Pi Sigma Alpha

2024 National Student Research Conference

February 16-18, 2024

Washington D.C. (and Virtual)

The eleventh annual Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference will take place Friday-Sunday, February 16-18, 2024 and will include in-person panels, a poster session, and activities at George Washington University in Washington, DC, as well as some virtual panels and events. 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 peers, as well as Pi Sigma Alpha alumni currently working in a range of settings. Learn more about the history of the conference here.

Thank you to our Faculty Program Committee:

Dr. Natasha Bingham, Loyola University New Orleans
Dr. Aaron Smith-Walter, University of Massachusetts, Lowell


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. Access to the conference app, which includes the full conference schedule and other details, will be provided to all registered participants closer to the event. Registration will open in December 2023.

Do you have questions about the conference? Reach out to the PSA national office (office@pisigmaalpha.org).

Proposal and Eligibility Details

Paper Presentations: All Pi Sigma Alpha members who are current undergraduates are eligible to submit a proposal for a paper presentation. Each proposal should consist of a 250-word abstract and title.

Poster Presentations: All Pi Sigma Alpha members who are current Master’s students are eligible to submit a proposal for a poster presentation. Each proposal should consist of a 250-word abstract and title. (Poster presenters will be required to create and bring a poster outlining their research to the conference. Poster presentation guidelines will be circulated to accepted presenters.)

The Program 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.

Proposals due November 30, 2023

Health & Safety Protocols

Pi Sigma Alpha takes the health and safety of our conference attendees very seriously and will continue to monitor health risks related to the COVID-19 pandemic. At a minimum, all conference attendees will be required to follow the rules and guidelines laid out by George Washington University. Additional COVID-19-related requirements such as masking, a vaccine and/or booster requirement, and/or testing may also be required to attend. Pi Sigma Alpha will notify all conference participants of any additional health requirements closer to the event.