The Eldersveld Emerging Scholars Conference enables undergraduate students to
discuss their research -- whether completed or in progress -- in a scholarly
(but low-pressure) setting that exposes them to the world of professional, academic
exchange. At past conferences, students presented on a wide range of topics and
methods that reflect early forays into original social science scholarship. The
name of the conference commemorates the career of longtime former UM faculty
member and departmental chair, Samuel Eldersveld, who embodied the values
animating this event.
We welcome interest from current undergraduates as well as those who recently
graduated but who have not yet applied to graduate programs.
Applications are due Monday, September 12 at 8am EST. We request the following materials:
(1) completion of the brief online application form, including a brief
statement on how the applicant would bring novel or underrepresented
perspectives to political science; and uploading the following:
- a transcript (an unofficial copy is fine);
- title and abstract of the research project the student plans to discuss;
- a brief writing sample.
(2) a letter of endorsement from the student’s faculty advisor that speaks both to
the student’s promise for doctoral study and how the student will strengthen
the diversity of the field. This letter may be submitted separately via email
More details can be found in our Call for Application!