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2012 Call For Papers 

(Undergraduate Students)

2012 Sarah Lawrence College Undergraduate Development Studies Conference


Next spring, the first-ever east coast undergraduate development studies conference will be held on Friday, April 20th, at Sarah Lawrence College. The day will provide undergraduate students with an opportunity to share their original research with peers from other institutions. The conference will also be a forum where students and academics can dialogue about the contemporary implications of development studies and development work. (Development Studies, as we are using it, refers broadly to the multidisciplinary incorporation of economics, politics, history, human rights, and gender studies. The term is typically used when referring to academic work that is concerned with developing countries.)

Submissions are being solicited in the following areas of study:

Economics - History - Politics - Anthropology - Sociology - Geography - Public/Global Health - and Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Competitive papers are fully completed research papers. Papers should not be longer than 30 pages, including references, tables, and figures. Papers should be formatted following APA or Chicago guidelines, and must include a title page that identifies the undergraduate student author, the area of study, an e-mail address and institutional affiliation, and the name and e-mail address of a professor or advisor who supervised the completion of the paper. 

Panel presentations, and a moderated discussion will then be organized for each field of study. These panels will feature 4-5 fully completed research papers for each discipline (economics, history, etc.) The moderated discussion will focus on a central theme within each discipline, and will be headed by a current Sarah Lawrence professor.

To be eligible to submit a paper, participants must:

1) Send an e-mail of interest to the conference coordinator (Meghan Roguschka, no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 15th, 2011.

2) Be enrolled as an undergraduate student for the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year.

3) Have completed the project (i.e., paper, panel, or poster) while enrolled as an undergraduate student.

4) Commit to attending the 2012 conference if the project is accepted for presentation.


Final spring submissions should be sent electronically to Meghan Roguschka ( as a Microsoft Word or PDF document. They must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. 

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