The UMass Lowell Department of History encourages students taking upper-level courses in history to present their papers publicly at one of the spring conferences for student research, which take place annually in April. They include the following:
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The History Department at UMass Lowell strongly encourages all students to consider presenting research results in public. Below is a list of conferences suitable for student attendance or participation.
Phi Alpha Theta is a national history honor society that holds a national conference every year in January (at the AHA) and a regional conference every April, including one in New England. For more information, please visit: http://www.phialphatheta.org/ or contact the UML Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Theta (Prof. Chandler).
The UML History Club sponsors an informal conference every spring, in which all students are welcome to present their ideas and results. This is a great place to start working on your presentation skills and to see how the process works. For more information, contact the History Club faculty advisor, Prof. Michael Pierson (Michael_Pierson@uml.edu).
The Art History Club usually sponsors a small conference once each semester. Topics generally focus on Art History and include two to four panels.
The Gender Studies program began hosting its own conference ca. 2005. It is consciously interdisciplinary, drawing from History, English, Sociology, Psychology, etc. Students and faculty are both invited to participate. The conference traditionally meets in the Spring each year. For more information, contact the Gender Studies Director, Prof. Chad Montrie (email@example.com), or visit the Gender Studies website.
The Student Research Symposium at UMass Lowell is held every year in late April. Students in health, engineering, management, and sciences are invited to submit poster sessions for the event. Students in the humanities (including History) are invited to submit papers for panel presentations. Often 100+ students participate, so this is the largest event of its kind on campus.
This conference is targeted at Honors students but open to others too. Traditionally held at UMass Amherst in late April or early May, it is a prestigious opportunity to share your research with students from across Massachusetts.
Many other opportunities exist too, such as the New England Historical Association (NEHA) and the many specific historical organizations (e.g., Eighteenth-Century Studies, Renaissance Society of America, Organization of American Historians, etc.) which hold annual conferences at different times and locales.