ESSJ Undergraduate Research Conference


Moon Duchin

This year we are pleased to welcome Professor Moon Duchin, Associatie Professor of Mathematics at Tufts University whose innovative approach to using group geometry is transforming how the effects of gerrymandering on our political processes are mitigated . Dr. Duchin is an inter-disciplinary scholar, who uses history, philosophy, math and science to address critical social issues.  We look forward to having Dr. Duchin celebrate engaged scholarship  at the conference this year. 

The Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergradaute Research Conference will be held on April 4th & 5th, 2019 at the to hear from undergraduate scholars from across the country.  The conference will be held at Harvard College, Cambridge, MA 02138.  To register for the conference: follow thsi link: 2019 Conference Registation

History of the conference

Since 2015, this conference led by the Phillps Brooks House: Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship and Office of Diversity, Education & Support at Harvard College, in collaboration with the Undergraduate Office of Research and Fellowships, has welcomed undergraduate students from private and public institutions across the nation. With each year of this conference, we continue to be impressed with the rigor and depth of the research undertaken by undergraduate scholars from across the country.  

Purpose statement

This conference seeks to bring staff, faculty and undergraduates together to celebrate the engaged scholarship, and reflective learning that is taking place on our campuses. The purpose of this conference is:

  • to honor scholarship which focuses on challenges facing society with regard to equity and inclusion and historically marginalized and under-represented communities;
  • to illuminate community-engaged research which reflects qualities of reciprocity and mutuality in the co-creation of scholarship, in addition to being transdisciplinary and inclusive of knowledge from outside the academy.  
  • to provide undergraduate researchers an opportunity to engage in academic discourse and research dissemination

For student scholars, this is an opportunity to engage in academic dialogue with peers and faculty mentors. For faculty, this conference presents an opportunity to explore about how other disciplines conduct research that creates new knowledge and understanding about equity and social justice and to be inspired by the next generation of scholars.

In particular, we hope that this conference will encourage historically under-repre  sented students to pursue careers in the academy.

Videos of the 2018 conference

Videos of the 2018 conference can be found here