Main Logo for Providence College
Site Home> Undergraduate Research Conference on Health and Society

Undergraduate Research Conference on Health and Society

Call for Papers!

Attention undergraduate researchers and writers! Submit a 200-word abstract of your project to be considered for inclusion in the 11th Annual Providence College Undergraduate Research Conference on Health and Society. This is a great opportunity for advanced undergraduates who are engaged in significant research or writing projects. This interdisciplinary conference welcomes paper proposals from all areas of inquiry that address topics related to health, health care, or health policy, including Anthropology, Biomedical Ethics, Community Health, Economics, Health Care Management, Health Policy, History, Literature, Political Science, Public Health, and Sociology. Abstracts are peer reviewed on a competitive basis by a joint student-faculty selection committee. Accepted participants orally present their research on a panel moderated by a discussant. Additionally, all participants will have the opportunity to publish their work through PC’s Digital Commons. Examples of papers from past conferences can be viewed in the Digital Commons. Abstracts can be submitted via Google Form by February 15, 2020.

About the Conference

Our annual conference provides students and faculty at PC with an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of organizing an academic conference. Each year, PC students participate as full partners in peer reviewing paper proposals. Students also develop hands-on experience in event planning, as student workers coordinate food, hospitality, registration, and host dozens of attendees from colleges and universities throughout the region. Since 2011, funding for this initiative has been provided through the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Canavan Family Endowment. We are deeply indebted to the Canavan family for their continued support, which fosters a lively debate about health policy and medical ethics at PC.

In recent years, the conference has attracted a range of students from colleges and universities across the nation. Conference panels featured presentations by students from Providence College, Brandeis, Brown, UCLA, Connecticut College, University of Houston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, University of New Hampshire, Sarah Lawrence, Stonehill, Tufts, and Yale. Presenters will have the opportunity to meet dozens of students with similar interests and to hear a variety of papers on historical and contemporary issues in health care.

Digital Publishing

An online repository of student presentations from past conferences can be found at the PC Library’s Digital Commons site. Papers are organized by panel topic. Each year, we will add student papers to this site, providing students with the ability to share their work with a wider audience beyond those in attendance at the conference. Presenters interested in publishing their papers online should contact Elizabeth Tietjen, the College’s Digital Publishing Services Coordinator.

Traveling to Providence

Providence is easily accessible by air, rail, or car. Thanks to the generous support of the Canavan Family Fund, we are able to offer a limited number of travel stipends to presenters visiting Providence from outside of New England. If you are interested in applying for travel support, please email the conference coordinator. Click here for Maps and Directions.


All presenters will receive link to a Google Forms registration form via email. Please respond at your earliest convenience so that we can finalize panel listings. The registration fee for the conference is $20 for presenters and $10 for non-presenters (non-presenters only need to register if they choose to attend the conference luncheon; admission to all conference presentations is free for students, friends, and family members. Registration will be held in the Ruane Center for the Humanities beginning at 8:00am on the day of the conference. A brunch buffet and catered lunch will be served in Ruane for all conference participants. Students or faculty interested in attending the conference should email the conference coordinator to register.