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Department of Political Science
University of Mississippi

Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Research Conference

2017 Mississippi Pi Sigma Alpha Conference for Undergraduate Research

Saturday, April 15, 2017                           

The University of Mississippi—Oxford, MS


Call for Papers

The Alpha Rho chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at The University of Mississippi is hosting the third annual Mississippi Pi Sigma Alpha Conference for Undergraduate Research on April 15th, 2017. All political science students are encouraged to participate, and it is not necessary for the student to be a Pi Sigma Alpha member to participate.

The purpose of this conference is to provide students with an opportunity to present their research findings in a professional setting. It is our hope that this conference will serve political science students and faculty as well as the institutions and Pi Sigma Alpha chapters they represent by:

  • Providing students an opportunity to gain experience in presenting their research in a conference environment;
  • Allowing students to receive helpful feedback from panel discussants on how to improve their current research and/or how to build upon their research;
  • Setting the stage for participating faculty and students to observe the caliber of undergraduate research being conducted across the state and use this information to further student research efforts/projects at their respective institutions; and
  • Promoting collaboration among students and faculty in areas of research presented at the conference.

Students are asked to upload an abstract of no more than 300 words that describes their central research question, a brief research design, and the current progress/stage of their research by Monday, March 13th. Students may submit any of their political science research (past, present, future) projects or papers for consideration – even if the project is still in progress (e.g. research designs).

Abstracts will be reviewed and grouped into appropriate panels for presentation on the day of the conference. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and presentation format no later than Monday, March 20th. Presenters will be provided with constructive feedback by a consortium of faculty members and graduate students familiar with the subject matter.

Costs & Travel

Conference participants pay no registration fee and are provided lunch on the day of the conference. Since participants will be traveling from various parts of the state we are offering travel stipends to help alleviate some of the costs incurred from participating in this conference. If you are interested in applying for a travel stipend please indicate as such when uploading your abstract.

We look forward to hosting this even and having a large turnout. If there is anything we can do to help facilitate your trip to Oxford, please do not hesitate to contact Faculty Advisor, Dr. Sue Ann Skipworth at or 662-915-5407.