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5th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies (2023)

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The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites submissions to its fifth annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies. This year, the virtual conference will take place on Thursday, June 22.

Thursday, June 22, 2023
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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About the Conference

 The UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is pleased to host its fifth annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies. This is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students (Bachelor's degree programs) to present and discuss their research on modern Israel (in any academic discipline). Students selected to showcase their work at the conference will be invited to give an 8 to 10-minute presentation of their work and participate in a moderated Q&A with their peers. The 2023 virtual conference is open to students from any campus in the United States and abroad.

Although this event is not open to the public, recordings of the panels will be made available shortly after the conference has ended.


Submission Process
Applicants should submit abstracts of approximately 100-250 words that outline the premise, research methods, and thesis of their paper no later than May 26th (link below). Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted to the conference by June 2nd.

Accepted applicants should submit their final papers by June 16th. Papers should deal with the modern period, ranging from late Ottoman Palestine to the State of Israel today. Papers should be 2,000 to 3,000 words in length (double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, one-inch margins), written in English, include a bibliography, and be properly cited in the style that is most suitable to the applicant's academic field. Applicants who have written longer texts like dissertations or theses may select a chapter or portion of their work within the previously stated page range for consideration.

Accepted applicants should confirm that they will be able to participate in the presentation and Q&A portion of the conference no later than Wednesday, June 7th, barring unforeseen circumstances.

The presenter with the best paper will receive $500 and the runner-up will receive $250.
Top presenters will be chosen based on their papers' originality, depth of research and analysis, and quality of writing. The UCLA Nazarian Center will present these awards on the day of the conference following the conclusion of the day's panels.

Due Dates

Abstract Submissions: Closed

Final Paper Submissions: Closed 


If you have any questions, please email Joshua Goetz, the UCLA Nazarian Center Harry C. Sigman Graduate Fellow, at joshgoetz@g.ucla.edu

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies