Northeast Modern Language Association: Undergraduate Research Forum

NeMLA Northeast Modern Language Association.

This year, NeMLA will host its 6th Undergraduate Research Forum at its 55th convention. Undergraduate students are invited to submit an abstract by November 15!

Project description

The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) is a non-profit organization of teachers and scholars of literature, language, and culture, and the largest regional affiliate of the Modern Language Association (MLA). This year’s conference theme is SURPLUS, a keyword for critical and creative work that, in addition to the commonly associated meanings of profit and value, can be more broadly construed as excess or excessive, as surfeit, or what is leftover, or unwanted.

Possible approaches include:

  • SURPLUS as an excess of emotions (anger, fear, passion, desire)
  • SURPLUS as surplus time (leisure or its absence)
  • SURPLUS and identity formation
  • SURPLUS in our understanding of history
  • SURPLUS and its place in education
  • SURPLUS and the environment
  • SURPLUS as in populations rendered "surplus" (migrants, the marginalized, the unemployed, the incarcerated)
  • SURPLUS and the humanities as "surplus"
  • SURPLUS as surplus labor or labor as surplus

Please submit a 300-word abstract, a bibliography, and a 100-word bio by Nov. 15, 2023 through the NeMLA website. Accepted students can receive mentorship on writing and structuring their presentations. For questions and further details, please contact us at

This is an in-person conference scheduled at the Sheraton Boston in Boston, MA, March 7-10, 2024. Click here for more information:

Project outcome

Students participating in this project will learn how to present at a scholarly conference. Students will learn how to create a poster presentation and present a 3- to 5-minute oral presentation on their research. By attending the conference, students will have the opportunity to connect and network with faculty and graduate students in their field, and can attend sessions related to their research. Students can also attend workshops on how to prepare a strong application for graduate school, and learn how to navigate the job market once they've completed their studies.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment 0-2 months
Start time Fall (August/September)
Winter (December)
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In-Person Project
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Research Experience
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Core partners

  • Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

Project mentor

Carine Mardorossian

Professor, Department of Global Gender & Sexuality Studies; Executive Director, NeMLA

Phone: (716) 645-0711


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

Students are required to submit a 300-word abstract proposal, bibliography and 100-word bio by Nov. 15 to be considered for this project.

It is strongly recommended that students meet with a faculty mentor or a subject librarian prior to submission, but this is optional and not required.

If accepted to present, students should review both NeMLA's guidelines on poster presentations and ELN's poster tips and resources.



English, Literature, Writing, Gender/Sexuality Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, Media Studies, History, Linguistics