Academic Conferences for Undergraduates

Academic conferences are a fact of life for graduate students and faculty, but there are plenty of opportunities for undergraduates, too — especially if you’re considering a career in academia. Many conferences feature special rates or events for undergraduates, and there are also conferences intended primarily for undergraduate attendees and presenters. Two such conferences came to my inbox recently.

What other conferences for undergraduates do you recommend? Leave details in the comments or email them to me, and I’ll update this post with additional opportunities.

March 1−2: Spring Paideia and University Honors Annual Conference (Dallas Baptist University)

Philosopher and author David K. Naugle has been organizing this conference for many years, and his program at DBU has a strong reputation for sending students on to graduate studies. (See my 2010 interview with Dr. Naugle for more information.) This year’s speaker is Gideon Strauss, executive director of the Max DePree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary.

For more information, visit Dr. Naugle’s faculty page at DBU.

April 12−13: Joint Undergraduate Philosophy Conference (Calvin College and Grand Valley State University)

Calvin College has hosted an undergraduate philosophy conference since 2010, and this year is co-hosting the conference with Grand Valley State University. The featured speaker is Dr. Gary Gutting of the University of Notre Dame, speaking on the topic “Religion, Atheism and Agnosticism.”

The conference has issued a call for papers from undergraduate philosophy students. The deadline to submit papers is March 3.


Let us know about other undergraduate conferences in the comments or by email. I’ll update this post as receive details.

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The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.

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