Undergraduate Conference on the EU


Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014

Scripps College, Claremont , California


 

About the Conference

The primary purpose of this conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations. In addition, the aim of the conference is to allow students with expertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the  issues relevant in Europe today, integrating the conference with the student’s curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations.

Having completed individual projects, students from each participating institution and faculty panel discussants will gather for an interactive conference focusing on European issues and student research. Students will present and discuss their research in a panel format, each panel being composed of three to five students. Each presentation  will be followed by questions and a discussion moderated by a faculty discussant. The conference will include a keynote address. At the conclusion of the conference, faculty participants will nominate and select the “best papers” of the conference. Selected papers will be published in a special volume of conference proceedings. In addition, the EU Center of California and its partner  institutions will be offering awards for top papers with study tours to Europe over the summer.


Topics

Students may pursue a wide range of topics that reflect their interest, expertise, and past research. Topics may deal with any aspect of European integration or transatlantic relations. Papers can be about the EU, a particular country within the EU, or the EU’s relationship with outside countries.


Format

Students will present and discuss their research in a panel format, each panel being composed of three or four student papers. Each presentation will last about 10-12 minutes followed by questions and a discussion moderated by a faculty member. The conference will include a keynote address. At the conclusion of the conference, faculty participants will nominate and select the “best papers” of the conference. Selected papers will be published in a special volume of conference proceedings.


Awards

In addition, the EU Center of California and some of its partner institutions will be offering awards for the top papers with study tours to Europe over the summer. More information TBA.


Conference Fees and Travel Expenses

University of California (UC) and Claremont Colleges students:
Conference fees TBD. All approved travel related expenses for accepted University of California students (coach-fare air travel, shuttle, hotel room for 2 nights, conference meals) will be coordinated and paid for or reimbursed by the European Union Center of California.

All Other Campuses:
Conference fees TBD. The Center will cover hotel room for 2 nights and conference meals for accepted participants. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel.


Papers with Multiple Authors

Papers with more than one author may be submitted to the conference. The Center will fully cover hotel room for 2 nights and conference meals for up to two authors per paper. Each additional author must pay a fee of $100 towards their hotel and meals. Upon acceptance, please send a check made payable to Scripps College and mail to: European Union Center of California, Scripps College, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, California 91711. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel.


Co-sponsors

Institute of European Studies at the University of California at Berkeley; European Union Center of Excellence at UC Berkeley; Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley; BYU Center for the Study of Europe, the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU, European Union Center of Excellence of Seattle at the University of Washington, and Colorado European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Contact

Please contact us at (909) 607-8103 or eucenter@scrippscollege.edu with any questions you may have regarding the conference.