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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 will be held on April 3-4, 2020, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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 inaugural year, the Macksey Symposium will be presenting a private speaking engagement for our conference participants with Pulitzer-winning author Anthony Doerr. The conference will include research presentations from up to 400 undergraduates, panels on topics such as graduate school admissions, and two catered banquets, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

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.

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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 SciencesMs. 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.

Therese Cordero DumitTherese Cordero Dumit
Undergraduate Office Assistant
Therese, born and raised in Santiago, Dominican Republic, is a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, and enjoys being in lab and listening to podcasts

Isabella CastilloIsabella Castillo
Undergraduate Office Assistant
Isabella is a Miami native double majoring in Psychology and French Studies.

Tcheneeca PlonquetTcheneeca Plonquet
Undergraduate Office Assistant
Born and raised in Haiti, Tcheneeca is majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Colt CrainColt Crain
Undergraduate Office Assistant
Born and raised in Louisiana, Colt is majoring in biomedical engineering and French.

Angelamarie MalkounAngelamarie Malkoun
Undergraduate Office Assistant
H. Lee Kanter Woodrow Wilson Fellow, DURA Recipient 2018-19, majoring in Writing Seminars and History, and voice minor at Peabody.

Andrew GausepohlAndrew Gausepohl
Undergraduate Office Assistant
Andrew is a molecular and cellular biology major.