Call for Abstracts: Virtual Student Research Competition -- Macalester College

Student Research Competition: Virtual Edition

Every year, the Russian Studies department at Macalester College organizes a student research competition. This year, the competition will be in a virtual format and is open to undergrads at all U.S. colleges and universities. Cash prizes awarded!

  • Submit the title of your project and an abstract to by Monday, April 11. Your project should be based on a term paper, digital project, or part of a senior thesis on any topic relevant to Eastern/Central Europe, Russia, or Central Asia written in Spring 2021, Fall 2021, or work-in-progress from Spring 2022. Your abstract should provide an overview of your project, including its thesis and conclusions, and be no more than 300 words.


  • Based upon the abstracts received, some participants will be selected to present their projects to the virtual public. These students will prepare slide presentations with voiceover (we will provide how-to instructions) and submit them by Monday, April 25. A panel of faculty judges will provide feedback.


  • On Saturday, April 30, Macalester College will host a Zoom session with presenters, faculty judges, and guests. Each presenter will give a brief recap of their project and field questions. Afterwards, the judges will confer to select the top presenters, who will receive cash prizes.