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Call for Papers and Panel Proposals

The 11th Annual Student Research Conference
Friday, April 14, 2017
Virginia Commonwealth University

presented by
and the
College of Humanities and Sciences

Undergraduate and junior graduate students are invited to submit proposals to present completed research papers/projects, research-in-progress, or roundtable discussions on any topic related to the general fields of government, international, and public affairs. Students from colleges and universities in and around Virginia as well as national and overseas colleagues are invited to submit proposals. We invite faculty and experts from VCU and other institutions to chair and serve as discussants; each presenter will have 10-15 minutes to speak. The VCU Political Science program offers concentrated study in American Government, Public Policy, International Relations, Comparative Government and Politics, Political Theory and Research Methods, with strong connections to Sociology, Economics, and History, allowing for a wide array of possible paper proposals.

This is your chance to share your interests with faculty and other students, to gain experience presenting your work in a professional conference environment, and to receive useful and constructive feedback on your research. Proposals should contain your name and e-mail address, your university, and your major or department, the title of your proposed presentation, and a single paragraph describing your work, including general topic and what you will argue.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Please e-mail your submissions to . Those selected to participate will be notified on a rolling basis by e-mail and all will receive replies by no later than Friday, March 31, 2017.

The one-day conference will also include additional panels on internships and careers in government and foreign affairs, a panel with information on graduate schools, and a free buffet lunch served for all presenters and panelists in the afternoon.

There is no fee for participation in the conference. If you have questions, please contact Chris Saladino at or the conference email,