Call for Papers

11th Annual MadRush Conference

Saturday, March 21, 2020 (9:30am-3:30pm)

James Madison University/Harrisonburg, VA

The 11th Annual MadRush Undergraduate Research Conference seeks undergraduate research and/or creative works in written, poster or web-based formats from any Humanities or Social Science discipline. 

How to apply:  Interested students should submit a 100-150 word email abstract of their project or presentation to madrush@jmu.edu no later than 5:00 PM Monday, February 10, 2020.  Abstracts should be Word files and should include author, academic major, institution, title of presentation.  We welcome submission of panel sessions on related paper topics.

Presentation Format—Students selected for the conference will be notified by email in mid-February.  Presenters are responsible for expenses incurred in attending the conference. 

Conference fees—$25 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

MadRush Best Paper Prizes/Publication in MadRush Undergraduate Research Journal--Students who have been accepted to present at the conference may submit their completed project for publication consideration in our undergraduate journal (MadRush Undergraduate Research Journal).  A group of faculty referees will select papers for publication.

The top three papers will receive monetary prizes—1st place--$100; 2nd place--$75; 3rd place--$50. The submission deadline for publication and prize consideration will be in late February.  Winners will be announced at the end of the conference.

To get an idea what the conference is like, take a look at these past MadRush Undergraduate Research Conference programs.

Proceedings of past MadRush Undergraduate Research Conferences 

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