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Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference



Dr. Shawna Malvini-Redden, WSCA Second Vice President, invites submissions to the 18th Annual Undergraduate Scholars' Research Conference (USRC) on Friday, February 12, 2021 in Irvine, 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 scholarly and creative work and to receive feedback from experienced scholars in the field. 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.


We especially encourage undergraduate students to submit papers that fit the theme of the convention: Cultivate.



Submission Guidelines

Paper Submissions

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 but all coauthors must be undergraduate students.

Use this website to submit your work by going the Convention tab, use the second drop down item 2021 Submissions. Then click on SUBMIT/REVIEW PAPERS & PROPOSALS. Create a log in account and follow the submission steps. You will need a single PDF formatted file, which should include a title page without any identifying information, an abstract of no more than 200 words, the body of your paper, and references. Papers should be no more than 25 pages in total length. All submissions should be in Adobe PDF Formatted documents. Papers will be judged anonymously by expert reviewers for completeness, intellectual rigor, and overall quality. 

The deadline for submission is by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on December 1, 2020. All authors will be notified of paper acceptances by January 8, 2021.

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 each presenter.


Please contact Dr. Shawna Malvini-Redden, WSCA 2nd Vice President by email


USRC 2020 Program


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