In 2021, Pi Sigma Alpha hosted its 8th Annual National Student Research Conference on March 6-7, 2021 in a virtual format. More than 600 people attended and 117 students from 63 Pi Sigma Alpha chapters presented their research.
Friday evening included an opening welcome and a networking and socializing component. Saturday had three time blocks of students presenting research and a midday general session featuring special guests Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) and Major Garrett of CBS News. As with the previous two conferences, Sunday was devoted to career and professional development. Six sessions over two blocks were presented by faculty chairs and young professionals in fields such as law, security and intelligence, and legislative affairs.
Many student presenters commented on the rewarding experience of presenting their research, the network they were able to develop through their panels and the Friday evening sessions, and the professional development value of the Sunday career sessions.
“By attending the Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate conference, I had the opportunity to receive feedback on my presentation that was extremely helpful and valuable to me as I continue to conduct research. Perhaps the most valuable experience was listening and talking to other presenters. I can bring the information I learned at this conference back to my home university to help our students learn more about the field of political science as well as the importance of undergraduate research and scholarship.”
– Greta Frost, Youngstown State University