Spring 2013 Call For Papers

Spring Conference date: Friday, March 29, 2013


Call for Proposals: UNC undergraduates are invited to submit individual proposals of 300-600 words each for a research project that would be of interest to a diverse academic community. 

In coordination with our publishing efforts, the People, Ideas, and Things Journal will host a fall conference designed to give students with emerging ideas a chance to share their work with a group of peers and faculty, get feedback, and gain valuable experience presenting at an academic conference.

When professional scholars attend conferences they learn about what their colleagues are working on and present their own ideas about their current projects. This exchange of ideas is an essential part of how scholars produce knowledge that becomes published research. In the spirit of this tradition, presenters at the “Works in Progress” Conference will offer a glimpse of some of the exciting ideas circulating among UNC undergraduates representing potential pieces for publication in the next issue of The PIT Journal.

Whether they are conducting scientific experiments in laboratories, engaging in civic discourse, debating policy in seminars, or writing about classic works of literature, Carolina students engage with their community and culture by exploring people, ideas, and things.

UNC undergraduates are invited to submit a proposal that
1) introduces a current research project
2) identifies the purpose or goal for the project, and
3) describes how the project would be completed and presented at the conference if accepted.

We are looking for projects that are clearly situated in a particular field of study and that interrogate current issues or problems being debated or discussed by scholars in that field. The aim of this undergraduate conference is to provide UNC students with an opportunity to join an interdisciplinary academic community and to come together as scholars.  

Students whose proposals are accepted will be invited to present a 6 to 10 minute conference paper at the Spring 2013 PIT “Works in Progress” Conference to be held on Friday, March 29, 2013.

Proposals of 300-600 words are due Friday, February 1, 2013. 

Online peer review and workshop will take place from February 1 until Februaru 8, 2013.

All submitters are encouraged to post comments on other proposals and to respond thoughtfully to comments from reviewers. Active participation in the online peer review and workshop period is a factor reviewers consider when selecting proposals for the conference.

* Students may revise and update proposals any time until 11:59 p.m. on February 15 *