Undergraduate Humanities Conference
Made possible by the Clara Cooper Endowment for the Humanities, the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Humanities Conference will be held in January 27-28, 2022 in the Marshall Student Center.
Apply now to present at the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Humanities Conference! Applications close on December 3. Decision emails will be sent no later than December 10.
Click below to view preparation resources and apply today!
Open to all USF undergraduate students, this conference is a platform to present midterm or final research projects in three formats:
Paper for Panel Discussion
The classic presentation method for most us.
Original works of fiction, poetry, visual art, etc.
Students provide a visual representation of their research to display.
The conference provides great experience for employment or graduate school. Support from HI staff is available to help students prepare.
frequently asked questions
Q. What format will the conference take?
A. We are planning to host the 2022 conference in-person at the USF Marshall Student Center on January 27-28. Rooms will be on the 3rd floor in the conference wing (3704, 3707, 3708). The conference will run from 9am-4pm both days with a lunch break. Food menu and lunch times TBA.
Free lunch is provided for conference participants. Please indicate in your application if you plan to eat lunch and note any dietary restrictions.
Q. Do I have to be a humanities major to participate?
A. No. All majors are welcome.
Q. Does my project need to be complete at the time of application?
A. No. An abstract is sufficient for the application, giving students plenty of time to complete their work before the conference. Students are encouraged to apply with existing midterm or final projects and research that may still be in progress during the Fall semester. By the time January comes, students will have a more developed or finished project to present.
Q. What goes into my biography?
A. The biography is a few sentences that describes your academics interests, course of study, and future plans. Please write your biography in 3rd person.
Example: "Jane is a National Merit Scholar student studying English and Sociology. She is involved in Club Volleyball and is president of the no name club. Jane plans to attend graduate school in North Dakota and get her research published in so and so journal."
Q. If I’m graduating in December, can I still participate?
Q. I’ve never participated in a conference before and am not sure if I should apply. How do I know if I’m ready?
A. You’re ready! Nearly everyone will be presenting their research for the first time, so you’re in good company. The Humanities Institute staff is here to help you plan and prepare if you need help. The conference is designed to be professional, but supportive and fun for new scholars.
"Having participated in the USF Humanities Conference for 2 years now I can honestly
say it is an incredible and worthwhile experience. This conference is special and unique for its ability to shine a light on research
that is both personally and professionally exploratory. What has been presented in
these conferences is not only research that opens new avenues of thought for each
field but much of the work challenges the audience to consider their own perspectives
and feelings regarding the subject matter being presented. This conference really reminds us to put the [human] of humanities back into everything
-Francesco Elias Little, Integrative Animal Biology
“Thank you so much for organizing the conference and creating a space for our undergraduates
to put their findings into a conversation mode.”
-Giovanna Benadusi, Professor of History
“This conference provides an incredible professional opportunity for undergraduate humanities students to showcase their research in an environment that encourages advancing your researching skills without intimidating new researchers. I'd recommend both participating and attending this conference, as a student who has greatly enjoyed doing both!”
-Angelica Johnson, English ‘22
video message from president currall
Former University of South Florida President, Dr. Steve Currall, gave opening remarks for the 2nd Annual Undergraduate Humanities Conference hosted online, January 28-29, 2021. View the special video message below. Thank you, Dr. Currall, for your support of the humanities!
Please direct any further questions or requests to Liz Kicak at firstname.lastname@example.org