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.
This Fall, we are taking the RCI conference on the road. We are excited to announce that the 2017 conference will be seamlessly integrated into the 2nd Annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 on the campus of North Idaho Collge in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
Students may also choose to develop projects further for presentation at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities held each Spring and/or to work with Roots of Contemporary Issues faculty to earn History 499 credit.
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 themes 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 themes 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.