Montana State University

Department of History and Philosophy

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172320
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-4395
Fax: (406) 994-7420
Location: Wilson Hall 2-155

Department Chair

Dr. David Cherry

Opportunities for Students


Annual Georgia Student Philosophy Symposium


Saturday February 8th, 2014
Keynote speaker: Professor Rebecca Kukla
Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University


Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines encouraged to submit their work on any philosophical topic.

PRIZES: Authors of the best graduate and undergraduate papers will each receive a prize of $100 worth of books of their choice.

Submission Requirements:  Papers must be prepared for blind review (i.e., no author-identifying information or notes in the body of the paper, only on the cover page).  Submissions must not exceed 3750 words (roughly 25 minutes reading time). When submitting, please include the following in the body of the email:

1.  Author’s name
2.  Paper/presentation title
3.  Brief abstract (~100 words describing topic discussed in paper)
4. Academic status (undergraduate/graduate), major, university affiliation
5. Regularly checked email address

Authors should email their submission as a Word or PDF attachment to:
mcaruso2 [at] student [dot] gsu [dot] edu

Deadline:  Papers must be received no later than 12 Noon, December 22st, 2013.  Notification of acceptance will be emailed by January 20th, 2014.

Official rules and further details available online at

For any questions (including queries from students traveling from outside the area who may need overnight accommodations) - contact
Maria Caruso at mcaruso2 (at) student (dot) gsu (dot) edu

Sponsored by the Zeta Chapter (Georgia) of FST; The Center for Ethics - Student Forum, and The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics – all at Georgia State University


Eastern Michigan University’s 4th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy


WHEN: March 8th and 9th, 2014

WHAT: The Eastern Michigan University Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy is now accepting papers for its conference to be held at EMU on Saturday and Sunday, March 8th and 9th, 2014. Papers selected for presentation will be allotted 20 minute presentation times, followed by “formal” comments and Q & A. All papers in philosophy, broadly construed, will be considered for the conference; since this is an undergraduate conference, no papers by professionals, graduate students, or others holding an advanced degree (in philosophy) will be considered.
Papers submitted for the conference should be 8-12 pages in length and include an abstract approximately 250 words in length.

The deadline for submission is January 10, 2014, and only completed papers accompanied by an abstract will be reviewed. We expect to announce the papers selected for presentation before the end of January.

We will also be using a “formal” commentator system; so, even if your paper is not selected for presentation, you may be considered for such a role. Please let us know, along with your paper submission, if you are willing to comment. This also means that all selected papers will receive formal feedback at the conference.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eric Stencil, Utah Valley University

Faculty Mentors: Last year we enjoyed having faculty attend in a purely support role. We strongly encourage students to bring faculty mentors to the conference. The dialog among professors, discussion of pedagogy, and expansion of mentoring opportunities for students, are among the desirable benefits of this conference.

Papers, abstracts, and questions should be submitted electronically to

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. W. John Koolage,
Publication Opportunity: The top (3 to 5) papers submitted will be published in the inaugural run of our new undergraduate philosophy journal!
Conference Website:


Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Forest Grove, Oregon


WHEN: Friday April 4 through Saturday April 5, 2014

WHERE: Pacific University — Forest Grove, Oregon

The Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is an annual, two-day conference held each spring, attracting students from across the country and internationally. Since 1997, more than 1200 students from 300 schools have participated in our conference. These students represent all 50 U.S. states as well as a number of Canadian provinces and several other countries. All of the participants are undergraduate students, with the exception of the annual keynote address by a renowned philosopher. Past keynote speakers have included Paul Churchland, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Hubert Dreyfus, Jerry Fodor, Alvin Plantinga, Cora Diamond, James Sterba, and Peter Kivy.

Keynote presentation: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University) "Are Psychopaths Responsible?"

The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers.

Submission Guidelines:
Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself. Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages).

Electronic submissions (as Word documents) are required and should be sent to: Submissions should include both the paper and an abstract (that is, a 100-200 word summary of the paper).

Submission deadline is February 1, 2014. Final decisions will be made no later than February 20, 2014.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 5 (2014) of the journal Res Cogitans <> .

Conference Schedule:
Friday, April 4 (
Registration and banquet will be in the UCC church, next to Pacific's campus)

  • Conference registration 4:00-6:00pm;
  • Conference banquet 6:00-7:30pm.

Saturday, April 5 (Meals will be in the UCC church; all student paper sessions will be in Marsh Hall)

  • Breakfast 7:00-8:00am;
  • Conference registration 8:00-9:00am;
  • Paper sessions 8:00-11:15am;
  • Keynote presentation 11:30am-1:00pm
  • Conference luncheon 1:00-2:00pm;
  • Paper sessions 2:00-6:45pm.

Phi Sigma Tau & Theta Alpha Kappa present:
The Fifth Annual Hoaglund Philosophy and Religious Studies Conference at Christopher Newport University


WHEN: April 5-6, 2014

WHERE: Christopher Newport University, VA

The Fifth Annual Hoaglund Conference at Christopher Newport University invites undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines to submit paper proposals addressing the topic, "ethical community engagement," broadly construed.

Abstract, Paper and Presentation Guidelines: Abstracts should provide an understanding of the main topics of the paper and should not exceed approximately 200 words in length. The recommended length of papers is 8-10 pages, double-spaced. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length including time for questions and answers.

Submission Protocol: Submit an abstract to  Please remember to include name, title and institutional affiliation. Deadline for receipt of abstracts: February 1st, 2014.  Full length papers must be sent in by March 15st, 2014. 

Midsouth Philosophy Conference


February 21-22, 2014


The thirty-eighth annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference is scheduled for Friday afternoon and Saturday, February 21-22, at Rhodes College in Memphis. Papers in any area are welcome. There will be a $60 registration fee, $40 for graduate students, payable by cash or check at the conference (but not by credit or debit card).

Ralph Ellis (Clark Atlanta University) will deliver the keynote address.

The Midsouth Philosophy Conference welcomes submissions from women and members of minority groups.

Papers must not exceed a length of 3000 words. On the first page of your paper, include the following eleven items:

(1) word count - 3000 words maximum!
(2) author's name
(3) academic status (professor, unaffiliated, graduate student)
(4) higest earned degree (PhD, MA, BA)
(5) institutional affiliation (if any)
(6) mailing address
(7) email address
(8) telephone number
(9) the paper's title
(10) and an abstract - 100 words maximum!
(11) will you need a smart classroom to present your paper?

Papers which do not include all eleven items will not be considered.
No more than one paper by the same author will be considered.
Title your paper like this: YourLastName_YourFirstName -- examples:

Submit your paper to

Papers must be submitted January 4.

Due to the size of the conference, we cannot accommodate special scheduling requests. You should submit a paper only if you can attend the entire conference.

Papers will be reviewed by a committee. Notification of acceptance will be made via email in January. Submissions whose authors cannot be contacted through email will be rejected.

Each paper will have a commentator. Persons whose papers are accepted are expected to serve as commentators if asked.
Others interested in commenting should email by January 4, stating their availability and areas of interest; graduate students who are not yet ABD are especially encourged to volunteer.

The conference will being with the keynote address at 1:30 Friday afternoon. The conference will conclude at 5:20 Saturday afternoon.


McNair Scholars Program at MSU

The McNair Scholars Program at MSU serves the needs of 25 undergraduate students annually who are either first-generation/low-income or minorities traditionally underrepresented (e.g. Native American, Latino, Alaskan Native, and African American). Eligible scholars are selected who have demonstrated strong academic potential and are committed to attending graduate school and pursuing an advanced degree.  A particular focus of the MSU McNair program is providing research/project opportunities and financial support for summer projects for each student who is paired with a faculty mentor.

For more information, click Here.


Undergraduate Scholars Program

The Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP) is dedicated to helping students pursue scholarly activities in all disciplines by providing funding to students who undertake an investigative or creative project in collaboration with a faculty mentor. We encourage you to put together a research project and submit a proposal. We look forward to having the opportunity to fund your work!

For more information, visit their website:

Application Deadline for Fall 2014: TBD


L&S Student Research Travel Grants

The College of Letters & Science is pleased to announce travel grants for both undergraduate and graduate L&S students to present original research at professional and academic conferences.

For more information, visit their website:

Application deadline for Spring 2014: January 21, 2014 by noon in the L&S Dean's Office for travel between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014.


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