Presenting Research

Scholarship is meant to be shared. By presenting their research, students learn oral presentation skills and build confidence.  Attending conferences allows students to hear about cutting-edge research and grow their professional networks. 

Students who wish to present their research have several opportunities to do so. Many students present the results of research conducted as independent studies, honors, or the A&S summer research fellowship at the annual A&S Student Research Symposium .

Students have also presented their research at the annual conferences of one of the many regional and national political science associations. These include:

American Political Science Association: Late August 31-Early September
Association for Political Theory: Late October
Northeast Political Science Association: Early to Mid-November
Pacific Northwestern Political Science Association: Mid-November
Southern Political Science Association: Mid-January
North by Northwest Political Science Association: Late February
International Studies Association: Mid-March
Southwest Political Science Association: Late March 30-Early April
Western Political Science Association: Early April
Midwest Political Science Association: Early April
New England Political Science Association: Late April
Policy History Conference: Late May-Early June
Law and Society Association: Early June

In addition, conferences that feature exclusively the work of undergraduates include:

Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference: Mid-February
Virginia Social Science Association: Late March
SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium: Late April

The school of A&S provides financial support to students who wish to travel to conferences to present their scholarship. The Department of Political Science will also fund students who would like to attend professional disciplinary conferences but are not presenting papers.