Undergraduate Forum

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

Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Abstract Guidelines

We are seeking research proposals from undergraduate students like you for 3- to 5-minute oral presentations accompanied by poster presentations. Each presentation must have a clear, innovative argument that puts your unique insights in conversation with existing scholarship (secondary sources).

In your proposals, we encourage you to explore 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. Possible approaches 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

Please submit a 300-word abstract, a bibliography, and a 100-word bio by December 1, 2018. Accepted students will be notified by January 1, 2019, and will receive mentorship on writing and structuring their presentations. For more information, please email Jennifer Mdurvwa, arts-sciences@buffalo.edu.

Please consider sharing the flyer below with your students.

Why Attend NeMLA as an Undergraduate Student?

If accepted to present, you will receive full access to conference events and workshops, with opportunties to network with professors and scholars in your chosen field. You will also be invited to participate in a workshop on applying to graduate programs, where you can receive feedback on your application materials and speak with faculty and graduate students on admissions committees.

Students who submit a strong abstract with a unique research focus will be 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.  

Deadline: December 1, 2018

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