The Undergraduate Research Symposium is a faculty-wide annual event, which took off in the summer term of 2015. Inspired by a similar event at the University of Pittsburgh, where the URS has been taking place for over 10 years, this is a research competition for undergraduate students designed to stimulate academic writing and develop students’ presentation skills. The competition is open to all undergraduate students from the Innsbruck School of Political Science and Sociology who have written a research paper focusing on any issue of political or socio-economic relevance. Students are required, in consultation with the professor in whose class they wrote the paper, to submit a 250-300 word abstract and a draft of the entire paper by TBA (date will be announced later but it will be in late summer semester 2016). Papers should be between 5000 – 8000 words in length. The preferred language of submission is English, although papers written in German will also be accepted. Submissions should be made to the secretariat of the Institute of Political Science with a special subject stating that this is a submission for the Undergraduate Research Symposium 2016.
After the submission deadline, a judging panel of faculty members of both departments and a student representative will evaluate all submissions and select the best entries. Selected students will be notified and invited to present their papers at the Undergraduate Research Symposium to take place on date TBA. If they wish, selected students can revise and polish their papers and submit a final version by TBA. After the presentations, based on the scores each paper receives by the judging panel, a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards will be given.
The competition will take place on ‘date to be announced’, 2016 at the Fakultätssitzungssaal, Sowi, 3. Stock Ost.
How to submit your paper:
If you would like to participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, please fill out and send the application form, your abstract, and your paper, in ONE pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please name the file using this format: LastnameFirstname.pdf.
If you are interested in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, but you missed it last year, you can download the program of the event which we hosted below. We hope you take part this summer semester!