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Undergraduate Student Conferences

All undergraduate student conferences are available to any Political Science major or minor. Request for applications are sent via email to students in the Fall and Winter terms.

U.S. Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC)

The Department of Political Science has received an invitation for the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference. This is an opportunity for the department to send some of our best students to represent the Political Science program at the University of Michigan at the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Maryland.

We are currently able to cover airfare, lodging and conference registration fees for selected student(s).

Previous Attendees:
2017: Hind Omar
2016: Samuel Corey

 

Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) Application

Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA)

The Department of Political Science has received its annual invitation for the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA). This is an opportunity for the department to send some of our best students to the SCUSA conference at West Point. The conference will be held November 4th-7th.

We are currently able to cover airfare and conference registration fees for up to two students.

Previous Attendee:
2016: Isabel McMullen

“It was exhilarating being in a room with so many intelligent people; I not only learned facts and perspectives but I feel as if I learned some new ways to think about issues. I also feel as if I gained some confidence. I walked into a room full of some of the best and brightest, some in full uniform, and held my own. I also gained greater appreciation for the military and its non-combative initiatives to improve lives across the globe. Finally, I gained some much-needed perspective and positivity. Our country is full of incredibly smart (non-racist, non-homophobic, non-misogynistic, non-xenophobic, etc.) people who will be and are the leaders and decision makers of the country.”

- Isabel McMullen

Air Force Academy Assembly

Convened annually since 1959, the Academy Assembly is an undergraduate-led conference held by the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and co-sponsored with The American Assembly. Cadets help organize and take part in a 3-day discussion of a major theme in American foreign policy, ranging from nuclear proliferation, to failed states, to energy dependence. Each year has a different theme/area of focus.

Previous Attendees:
2017: Madeline Hibbs-Magruder
2016: Kathryn Costello

Wheatley International Affairs Conference (WIAC)

The Department of Political Science annually receives an invitation for the Wheatley International Affairs Conference (WIAC). This is an opportunity for the department to send some of our best students to a conference on International Affairs. The conference has a different topic/area of research each year that the student must prepare for ahead of time.

Previous Attendees:
2016: Eni Mihilli

“Coming up with this project proposal was a very interesting and rewarding process. The group members that I worked with were wonderful, and our presentation got a lot of positive feedback… Our roundtable chair was a great teacher and mentor, and we all learned a lot from his experiences. Overall, this was a fantastic experience, and I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and grow at this conference.”

- Eni Mihilli

Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) was founded in 1939 and is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all areas of political science.

The purposes of the MPSA are to promote the professional study and teaching of political science, to facilitate communications between those engaged in such study, and to develop standards for and encourage research in theoretical and practical political problems.

The Department of Political Science offers to fund some of our majors and minors to attend MPSA as student presenters if their paper was accepted or to go as an attendee of the conference. This is a great opportunity that affords our students a first-hand look at research and presentations in the field.

Award Criteria: All Political Science majors and minors are welcome to apply for this award.

Award Amount: The department will cover the cost of conference registration, lodging and travel to/from Chicago.

Number Awarded: Up to two per year.

Deadline: Friday, March 9th

Midwest Political Science Association Conference Application