Graduate Immersion Conference


The Department of Political Science at The Ohio State University invites undergraduate students to apply to its Graduate Immersion Conference from September 27 - 28, 2019. Attendees will have the opportunity to showcase their original research, receive detailed feedback, and get a better understanding of the graduate student experience. The conference aims to give students belonging to groups historically underrepresented in academia a chance to learn more about graduate school at Ohio State. Accepted applicants will receive funding for domestic travel and meal costs.

Applicants must be undergraduate juniors or seniors at the date of the conference. The conference will place special emphasis on research being conducted by students from underrepresented groups in political science and in academia, including applicants who identify as women, LGBTQ+, first generation college students, people of color, etc.

Application Materials:
Applications are due by May 3, 2019 and must include:

  • Title & Abstract of an independent research project

  • A resumé (or CV)

  • College transcript or advising report

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from faculty

  • Completed Application Form

Application Details:
If you or someone you know seems like a good fit for this conference, please encourage them to apply. Applications are due by April 12, 2019. The following materials should be submitted on the application form:

College Transcript: An unofficial transcript or or advising report is acceptable, but make sure it is up to date and reflects grades from your last completed semester. This means you do not need to report grades from courses you are currently taking.

A resumé/CV: A resume or CV detailing academic and work experiences, awards, scholarships, etc.  

Title and abstract of an original research project: By original research, we expect that the work is an independent project that you are writing on your own, or with the supervision of an academic advisor. The paper should have a clear question or puzzle, make a novel argument, and support this claim with evidence. Literature reviews and whitepapers are therefore discouraged. For the application, all you need is the title and abstract, but it is expected that you will be able to circulate a completed paper at the conference (evidence can be preliminary). Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and include the following:

  • Introduction/Background

  • Methods

  • Results or expected results

You will also need a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member who can provide information about your academic performance and potential for success in graduate education or beyond. Letters should not be longer than one page.

The recommendation letter portal can be found here. The link should be sent directly to your letter writer.

Before beginning your application, we advise that you organize all of the above documents as there is no way to save your work on the application.

If you are ready to apply, click here! If you run into any issues accessing the form or submitting your application, please contact

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