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.
For its inaugural year, the Macksey Symposium will be presenting a private speaking engagement for 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.
Undergraduates currently enrolled at any two- or four-year college, university, or community college are encouraged to apply. 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.