Dear Politics students,
If you are doing research for an essay, project or dissertation that you find incredibly interesting and are desperate to share with others, we have just the event for you! We will be holding our annual UofM Politics Undergraduate Research Conference on Tuesday May 17th 2022. The conference will be hosted by the Politics Department, and organized with help from the student team at Juncture.
Barring any changes to the current health and safety guidelines, this year’s conference will take place in person. If accepted, you will be placed on a panel alongside other students to present your ideas and research to an audience of staff and students. This is a great opportunity to share your views with others, and will look great on your CV too!
In order to apply, please send a title and a short abstract (i.e. a max 200 word summary of your research), along with your name and contact details to Adrienne Roberts by April 4th. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We will accept contributions on any topic related to Politics and International Relations, from students in any year of study. We anticipate that the majority of proposals will be based on final year projects or dissertations, but other research-based proposals are welcome as well. Each proposal will be viewed on its merits by the organising committee (made up the UG Director, Director of the Politics & IR Programme, and representatives from Juncture).
In terms of next steps, the processes takes place as such:
• We will send emails confirming acceptance to the conference in mid-April
• Participants will be asked to submit a written paper (normally 5,000-10,000 words) by Tuesday May 10th(one week before the conference). This can be a version (including a draft version) of your dissertation or research essay. We will not be providing comments on the written version, but would like to be sure that our presenters are prepared and have enough content to make a proper contribution to the conference.
• All of the papers accepted onto the conference will be arranged into panels of 3-5 students, organised by topic. On the day of the conference itself, you will have 10-15 minutes to present your research. After everyone has presented, there will be a Q&A period with the audience.
This will be a friendly, supportive opportunity to discuss your research with other students and your teachers. It is a celebration of your research, rather than a test, so please propose a paper and come along to see what other students have been up to all year!
We look forward to hearing from you and celebrating the end of the academic year at the conference.