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Student Conferences

DePauw students regularly participate in student conferences, sharing their scholarly and creative work. A listing of conferences hosted at DePauw University and conference opportunities elsewhere are listed below.


Midstates Conference for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science and Mathematics

The quantity of student research at primarily undergraduate institutions in the midstates region is at a remarkable level and continues to climb. A number of institutions offer summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs and other institutions have other forms of sponsored summer research programs. These programs are above and beyond the one-on-one student/faculty collaborations that abound in departments throughout the region. With this level of research activity, there are surprisingly few venues where student-focused undergraduate research is featured. In computer science in particular, the model of research publication is to produce a paper and submit it for review at a national conference. Undergraduate research has a difficult time fitting this model because papers by undergraduates must compete against papers by faculty and graduate students from much larger research-centric institutions. The Midstates Conference for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science and Mathematics provides a venue to target this body of undergraduate research work in our region

Conference dates: November 18, 2017
Deadline to submit a paper: October 11, 2017
Conference website 

Undergraduate Research Conference on Science, Technology, Medicine and Society

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together undergraduate students from across North America who are investigating (1) how science, technology and medicine (STM) affect societies; (2) how societal values and concerns inform and constitute STM; and/or (3) the historical and/or conceptual foundations of STM. Given the fast-paced nature of advances in STM and their deepening penetration into personal lives, critical thinking about STM is essential in our time. We invite submissions addressing the above topics from students across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. We particularly encourage papers that transcend boundaries, whether disciplinary, spatial or temporal.

The 2018 conference keynote speaker is Dr. Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History, Early Modern Science, Iberian World and the Atlantic at the University of Texas, Austin.

Conference dates: March 9-11, 2018
Deadline to submit an abstract: December 15, 2017
Conference website

DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium 

Undergraduate students are thinking seriously about ethical decision-making both in the private and in the public sphere throughout their four years in college. At The Prindle Institute we try to foster an intellectual climate that encourages the best kind of inquiry about these ethical dilemmas. This encouragement of critical inquiry is evident in the work of the Prindle interns, in the multiple lectures, films, discussions and reading groups, but it is perhaps best exemplified in the Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, the signature event at The Prindle Institute. Since 2007-08, the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics has sponsored the DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium, building on the Institute’s focus on inquiry into a wide range of ethics issues.

The 2018 Symposium Theme is Representing Disability 

Conference dates: April 19-21, 2018
Deadline to submit an abstract: February 9, 2018
Conference website 

Undergraduate Honors Conference Sponsored by the Communication and Theatre Department

DePauw University’s National Undergraduate Honors Conference is designed to encourage undergraduate scholarship and facilitate the interaction between undergraduates and major scholars in communication and theatre.

This is a working conference emphasizing a mentoring relationship with our distinguished visiting professors. Students collaborate with guest professors in small-group seminars designed to refine and extend their ideas. This is an excellent opportunity for students thinking about graduate or professional education beyond their undergraduate experience.

Conference dates: April 20-22, 2017
Deadline to submit an abstract: January 9, 2017
Conference website


Annual Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference

The Clement S. Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference provides a forum for undergraduate scholars from across the upper Midwest in the Humanities and Social Sciences to present their projects and discuss the results of their research with fellow students and faculty mentors. The conference takes place at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Indiana. Please do not submit an abstract if you are not able to attend the conference.

Conference dates: April 7-8, 2017
Deadline to submit an abstract: February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: coming soon
Conference website

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Student presentations are welcome in all fields and disciplines from the creative and performing arts to biomedical, engineering, and social science research. The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is a wonderful opportunity to meet peers and faculty from around the country working in similar research fields, learn about how research and scholarship is conducted in fields very different than your own, to learn about graduate school and employment opportunities, and of course to develop your presentation skills. All abstracts and applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee from the host institution.

Students presenting at the National Conference will have the option of doing an oral or poster presentation. Should your abstract be accepted, you may register for the conference using the same login information.  Registration will open in mid January.

The 2017 conference will take place at the University of Memphis.

Conference dates: April 6-8, 2017
Deadline to submit an abstract: December 2, 2016
Registration deadline: February 19, 2017
Conference website

Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference

The Undergraduate Research Conference—the URC, as it’s known—provides students from around the country an opportunity to showcase their work. In addition to oral presentations, poster presentations, and art exhibitions, students can propose competitive papers and research roundtables. The conference is held at Butler University.

The 2017 Butler Undergraduate Research Conference theme is Civic Engagement: Advocacy and Agency for Empowering Communities.

Conference dates: April 7, 2017
Deadline to submit an abstract: February 15, 2017
Registration deadline: February 15, 2017
Conference website