2020 National Student Research Conference
February, 14-16 2020
George Washington University
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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..
Interested students should complete the online proposal submission form by December 2, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be made December 20 2018. Final papers will be due by January 28, 2019. Please only submit a proposal if you are able to attend the conference.
The event kicks off with an opening reception on Friday, February 14 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. During the day on February 14 we will have the option for a number of small tours. These will be first come first serve and might include a Behind the Scenes Look at the US Capitol Building, A Visit to the Library of Congress, and more. Full details will be available in the fall.
Saturday, February 15 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 16 a series of professional development workshops and training sessions will be held. Be sure to review the 2019 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
"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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PRO TIPS: BUILDING A STRONG PROPOSAL
NO COST: THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE TO TAKE PART
FEEDBACK: DOCTORAL STUDENTS FROM LOCAL UNIVERSITIES WILL SERVE AS DISCUSSANTS AND PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON YOUR WORK
NETWORK: MEET LOCAL PI SIGMA ALPHA MEMBERS WHO ARE WORKING AND LIVING IN WASHINGTON
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
"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