Philosophy Student Events & Opportunities

Call for Papers

The 18th Annual

Midwestern Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Creighton University

April 15-16, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen Stohr of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. speaking on a topic in bioethics.

Submission Guidelines: Submissions from all interested undergraduates on any philosophical topic are welcome. Please limit submissions to one paper per student. Papers should be a maximum of 30 minutes reading time (approximately 10-12 pages double-spaced) and should include a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, address, school, email address, telephone number, and an abstract of about 150 words. All submissions should be suitable for blind review, so no identifying marks are to appear anywhere in the body of the paper itself. Papers will be blind reviewed by the officers of the Creighton University chapter of Phi Sigma Tau. Selected speakers will be notified on a rolling basis.

Deadline for receipt of papers: Saturday, March 5th, 2016

If you use postal mail, please be sure to mail your submission well in advance.

Submissions: Papers may be submitted either electronically or via US mail. Please e-mail electronic submissions in an attached file using MS Word or PDF format to with “MUPC Submission” in the subject line. Submissions made through postal mail should include a disk copy (in MS Word or PDF format) in addition to a paper copy and should be addressed to: Brandon Warrington, Phi Sigma Tau President, Philosophy Department - DHHC 104, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178.

Location: The conference will be held on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

For further information (including help with accommodations): Please contact Brandon Warrington by e-mail at



REU: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

Life in the Universe – Astronomy and Planetary Science at the SETI Institute

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016.

What is it?
Students will work with scientists at the SETI Institute and at the nearby NASA Ames Research Center on projects spanning the field of astrobiology from microbiology to planetary geology to observational astronomy.

Who should apply
Current Sophomore and Junior Undergraduate Students who are United States Citizens or Permanent Residents

Applications for summer 2016
Program dates:  June 12 - August 19, 2016.

Financial support
$5000 ($500/week for the 10 weeks of the program). 
In addition, participants will be provided with dorm housing. 
Travel reimbursement is up to $600 for travel from home or 
campus to the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Program
The SETI Institute (, a non-profit private scientific research institution located in California’s Silicon Valley, invites you to apply for a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program for highly motivated students interested in astrobiology research. You will work with scientists at the SETI Institute and at the nearby NASA Ames Research Center on projects spanning the field of astrobiology from microbiology to observational astronomy.

The program includes a week-long field trip to the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array, located at the Hat Creek Radio Astronomy Observatory in Northern California, as well as a field experience at hydrothermal systems at nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. Students will also participate in local field trips to places like the California Academy of Sciences and other nearby locations of scientific interest, and attend seminars, lectures, and discussions on astrobiology. You will live in dormitory housing near the campus of the NASA Ames Research Center and observatory facilities at Hat Creek. At the end of the summer you will give presentations on your research projects, and the best projects will be selected for submission to a national scientific conference, which the selected students will be funded to attend.

Two main research areas will be emphasized, with projects including:

  • Astronomy and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
    • Meteor showers and their parent comets
    • SETI and radio astronomy
    • Extrasolar planets
  • Planetary Science and the Search for Life in the Solar System
    • Asteroid dynamics 
    • Mars geomorphology and spectroscopy
    • Survival of microbes under extreme conditions

Be sure to read the 2016 Application Instructions and review the 2016 Mentors list before you apply.

For more information contact:
Dr. Jean Chiar
650-810-0233If you know a student who is thinking about graduate work in philosophy next year, you should know that there is still time to apply for Fall 2016 admission to the MA program in Philosophy at the University of Florida. The deadline for application with full consideration for funding is February 28, 2016

The University of Florida offers a two-year terminal MA program in Philosophy, including funding via Teaching Assistantships. These offer a yearly stipend of $13,750 with health insurance and a tuition waiver for a full-time load, enabling completion of the MA in two years. The program provides students with not only an excellent education but a supportive, active community of students, teachers, and scholars as well. Those who complete the program are well-placed to pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and our recent graduates have done well on this score. Of the seven MA degrees awarded over the last two years, five of those students were successfully placed into PhD programs with funding. More specifically, they were placed at: Arizona State University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California-Davis, University of Miami, and University of Missouri-Columbia.
For a flyer providing some basic information on the program including links on how to apply and get more detailed information, see
Students in the MA program work with a faculty boasting expertise in core areas of all major fields of philosophy. We have special strength in the history of philosophy, significant strength in the areas of philosophy of metaphysics and epistemology, and growing coverage of ethics and social and political philosophy. Faculty also cover areas sometimes neglected, such as Continental Philosophy, feminism, and philosophy of race.
All Teaching Assistants are provided with (shared) office space in the Department in order both to facilitate the teaching of undergraduates and to provide a sense of connection with the Department. Further, our graduate students regularly organize an annual spring conference, the Southeast Graduate Philosophy Conference (see Working on that conference helps acquaint MA students with the protocols of professional work in philosophy as well as a variety of student philosophers from around the country.
High quality teaching is especially valued at the Department at UF, and new Teaching Assistantships are provided with additional in-house training when they arrive. A standard TA assignment will include responsibility for three weekly discussion sections of about 20 students each under the supervision of the main instructor, who determines specific responsibilities regarding office hours and grading. First-year TAs assist in more elementary classes while second-year TAs usually have an opportunity to assist in more advanced classes.
The graduate curriculum is suited both for students who begin with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and those who have some significant philosophy experience but did not acquire a previous degree. The admissions committee especially looks for prospective students with a strong work ethic and an eagerness to contribute to our small but supportive community.
For questions, do not hesitate to contact the graduate coordinator at or the department chair at



Western Michigan University’s M.A. program in philosophy has consistently been recognized as one of the top 10 terminal M.A. programs in the country.  The orientation is broadly analytical, and our historical strengths have been ethical, epistemology, and philosophy of science.  Due to new hires, we have expanded our coverage to philosophy of language, metaphysics, and philosophy of mind.  

We’re currently seeking applications for fall 2016.  Our deadline for full consideration for funded positions is February 15.  If any of you has any students to suggest, please feel free to send names to either myself or my colleagues (cc:d above).  Or encourage students to get in touch with us directly; we really take seriously faculty engagement with students and are very available to talk to them.


Many thanks,



Fritz Allhoff, J.D, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy
Western Michigan University
(269) 387-4503