Undergraduate Research Conferences and Journals

Undergraduate students in English and humanities have multiple opportunities to present work at local, regional, or national conferences and symposia, or to publish in undergraduate research journals. I’ve collected a few possible venues below; if you know of others, please send them to me, and I’ll add them to the list.

If you are interested in proposing a conference presentation or submitting to a journal, I strongly recommend talking to at least one professor first–preferably the one for whom you did the work you’ll be submitting. Papers you wrote for class will need to be revised to appeal to your new audience, purpose, and format. You’ll also want to get advice on how the submission process works, how to find a suitable outlet, what you need to send (and not send), and how to write a submission that’s likely to succeed.

Local

GRU Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference (annual, in March)

GRU Women’s Studies Symposium (biennial, in March; 2015 is the next one)

CURS Brown Bag Series (several times each semester; two presentations at each session)

Regional

Coker College Humanities UnderGraduate Conference (annual, in February; at Coker College in South Carolina)

South Carolina Emerging Scholars Conference (annual; at USC Lancaster)

National

Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society Convention (annual, held in spring; location varies–2014 is in Savannah)

  • Sigma Tau Delta also maintains a listing of upcoming regional conferences here

National Undergraduate Literature Conference (annual; at Weber State University in Utah)

National Undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing Conference (annual; at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania)

Butler Undergraduate Research Conference (annual, held in Spring; at Butler University in Indianapolis)

Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (annual, held in late fall; rotates among campuses in the Los Angeles area)

Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (annual in December; at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

Literature and Linguistics Undergraduate Colloquium (annual; at Gordon College in Massachusetts)

Journals

The following journals publish undergraduate research in literature and the humanities. Read a few of their recent articles to see if the journal is a good fit for your research, both in subject and style, and then carefully review their submission guidelines before preparing your manuscript for submission. Circulate your manuscript draft among your peers and at least one professor for feedback before you send it off.

Sigma Tau Delta Review: Published annually (see also the Rectangle for creative writing)

Apollon eJournal: Published by students at Berea College

NeoAmericanist: Published at the University of Western Ontario; interdisciplinary American studies journal that publishes undergraduate and graduate students’ research, as well as book reviews.

LURe: Published at University of West Georgia; several current and former GRU English majors have published here

Valley Humanities Review: Published at Lehigh Valley College

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