About

The Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium is an annual symposium hosting students from across the nation interested in presenting their scholarship. It is the first conference of its kind: there has been no other national platform for undergraduates in the humanities to share their work. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has been held virtually. The third annual Macksey Symposium will likewise be held virtually, April 8th-10th. We are currently accepting applications.

Johns Hopkins University has long been a hub of humanities research and innovation. We are proud to welcome students from across the country to become a part of this rich history.

For its third year, the Macksey Symposium will be presenting a private virtual speaking engagement for our conference participants. This year, we welcome award-winning poet Elisabet Velasquez, author of the recently released When We Make It, as our keynote speaker. The conference will include research presentations from up to 600 undergraduates, and the opportunity to submit a paper to the Macksey Journal, where it will be peer-reviewed with one-on-one editing help.

We welcome applications from undergraduates currently enrolled at any two- or four-year college, university, or community college. Conference presentations will be a maximum of ten minutes long and can consist of reading a paper (approximately 1,200-1,500 words), presenting a PowerPoint slideshow, reciting an original piece of creative writing or poetry, or even showing an original short film. We are excited to showcase undergraduate students’ undergraduate research across the humanities and in a variety of formats.


Symposium Staff

Erin Rowe
Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Julie Lirot, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences