Pi Sigma Alpha


2023 National Student Research Conference

February 17-19, 2023 (in-person and virtual)

The tenth annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference will take place Friday-Sunday, February 17-19, 2023 and will include in-person panels and activities at George Washington University in Washington, DC, as well as some virtual panels. The conference seeks to promote undergraduate student research, equip undergraduates with the tools they need to be successful in their future careers, and bring together students interested in political science from all over the country to connect and engage with one another. Please join us for this exciting event, which will provide a highly interactive forum for students to share their research, participate in professional development activities, and network with their student peers, as well as Pi Sigma Alpha alumni currently working in a range of settings. You can read more about the history of the National Student Research Conference here.


The conference is free and open to all who register (though student presenters must be Pi Sigma Alpha members). When registering, attendees will be asked whether they are attending virtually or in-person. All in-person attendees must conform to the COVID-19-related attendance requirements. Individuals can register here. Access to the conference app, which includes the full conference schedule and other details, is provided after registering.



5:00-5:30pm: Conference Welcome
5:30-7:00pm: Career Ask-Me-Anything Reception

10:00am-10:30am: Attendee Check-in
10:30-11:45am: Panel Session A
12:00-1:15pm: Panel Session B
1:30-2:30pm: Keynote Presentation (lunch will be served)
2:45-4:00pm: Panel Session C
4:15-5:30pm: Panel Session D
5:30-7:00pm: Reception

10:00-10:15am: Attendee Check-In
10:15-11:30am: Panel Session E
11:45am-1:00pm: Panel Session F
2:00pm: Optional tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Proposal and Eligibility Details
Pi Sigma Alpha members who are current undergraduates are eligible to submit a proposal, consisting of a 250-word abstract and title. The committee is interested in all proposals focused on an issue relevant to political science. Selected proposals are often grouped into substantive themes common to political science including American politics, international relations and comparative politics, and political theory; however, we are also particularly interested in proposals exploring timely political issues related to race, ethnicity, and politics, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, climate change effects and responses, and the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The proposal deadline has now passed.

Thank you to our Faculty Program Committee:

Dr. Monti Datta, University of Richmond

Dr. Emily Farris, Texas Christian University

There are many reasonably-priced hotels near the conference venue or within a 10-20 minute metro ride. In addition, Pi Sigma Alpha has limited blocks of rooms available at several hotels in the area around the conference venue or a short metro ride away. These rooms will sell out quickly, so we recommend booking your accommodations as soon as possible via the links below.

Hive Hotel (2224 F Street, Washington, DC; 6 min walk)
$99 for queen room; $99 for room with twin bunk beds (Note: The “Buzz Queen” rooms are typically located above the bar or in the basement and may be noisier than other rooms.)

River Inn (924 25th St NW, Washington, DC; 5 min walk)$129 for studio queen room; $159 for 1 bdrm suite with double beds

Crowne Plaza Hotel (1480 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA; 20 min via metro)
$99 for king room; $149 for two doubles

You also may check this link for additional options (the external links automatically fill in discount codes).

A limited number of small travel grants are available for student presenters who are attending in-person. The maximum grant amount is $500, with most grants in the $200-300 range. 

PSA will make funding decisions based upon need, taking into consideration participants’ geographical distance from the conference and whether they have other sources of funding (such as from their university department).


  • You must be a student presenter attending in-person.
  • You must reside outside of the broader DC metro area.

Funds will be distributed onsite at the conference. Accepted presenters will receive information about how to apply via email.

Pi Sigma Alpha takes the health and safety of our conference attendees very seriously and will continue to monitor health risks, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic. At a minimum, all in-person conference attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to follow the rules and guidelines laid out by George Washington University, which currently requires all attendees to be fully masked in common areas unless eating or drinking. Additional COVID-19-related requirements such as testing may also be required to attend. Pi Sigma Alpha will notify all conference participants of any additional health requirements closer to the event. 

Questions? Email the national office at office@pisigmaalpha.org.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Yesim Sayin, Founding Executive Director, D.C. Policy Center

Thank you to our sponsors!