German Studies

German Undergraduate Research Conference

Call for Papers

6 th-Annual
German Undergraduate Research Conference
at Illinois Wesleyan University


Relevant Information:

Conference Dates: 31 March – 1 April 2017

Submission Deadline: 13 February 2017

Language of Conference: German

Conference Website:

The German Program at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL will host its 6th-Annual German Undergraduate Research Conference during the spring semester of 2017. The purpose of this conference is to provide an outlet for students from any field of research engaging with any area of German Studies to present their research to their peers and to receive feedback in an academic setting. Since this conference is open to all advanced-level undergraduate students enrolled in any university in North America, it will afford those attending not only an excellent opportunity to network with others researching in the field, but also to discuss their own academic and study abroad experiences with students from different universities and academic backgrounds. Presenting at this conference will provide students with valuable communication experience that will be relevant to any field of post-graduation work or study being considered.

IWU’s German Undergraduate Research Conference will take place on
Friday & Saturday, 31 March – 1 April 2017

There are two possible presentation formats at GURC: participation in a poster session or a 15-minute oral paper presentation. Poster presentations consist of a standard-sized poster highlighting the key aspects of the research on the topic at hand and outlining the conclusions reached. Presenters stand by their posters and answer questions about their research. Paper presenters will be grouped into panels by topic. Presentations will be followed by discussion. While any participant may present a poster, freshmen and sophomores with pre-advanced (at least 5th semester) German skills are especially encouraged to apply to present posters.

Advanced-level undergraduates researching an original thesis in any area of German Studies are invited to present their work. The language of this conference is German; the abstract should be submitted in German and papers and posters will be presented in German. All presenters, regardless of presentation format, will have the opportunity to have their work published through IWU’s Digital Commons online archive of scholarly work.



Keynote Speaker:  

Dr. Christiane Steckenbiller, Colorado College
“Immer bunter: Willkommenskultur, Einwanderungsland und koloniales Vermächtnis”


There is no registration fee; on-campus housing (with student hosts) and most meals are provided. Travel grants for presenters are available; information on how to apply will be disseminated to all presenters.


Conference programs from previous years may also be accessed from this website.

Please direct any questions or send a 300-word abstract (in German) together with contact information, university/college affiliation, name of faculty sponsor, presentation format preference, and AV requests by 13 February 2017 to

Adam Woodis (
Illinois Wesleyan University
Conference Programs
2017 Conference Program
2016 Conference Program
2015 Conference Program
2014 Conference Program
2013 Conference Program
2012 Conference Program


Student Travel Grant 

The German Undergraduate Conference at Illinois Wesleyan University has received funding to provide partial travel reimbursement of up to $200 to a small number of conference participants presenting their research at the conference. Innovative quality of abstract and overall contribution to the field of German Studies at the undergraduate level will be among the considerations when awarding funds.

To apply for funding, please provide the following:

  1. A rationale explaining why you need funding and how it would be allocated if you were to receive an award. Please include in this statement whether any application for funding was submitted to your home institution and whether it was approved or denied. If it was denied, please state the reason.
  2. An itemized budget listing all travel expenses. (For auto travel, please calculate cost based on round-trip mileage multiplied by the current US government per-mile allotment.) Please include total miles you will drive.
  3. Disclosure of all other sources of funding you have received or expect to receive (i.e. have applied for). 

To be considered for a travel grant, please email your materials to Prof. Adam Woodis ( by Monday, 6 March 2017. Awards will be made shortly after applications are received.