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RCI Undergraduate Research Conference


…to the Roots of Contemporary Issues Annual Undergraduate Research Conference page. Held during the Fall semester of each academic year, the conference is a chance for students who have taken History 105 or 305 to present the results of their historical research projects to a broader audience.

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 six RCI students presented the fruits of their research in History 105/305 at the 2nd Annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 on the campus of North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

We are excited to announce the receipt of three awards by our student researcher-presenters:

2nd runner up: Cassandra Pellett, for “White Gold: The Origins of the African Ivory Trade”

1st runner up: Ace Cassidy, for “Shifting Perceptions of Gender and Crime in 19th Century British Law”

Best Overall: Carmen Hewlett, for “‘God is Weeping As Addicts are Massacred’: Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs in the Philippines”

Congrats to each of our presenters on a job well done!

In Spring 2018, seventeen Fall 2017 RCI students choose to develop projects further for presentation at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, held on April 2, 2018 on the Pullman Campus.

The conference is coordinated through the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program and the History Graduate Student Association. We welcome undergraduate projects that fall under one of the five organizing issues of History 105 and 305:

Humans and the Environment
The Roots of Inequality
Diverse Ways of Thinking
The Roots of Contemporary Conflicts

Submissions should primarily address one of the issues but are welcome to make connections across them. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: historical studies of the environment or environmental change; contemporary and historical globalizations (i.e. pandemics, cultural exchange, global capitalism); racial, class, or gender inequality, the origins or impacts of economic, social, or political ideologies and thoughts, or specific (armed or unarmed) conflicts over territory, resources, or ideas. We welcome submissions from all geographic regions and time periods as well as interdisciplinary approaches to these themes. For a list of past presentations, see previous conference programs for Spring 2016 and Fall 2016.

Accepted panelists will prepare a 10-15 minute presentation of their research, including visual elements. Undergraduate students will be paired with a graduate student or faculty mentor to help develop their presentation. WSU faculty and graduate students will also provide comments on the presentations and may moderate panels.

Undergraduate Conference Nomination

Faculty and teaching assistants may use this form to nominate History 105 and 305 students to apply for the annual Fall RCI Undergraduate Research Conference. Nominations are accepted any time, but note that conference organizers will send invitations to nominated students during the second week of Fall semester.
  • Example: Cultural History of Tobacco in China
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Helpful Links

2017 Conference Application

Conference FAQs

UC Davis Tips for Abstract Writing

Tips For Writing a CV

Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities