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Activities

Students in Philosophy participate in a number of extra-curricular disciplinary activities, including the Undergraduate Philosophy Club and the journal Meteorite, edited by Michigan undergraduates. Some are also involved in the Secular Student Alliance.

The Department also supports student travel to undergraduate conferences at other institutions with contributions to the Michigan Philosophy Strategic Fund. Undergraduates are also invited to pursue study abroad programs during their studies. More information on each of these activities is available below.

Philosophy Club

The Undergraduate Philosophy Club provides a forum for students interested in philosophy to meet one another and to talk with faculty members outside a classroom setting. The club meets throughout the academic year to discuss a wide range of topics. Faculty members are sometimes invited to talk to the group. You need not be a major or minor to join. If you wish to be added to the e-mail list, find Philosophy Club in the M-Community directory and join the group.

Secular Student Alliance

The Secular Student Alliance meets to discuss nonreligious approaches to various political, ethical, and scientific topics. Guest lecturers are also invited to speak on these topics. Members do not have to be majoring or minoring in philosophy, and they can also belong to faith communities. For information on upcoming events, please visit the club's Facebook page.

Phi Sigma Tau

Phi Sigma Tau is an international honor society which serves to award distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy, to promote student interest in research and advanced study in this field; to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit; to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in this field; to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public. Contact the Philosophy Department if you are interested in Phi Sigma Tau activities at Michigan or wish an application.

Meteorite—Undergraduate Journal

Meteorite is a journal of philosophy edited by undergraduates at the University of Michigan, providing an important student voice within the academy. Meteorite has an irregular publication schedule; since Fall 1998, five issues have been published (the most recent edition is from Spring 2019). Print copies are available in Tanner Philosophy Library and the University Libraries. Read the Meteorite online.

Conferences

The Department encourages undergraduates to participate in the philosophical community outside the University of Michigan. To support this endeavor, the Department helps defray the travel expenses of any undergraduate who presents an accepted paper at an undergraduate philosophy conference. To apply for travel funding, complete an on-line questionaire through M-Compass (Log in required). Contact phil-ug-coord@umich.edu with any questions or concerns.

Some notable conferences include the Midsouth, and the Pacific undergraduate conferences.

Calls for Papers/Submissions

Make sure that you note their submission deadline.

 

Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Conference

This year’s conference will be held at EMU on March 7th and 8th 2020. The deadline for the submission of papers is fast approaching! Paper submissions close on January 9th, 2020.  We actively encourage students with papers from any & all Philosophical areas of interest to submit. In addition, please feel free to circulate this CFP to anyone you think would be interested in submitting or attending.For more details don’t hesitate to contact us at EMUCIP@gmail.com or visit us at http://www.emuucip.com/.

 

Brown University Undergraduate Journal

A Priori: The Brown Journal of Philosophy is an undergraduate-run journal from Brown University now accepting submissions in all areas and traditions of philosophy.

The finest essays in all branches of philosophy, both traditional and non-traditional, share a common potential—to make their readers reconsider the scope and applicability of philosophical thinking. To achieve this ideal, today’s philosophy must embrace an inclusive and diverse array of world-views and topics. At A Priori, we firmly believe that philosophy papers of all backgrounds and traditions can take up this challenge, so we are accepting submissions of all kinds that approach pressing questions philosophically. We strongly encourage students who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field of philosophy to submit their work. Please send your best essays to a-priori@brown.edu by January 5th to be considered. Multiple submissions from the same author are acceptable. Submissions guidelines are as follows:

  • Between 5-20 pages double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Begin with a short abstract of five sentences or less. Include your full name, university, major and graduation year.
  • Follow with a Chicago style bibliography and corresponding footnotes.

 

 

 

Study Abroad

If you are interested in study abroad opportunities in Philosophy, plan early and talk with your advisor about your interest in studying abroad. For more information regarding costs, financial aid, applications, etc. contact the Center for Global and Intercultural Study.