Request for Proposals

The 2018 Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference (ESSJ) will take place on Friday, April 6th, and Saturday, April 7th, 2018, at Harvard College, Cambridge, MA.  In this fourth year of the conference, we will bring faculty and undergraduates together to celebrate the engaged scholarship, and reflective learning that is taking place on many college 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 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 new research in equity and social justice across multiple disciplines; and to inspire and be inspired by the next generation of scholars. In particular, we hope that this conference will encourage historically under-represented students to pursue careers in the academy.                                                                                                                                           

Undergraduates are invited to submit proposals to be selected to present their research at the conference as either individual presentations or as part of the poster presentation.  All methodological approaches and disciplines are welcomed, including projects that are comparative, international, or transnational. Research proposals that are field-based or use participatory research methodologies are encouraged. 

Please note that only independent research will be considered for individual presentations. Examples of independent research includes work done as part of a senior or graduating thesis, dissertation, or final capstone project. Independent research can include scholarship that is completed under the supervision of a faculty member. While research that is conducted with a group or team, cannot be considered for individual presentations, it may be considered for poster presentations. Students who are interested in a poster presentation should follow the same guidelines and submit a 450 word abstract

The proposal deadline is February 23, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.  Applicants will be notified of decisions on March 5, 2018.

Proposal guidelines

Please complete this form and submit your research abstract. We will not accept email submissions. The proposal should be a maximum of 450 words (1.5-2 pages) and must address all of the following elements:

    • Research question
    • Purpose of the study
    • Theoretical framework
    • Research methods
    • Preliminary findings or results
    • Conclusion, implications, and significance of the study

Abstracts should be double-spaced, 12-point font (Times New Roman) with one inch margins all around. Please put your name and institution at the top of the proposal.                         

Sponsored by the following offices of Harvard College: Phillips Brooks House: Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship; Office of Diversity & Inclusion; Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships; FAS Staff, Student and Faculty Standing Committee on Public Service and Campus Compact for Southern New England