ESSJ Undergraduate Research Conference

 

 

The Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergradaute Research Conference will be held on April 9th & 10th, 2020 at Harvard College, Cambridge, MA 02138.  Registration for the conference will open in December and the request for proposals will be released in December. 

Over the last five years, we have welcomed over 100 undergraduates from across the nation to present research that amplifies historically muted voices to address issues of equity and justice. The conference has become an opportunity for both faculty and undergraduates interested in community engaged scholarship in the academy to come together as a community of established and emerging scholars. Since 2015, we have welcomed faculty from Boston University, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and University of Massachusetts-Boston and Harvard University to present their own research on diversity in biology, impact of systemic racism on our political, prison and law enforcement systems and our understanding of public health and to mentor undergraduate scholars. We look forward to hearing from a new generation of scholars in April 2020.  The 2020 Faculty Panel and Keynote will be announced shortly. 

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