MGA Undergraduate Conference

Faculty can encourage their students to apply or they can submit a panel of students from one of their classes from Fall 2019 or Spring 2020.

2020 MGA Undergraduate Conference Information
Tentative Schedule:


Thursday, April 16th                                        (Cochran Campus)

Friday, April 17th-Saturday April 18th     (Macon Campus)

Updated Information Will Be Available Here: as we move closer to the conference, including a final conference schedule.

To Apply for Paper Presentations, Oral Presentations and Roundtables:

To apply to the conference, students should submit a 200-250 word abstract (short explanation of their paper or project), along with full name as they want it in the program, email address, and if they want to present at the Cochran campus to by March 27, 2020. 

Example: “The Martyred World”: Nature’s Role in All Quiet on the Western Front

Rachel Maddox

From the beginning of All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Remarque shows how the narrator, Paul, devolves from a chatty, persistent soldier to a friendless victim, eventually so lonely that the day of his death is marked as “all quiet” (295). The war brings out the best and the worst of the German soldiers, forcing them to become almost unfathomably brave and unbelievably cold, from compassionate men saving dogs and horses from their misery to becoming numb to death itself. The soldiers, however, are not the only victims of war. Remarque shows that civilians, both French and German, suffer from the deprivations the war imposes upon them, and even conscripted service animals die the most horrible deaths. More subtle, though, is Remarque’s depiction of nature throughout the novel, as it changes from a force of good to a broken victim of war; plants and even the earth itself respond to the trauma of bombardment in ways that are similar to the soldiers’ responses to the same situations. Ultimately, nature is shown as a victim of war just as much as the soldiers fighting that war, as battle takes the natural world from its most lovely and peaceful to its most violent and unforgiving, eventually breaking it on the rack of 20th century warfare.

Once accepted, papers can additionally be submitted for the Best Paper Awards. Information will be emailed after acceptance.

Paper Presentations are read to the audience and in the ballpark of 7-8 pages long.

Oral Presentations are done as speeches, lectures, etc. and are generally around 15 minutes long.

Roundtables usually include more people who talk about experience or scholarly work informally for a shorter period of time, around 8-10 minutes, and leaving room for more discussion.

If you’d like to submit a roundtable, you need only submit one abstract listing all participants and a summary of the topic to be presented on and then discussed.

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Poster Session:

To apply for the poster session, students should submit a 200-250 word abstract (short explanation of their paper or project), along with full name as they want it in the program, email address, and mentor if applicable to by March 27th deadline.


Title: “Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, 1932-1972”

From 1932 to 1972,

Author Info: Christina Marin –

Abstract: The United States Department of Public Health Service and the Tuskegee Institute conducted a study involving six hundred black men in Macon County, Alabama. The original purpose of the study was to document the stages of syphilis to determine a cure to treat the disease that was unknown to the impoverished, sharecropping community. The violation of ethical rights occurred when the researchers continued to observe the advanced stages of syphilitic patients even though penicillin, an antibiotic to cure the effects of syphilis, was discovered in 1947.

The topic of this poster addresses the case study’s long-term effects of the participants and their families. This research will argue that the unethical treatment was based on race and social status of the participants. The project discusses the passage of the National Research Act of 1974.

Final Posters Need to Conform to the Following: 48″ in length x 36″ in width and use a horizontal orientation. The image below shows what this looks like

Posters will be judged by the awards committee on Saturday at the poster session and awards given out that afternoon.