Undergraduate Forum

The Annual Convention annually features a separate Undergraduate Research Forum in the form of poster presentations.

Students are invited to give 3- to 5-minute presentations on their research followed by a networking event. This is an opportunity for aspiring scholars to discuss their research with peers, graduate students and faculty, and to be awarded prizes by NeMLA's various constituencies. Join us and vote for your favorite presentations and posters!

Undergraduate forum Boston 2020.


Call for Abstracts

Submit here or to the links below a 300-word abstract, a bibliography, and 100-word bio by November 15. Students can receive mentorship on writing and structuring their presentations.



Students should present clear and innovative arguments that put their unique insights in conversation with existing scholarship (secondary sources). In keeping with the conference theme, this forum explores how literary works, film, languages, and cultures influence and challenge traditional notions of space, identity, and history. Possible approaches include:

                •  Culture and the formation of identity (one culture or in a multicultural context)

                •  Relationship between language and identity

                •  Creation of new identities

                •  Literature and identity

                •  Gender, sexuality, and identity

                •  Evolution of identity over time

                •  Place and/or borders and identity

                •  Formation of community identity

Accepted students will be notified by early December and can receive mentorship on writing and structuring their presentations. For questions and further details, please contact Jennifer Mdurvwa at Undergradforum@nemla.org.

Why NeMLA?

Undergraduates accepted to present receive

  • full access to conference events and workshops
  • opportunties to network with professors, graduate students, and peers in your chosen field
  • the opportunity to win prizes

Registration is $75 for undergraduate students, and the membership fee is waived. Submit an abstract here by clicking on the session of interest. To register, create a username account or log into a preexisting account.

Networking Event

Following the Undergraduate Forum, please join us for an event allowing our undergraduate student members to network with faculty and graduate students in their field of study and to practice discussing their research and aspirations for graduate study in a professional setting.

Past Winners


Jennifer Mdurvwa, Undergradforum@nemla.org