Graduate Student Conference


The Graduate Association of Political Scientists at USF invites proposals for its First Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference on April 12, 2013. This year’s conference title is “GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES.”

CONFERENCE THEME: Interdisciplinarity is an expanding intellectual enterprise and practice. The international academic community is faced with many conceptual and pragmatic challenges that require comprehensive cross-disciplinary solutions. The 2013 “Global Governance and Sustainable Communities Conference” is an avenue to explore these solutions. In keeping with the conference theme, the organizers enthusiastically encourage paper/poster/panel submissions from graduate students in ALL academic disciplines in the following areas, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: community-centered solutions to global educational, health, and environmental problems, public policy and international health, security cooperation, global anti-hegemonic discourses, sustainable urban planning, biosecurity, financial and political crises management, global disaster management and community displacement, migration, human rights issues, politics of globalization, globalization, energy, environmental sustainability, food security, health disparities, communications and learning, global business and economy ethics, economics, politics, and law.

If you would like to propose a panel with chair, please contact us at: Faculty are invited to volunteer as chair/commentators in their research areas.

AWARDS: Paper and poster awards will be given to the best papers and poster presentations. If you would like to be considered for the award, please see instructions below.

SUBMISSIONS: To be considered for conference presentations, the following documents should be sent to the program committee at by February 20, 2012:

Individual Panelists/Poster Presenters (competing for awards)

  • 200-word abstract describing paper or work to be presented
  • List of audio/visual needs, if applicable
  • Full paper due by April 1, 2013

Individual Panelists/Poster Presenters (not competing for awards)

  • 200-word abstract describing paper or work to be presented
  • List of audio/visual needs, if applicable


  • List of all panel members (4-5 per panel) with designated chairperson, if applicable
  • 200-word abstract that discusses the theme of the panel
  • 200-word abstract for each paper or work to be presented
  • List of audio/visual needs, if applicable

CONTACT: Selected panelists will be notified via email by March 5, 2013. Please contact with any questions.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: The conference will begin at 9:00 am on Friday, April 12 and run through the early evening reception for our paper and poster awards ceremony.

REGISTRATION: Registration is free.

RECEPTION: The Graduate Association of Political Scientists will host a closing reception free of charge to all conference participants and their guests.