Undergraduate Forum

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 1-6 PM

Gaylord National Resort, Bella Vista A

The 50th Anniversary Convention will feature NeMLA’s first ever Undergraduate Research Forum!

Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Undergraduate students will give 3- to 5-minute oral presentations accompanied by poster presentations. Each presentation must have a clear, innovative argument that puts unique insights in conversation with existing scholarship (secondary sources).

NeMLA seeks presentations that encourage exploring how literary works, languages, and cultures influence one another and challenge traditional notions of history, territory, and identity to recognize the complex processes of trans-culturation that characterize our lives. Approaches will include:

                •  Translation of works and ideas from one language to another

                •  Influence of one culture or nation on another

                •  Use of and engagement with earlier texts

                •  Movement of ideas from one region to another

                •  Evolution of thought and literature across different time periods

                •  Interaction of multiple cultures

                •  Combination of several artistic media

                •  Effects of modern technology on the movement of ideas between cultures

Accepted students receive mentorship on writing and structuring their presentations. 

Please consider sharing the flyer below with students.

Why Attend NeMLA as an Undergraduate Student?

Undergraduates accepted to present receive full access to conference events and workshops, with opportunties to network with professors and scholars in your chosen field. They will also be invited to participate in a workshop on applying to graduate programs, receiving feedback on application materials and speaking with faculty and graduate students on admissions committees.

Students who submit a strong abstract with a unique research focus are considered for funding to attend the conference. A panel of judges will also be awarding a $100 cash prize to the student with the most compelling research forum presentation. 

Register here. The registration fee is $50 for undergraduate students, and their membership fee is waived.  

Workshop: Applying to Graduate School

2:45-4:15 PM

This workshop will focus on how to prepare a successful application for graduate school and will also be open to MA students hoping to pursue a PhD. Topics will include:

  • components of a strong application
  • experiences you should build prior to applying
  • the difference between a resume and CV
  • how to write a strong statement of purpose/research abilities.

The workshop will also include faculty and/or PhD students who have served on graduate admissions committees to discuss what committees look for in a strong application.

We will also discuss expectations for graduate study, the value of a graduate degree, and what students need to know to be successful as graduate students.

Contact: Jennifer Mdurvwa, arts-sciences@buffalo.edu