Undergraduate Conferences, Calls for Papers and Scholarships

Third Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference March 8-9, 2013 at Marist College

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies will host the third Mid-Hudson Valley Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Undergraduates are encouraged to submit papers on any topic in philosophy. the conference accepts at most six papers and there are no concurrent presentations.

The keynote address will be given by Alfred Mele. He is the William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University, and the director of the Big Questions on Free Will, a four year project on free will funded by the John Templeton Foundation and Florida State University.

Please send papers of no more than 3,000 words by December 15, 2012. We prefer that papers be sent electronically by attachment in PDF or MS Word format to The conference program will be announced in January.

17TH Annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosohpy Conference. April 19-20, 2013 Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon

Keynote talk, "Facts from Fictions," by Peter Kivy (Rutgers University). The 17th annual Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held April 19-20, 2013 on the campus of Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Oregon. The purpose of this conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of philosophical work of undergraduates to their peers. Papers are required to be of philosophical content, but there are no specific restrictions on subject matter within the arena of philosophical discussion itself. Papers should be approximately 3000 words (10-12 pages). Electronic submissions, including paper and abstract (Word documents), should be sent to: Submission deadline is February 1, 2013. Final decisions will be made by February 28, 2013. Volunteers for session chairs are also welcome. Selected papers from the conference will be published in Volume 4 (2013) of the journal Res Cogitans.

This is strictly an undergraduate conference, with only undergraduates allowed on the conference program. The single exception is the keynote speaker. Past keynotes speakers have included: Paul Churchland, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Hubert Dreyfus, Jerry Fodor, Alvin Plantinga, Cora Diamond, and James Sterba. This year's keynote talk will be by Peter Kivy (Rutgers University).

Travel and lodging information can be found by on the conference web site at: Registration costs: $40, payable at the conference. Three meals will be provided: Friday night banquet, Saturday breakfast and lunch.

For further information, contact Professor Boersema via email ( or by phone (503 352 2150) or at the address below: Dept. of Philosophy, Pacific University, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Call for Reviewers

Call for Submissions: The Ethical Biologist

Although 'bioethics' is often used to describe the application of ethical and moral theories to biological sciences and technology, in its broadest sense, the term 'bioethics' refers to the study of the ethics of life. This interdisciplinary field promises to become increasingly important to all people as technology and science becomes increasingly prevalent in daily life. The Ethical Biologist is a new peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal based at the University of Connecticut that seeks to highlight new ideas in bioethics. The journal is completely student-run and student refereed.

We are currently accepting submissions for our inaugural issue, to be published in the spring of 2013. We encourage the submission of pieces that address current issues in bioethics, or that consider the behavioral, biological, environmental, political, legal, or socioeconomic factors that influence bioethical issues.

Until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on December 16, 2012, we will be accepting:

  • Original Academic Research Papers (2500-3500 words) - Pieces that address a specific area of bioethical study
  • Perspectives (1200 word maximum) - Opinion pieces that analyze a recent development in bioethics
  • Field notes (2000 word maximum) - Journal-style pieces based on relevant personal experience and written with a more personal voice

  • Stance

    The national awarding-winning, international undergraduate philosophy journal, Stance ( is now taking applications from exceptional undergraduates to serve as external reviewers.