2021 National Student Research Conference

February, 12-14 2021
George Washington University
Washington, DC







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How would you like to come to Washington to present your research? Pi Sigma Alpha wants you to join us the seventh annual Undergraduate Student Research Conference. The conference provides a platform for Pi Sigma Alpha members to present their research findings in a professional setting with opportunity for engagement with peers in the heart of Washington, DC.

Students exploring topics across political science are welcome to submit proposals. This includes the many subfields that make up the discipline (American Politics, International Relations, Political Philosophy, Public Policy, and more). Panels will be created based on available paper topics and graduate students from Georgetown, George Washington, and the University of Maryland will serve as panel chairs and discussants..

The 2021 Conference proposal system will open in September 2020 with a deadline of December 12, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made December 20 2020. Final papers will be due by January 22, 2021. Please only submit a proposal if you are able to attend the conference.

The event kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, February 12 in the evening and will include local Pi Sigma Alpha members working in Washington who will be available to talk about jobs and life in DC. 

Saturday, February 13 will be a full day of scholarly panel sessions with a featured lunch speaker. A light reception will follow the conclusion of the panel sessions.

On Sunday, February 14 a series of professional development workshops and training sessions will be held. Be sure to review the 2020 Sunday Program for a closer look at the types of sessions to be held. 

Conference participants pay no registration fee and are provided breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast only on Sunday. There will be a block of hotel rooms at which participants may reserve a room for  discounted rate.

Past participants have received near full financial support from their institution. Before you apply speak with your faculty advisor about how to apply for departmental or institutional funds to support your travel. 

In town and want to stop by?  Drop a note to Sean Twombly at office@pisigmaalpha.org for more information!

Looking Back on the 2020 Conference

The 2020 National Student Research Conference brought 200 students and faculty to DC.  Read more about our successful event!



"By attending the Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate conference, I had the opportunity to receive feedback on my presentation that was extremely helpful and valuable to me as I continue to conduct research. Perhaps the most valuable experience was listening and talking to other presenters. I can bring the information I learned at this conference back to my home university to help our students learn more about the field of political science as well as the importance of undergraduate research and scholarship."

Greta Frost, Youngstown State University

"The Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate conference is a great way to gain the experience you need by presenting your own research before you enter graduate school, and in the nations capital no less! Listening to other undergrads present their research was a very fulfilling, enlightening, and rewarding experience and no other undergraduate conference does it like Pi Sigma Alpha."

-Chelsea Manning, Oakland University

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