We seek applications from students of underrepresented groups of all kinds, including first-generation college students.
The Emerging Scholars Conference enables undergraduate students to discuss their research -- whether completed or in progress -- in a scholarly (but low-pressure) setting that exposes them to the world of academic exchange at a professional level. Past conferences have been successful events, as students presented on a wide range of topics and methods that reflect early forays into original social science scholarship.
Since circumstances do not permit an in-person event this year, we will host a virtual conference with multiple sessions over a day and a half later this fall (Nov. 18-19, 2021). Invited scholars will participate in panels to discuss their research and will receive constructive feedback from faculty and graduate student discussants, as well as other audience members. In other sessions, students will receive advice on applying to Ph.D. programs and have the chance to talk with current students about life in graduate school.
Applications aredueFriday, October 8 at 2pm EST. We request the following materials:
(1) completion of the brief online application form, including a brief statement on how the applicant would bring novel or underrepresented perspectives to political science;
(2) a transcript (an unofficial copy is fine);
(3) title and abstract of the research project the student plans to discuss;
(4) a brief writing sample; and
(5) a letter of endorsement from the student’s faculty advisor that speaks both to the student’s promise for doctoral study and how the student will strengthen the diversity of the field. This letter may be submitted separately via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students should first complete the brief online form (https://forms.gle/vYcrQxei4qRVHnVT9), which will offer an opportunity to upload the other materials. Materials may also be submitted via email (email@example.com) with the subject heading “Emerging Scholars.” If they wish, students may also include a current resume or curriculum vitae.
We anticipate making decisions and issuing invitations on or about Monday, October 18.Questions about the application process may directed to Megan Gosling, our Graduate Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-764-9598.