Philosophy Student Events & Opportunities

Call for Papers
Eastern Michigan University’s 6th Annual Undergraduate Conference in Philosophy
March 5th and 6th, 2016

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 5th and 6th, 2016.  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 8, 2016, 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 commenter 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. Michelle Maiese, of Emmanuel College in Boston

Faculty Mentors:  We have 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 also be published in the upcoming edition of our undergraduate philosophy journal!

Conference Website:

*Papers submitted and/or presented at other conferences will be given equal consideration in our review process




Stance seeks original philosophical papers authored by current undergraduates.

Submission Guidelines:

Stance welcomes papers concerning any philosophical topic. Current undergraduates may submit a paper between 1500 and 3500 words in length (footnotes may extend the word limit 500 words at most). Stance asks that each undergraduate only submit one paper for the journal per year. Papers should avoid unnecessary technicality and strive to be accessible to the widest possible audience without sacrificing clarity or rigor. They are evaluated on the following criteria: depth of inquiry, quality of research/academic rigor, creativity, lucidity, struggle, significance, and, most importantly, originality.

Submission Procedures:

   Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format and sent as an attachment to

   Manuscripts should be double-spaced (including quotations, excerpts, and footnotes)

   The right margin should not be justified

   To facilitate our anonymous review process, submissions are to be prepared for anonymous review. Include a cover page with the author’s name, affiliation, title, and email address. Papers, including footnotes, should have no other identifying markers.

   Footnotes should follow Chicago Manual of Style. A style sheet with examples is available on our website under More about Stance – Information for Authors.

   Please use American spellings and punctuation, except when directly quoting a source that has followed British style.

For further concerns, please visit Stance on the web at or contact us at

DEADLINE: December 11, 2015



The Mudd Journal of Ethics 

The Inaugural Undergraduate Conference of The Mudd Journal of Ethics will be held at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, on Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th, 2016. 


The conference, which is supported by Washington and Lee’s Roger Mudd Center for Ethics, is the only open undergraduate conference in the United States solely dedicated to the academic study of ethical issues. Matthew Talbert, Chair of the West Virginia University Department of Philosophy, will deliver the keynote address on the evening of March 5th


All accepted speakers will not only have the opportunity to present their papers at the conference, but also to have them published in the inaugural edition of The Mudd Journal of Ethics, making this a truly unique opportunity. 


Submissions will be accepted from undergraduates of any university and from any discipline, provided that they meet the following criteria.


All papers must:

  • Make a normative ethical claim 
  • Include an abstract not exceeding 200 words
  • Contain no more than 3,000 words
  • Be prepared for blind review (please remove any identifying information from the text)
  • Contain citation information in Chicago Style with endnotes (note: papers of other formats may be submitted and accepted on a contingent basis that they will be altered by the author to Chicago Style upon acceptance)
  • Be submitted with the subject “Mudd Journal of Ethics Submission” by December 31st, 2015 to 

Additionally, all submissions must include a separate document, which contains the author’s name, institutional affiliation, graduation year, mailing address, email address, and telephone number. 


Papers will be blind-reviewed by our journal’s editorial team. Notification of acceptance to the journal and the conference will be made via email in late January. 


All presenters will have the option to stay overnight with a Washington and Lee student, or can book a hotel room from one of the many local hotels listed here.  Additionally, conference attendees will be provided with food for the duration of the conference. 


To learn more, visit the conference webpage at this link. Please also feel free to e-mail the editors at if you have any questions or concerns that you would like to clear up. Thank you!

Call for Papers

Annual Georgia State Student Philosophy Symposium
Friday January 22nd, 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor William G. Lycan, Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: “A Defense of Moral Facts”

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 valued at approximately $75 worth of books.

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 a separate 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:

Deadline: Papers must be received no later than 12 Noon, December 20th, 2015. Notification of acceptance will be emailed by January 5, 2016.

Official rules and further details:

For any questions (including queries from students traveling from outside the area who may need overnight accommodations) – contact Andrew Vierra: avierra1[at]student[dot]gsu[dot]edu

Sponsored by the Zeta Chapter (Georgia) of Phi Sigma Tau, The Center for Ethics – Student Forum, and The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics – all at Georgia State University [Atlanta, GA]