Conference Call for Papers and Registration

Call for Papers

The Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs

Drake University

The Nelson Institute for Diplomacy and International Affairs hosted the fourth annual Nelson Undergraduate Conference on Global Affairs at Drake University, April 5-8, 2017. The purpose of the conference is to recognize and share high-quality undergraduate research related to international and global topics. Students from any major are invited to submit papers for consideration. Once a paper is accepted, the author will be invited to present his or her paper in summary form (i.e., 12-15 minute oral presentation) on a conference panel. (Panels will be composed of presentations on related topics.) In addition to the panel presentations, accepted papers will be posted on the conference web site. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top presenters as selected by faculty and other judges (more details to follow).

Papers should meet the following criteria:
-          Address an international/global theme or topic.
-          Include significant empirical content.
-          Cite all relevant sources appropriately.
-          Exceed 10 pages (double-spaced) in length.
-          Meet high standards with regard to academic quality and clarity of presentation.

How to submit if you are proposing a paper:
Submissions will be reviewed by the Director of the Nelson Institute and members of the Nelson Institute Advisory Group. The submission deadline is typically in early March. Students will be notified of the status of their submission by March 20. Please e-mail your paper submission to:

Students submitting papers must register for the conference as well.  Please check back in early 2018 for online registration information. 

Registration for non-presenters:
Students and faculty are welcome to attend the conference even if they are not presenting a paper. The registration deadline for those not submitting a paper is March 30.

Please direct questions to Denise Ganpat (

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