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Eldersveld Emerging Scholars Conference

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 various topics and methods reflecting 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 recent graduates who have not yet applied to graduate programs.

Applications will open in early August 2024.


  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 acceptable);
    • 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 to