

Abstracts will be accepted to through March 10, 2012 and full papers are due by April 5, 2012. Please visit the event website for complete details on submissions as well as information on attending and participating in the conference. http://www.acceptthechallenge2012.org/