18th Claremont-UC Undergraduate Conference on the European Union

Date: April 2 and 3, 2020
Application Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2020 by 11:59PM (PST)
Location: Scripps College, Claremont California
Details: Accommodations, TravelParticipant Information, Program, Panels & Presentations, Guest Registration, 2019 Award Winners, Photos
Past Conferences: Conference Journal, Previous Agendas 
Publicity: Brochure, Poster

The European Union Center of California announces its 18th annual Claremont-University of California Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union. This is the oldest and largest academic conference in the United States dedicated to undergraduate research on European Union topics.

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.

Having completed individual projects, students from each participating institution and faculty  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 member. The public is welcome to attend these panel presentations with no registration required. If guests would like to attend either of the Keynote Speeches (dinner Thursday and lunch Friday), please fill out the guest registration form. Please note that the Thursday Keynote Dinner is only open to students and faculty of the Claremont Colleges.

This conference is hosted by the European Union Center of California, Scripps College. Special thanks go out to our co-sponsors and partners: The 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.

Topics and Paper Format

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. Final papers should be approximately 10-15 pages double spaced (not including references). Papers should not exceed 25 pages. Papers should be submitted using APA format (including tables, charts, figures, references, footnotes, and section titles).

Conference Format

Students will present and discuss their research in a panel format, each panel being composed of three to five student papers. Each presentation will last about 10-15 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.

Conference Journal

The Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference Journal is an open access journal and compiles outstanding research papers by undergraduate students presented at the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union. Typically 8-12 of the best papers are selected for publication by participating faculty discussants and the EU Center staff. Previous publications can be viewed via the digital version,  http://scholarship.claremont.edu/urceu/.


In addition to publication in the Conference Journal, the EU Center of California and some of its partner institutions will be offering awards for the top two papers with summer study tours to Europe.

Conference Fees and Travel Expenses

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.


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