Undergraduate Research Papers and Panels
New York State Political Science Association
2017 Annual Conference
April 21-22, 2017
Nazareth College -- Rochester, NY
All undergraduate papers and panels must be submitted to the Undergraduate Section regardless of their subject area/topic. Undergraduate panels are separate from other panels and will only be comprised of undergraduate students. Below you will find guidelines for Undergraduate paper submissions and information regarding how papers and presentations will be evaluated by panel discussants. We have a very limited number of panels so please make sure you adhere to the guidelines.
When proposing a paper, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words. The abstract must describe the presentation's purpose, methods, data sources, existing literature and potential contributions to the field.
Faculty advisors proposing a full panel, please note that individual papers must be accepted (that is, we will require information on the individual papers before a panel proposal can be accepted). Additionally, all proposed panels must have a minimum of three papers and a maximum of five.
If you have suggestions for workshop topics or if would like to volunteer to help with a workshop, please contact Kat Slye, the Undergraduate Research Section Chair. (Kat Slye, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Undergraduate Paper Submission and Evaluation Guidelines
Listed below are the requirements for undergraduate submissions for the NYSPSA Annual Conference, expectations for the written paper, and an explanation of what panel discussants will be looking for in papers, as well as what types of feedback students can expect. Papers that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be accepted.
- Papers should be well researched, well written, edited, and polished;
- Papers should not be a first draft, however, they do not have to be 100% complete. This conference is a place to get feedback on a draft that is well written and edited even if not at the final stage.
- Papers can be an excerpt of your final thesis and should be no more than 20 pages, excluding cover page and references.
- Papers must be sent to the panel discussant no later than 10 days before the conference in order for the discussant to provide feedback. Papers submitted late will not receive feedback until after the conference.
- Papers should be submitted in the following manner:
- Cover page including: title of the paper, your name, institution, date, and the conference
- Content of the paper starts at the top of a separate page and should include:
- Literature Review
- Research question
- Research methods
- Results (optional)
- Double spaced (easier to read and comment on)
- 12pt Times New Roman
- Page numbers
- Reference page – starts at the top of the next page after your conclusion; should be APSA format (Chicago Style), unless you are writing for a class in which the professor required a different format
- Citations – use in text citations according to your reference format
Evaluation of Papers – panel discussants will read the papers and give feedback both after the presentation and written feedback (e-mailed or on a hard copy) after the conference (if students submitted their paper less than 10 days before the conference)
- All papers submitted to the conference must have been reviewed by a faculty sponsor/advisor before submission to the conference.
- The panel discussants are here to help students improve research but they are not here to replace a professor for a class or advisor for a senior thesis– while papers do have to be polished, they do not have to be 100% complete (you do not have to include a results section unless you have them. However, like the rest of the paper, what you submit must not be last minute addition and/or a first draft)
- You can expect feedback from your panel discussant on the following:
- Data – quality, sources, etc.
- Panel discussants will utilize the rubric below to evaluate your paper and give you feedback based upon the above criteria. A discussant will not provide grammatical or compositional feedback.
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