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Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference




Donna Gotch, WSCA Second Vice President, invites submissions to the 15th Annual Undergraduate Scholars' Research Conference (USRC) on Friday, February 16, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. Undergraduate students are invited to submit papers reporting original research (e.g., critical investigation, experimentation, or analysis leading to the discovery or creation of new facts; theories or interpretation, or significant revisions of already existing facts; or the practical applications of these new or revised conclusions). Diverse philosophical, theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome.


The USRC is an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduate scholars and researchers to showcase their work and receive feedback from experienced scholars. Undergraduate students benefit from participating in the research conference by crafting and sharing a professional presentation, meeting other undergraduate scholars in the field, and learning about graduate studies in Communication. The conference concludes with an awards ceremony.

Submission Guidelines

All authors on the submitted papers must be undergraduate students at the time of submission and can not be  graduate students at the time of presentation. Students should not submit more than one paper for which they serve as the primary author. Coauthored papers are welcome. Submit: 1) a detachable title page (i.e., saved as a separate WORD document) with the paper title and contact information of all authors; and 2) the paper, including an abstract and references. Papers should be no more than 25 pages in length. All submissions should be Microsoft Word documents.

Students must submit the title page and separate paper by December 1, 2017. Please email your documents to Donna Gotch. All authors will be notified of paper acceptances by January 9, 2018.

Conference Registration

For those students whose papers are accepted, WSCA will provide complimentary registration to the rest of the WSCA Convention. The registration fee for the USRC is $15 for those presenting papers.


USRC 2018 Program

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