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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. The inaugural conference was scheduled for early April 2020, but was forced to go virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the second conference will be virtual as well, and will be held April 24-25, 2021. 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 second year, the Macksey Symposium will be presenting a private virtual speaking engagement for our conference participants with Pulitzer-winning author Anthony Doerr. The conference will include research presentations from up to 400 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.

Symposium Staff

Natalie StrobachNatalie Strobach, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Research,
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Strobach directs the undergraduate research programs for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She is founder of the Humanities Collaboratory at Johns Hopkins, a summer research initiative for visiting community college and HBCU students, and a member of the Homewood Council on Inclusive Excellence. The creation of a national humanities symposium has been one of her long-time goals, and she is thrilled that Hopkins can be its home. She did her doctoral work in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California Davis, where she was a University of California Provost’s Fellow. She was also a postdoctoral researcher at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. A low-income and first-generation student herself, Dr. Strobach recognizes the access that undergraduate research can grant to a burgeoning scholar. As undergraduate researcher in the McNair Scholars Program, Dr. Strobach went on to work with two McNair programs, most recently directing the program at the University of Wisconsin, before coming to Johns Hopkins.

Lisa DoughertyLisa Dougherty
Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Ms. Dougherty comes to Johns Hopkins from Carnegie Mellon University where she was an Administrative Assistant and Course Coordinator for the Institute for Software Research. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and Masters in Criminology.