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2018 Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference

Tuesday, November 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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by Donna Gotch, Second Vice President

Please encourage your students to submit their work to the 15th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference (USRC) held during the Western States Communication Association’s annual meeting in Santa Clara, CA on Friday, February 16, 2018.  The truth is, while it's student work, it often takes faculty encouragement from paper development to submission, and to presentation if accepted.

The USRC provides an opportunity for undergraduates 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 of the submitted papers must be undergraduate students at the time of the submission 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 document to Donna Gotch at 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.

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