General Information

WHAT IS THE TENNESSEE UNDERGRADUATE SOCIAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM? 
This symposium is sponsored annually to promote professional development of undergraduate students in the social sciences. MTSU students from various departments as well as students from other southeastern states participate in paper presentations.
In addition to paper presentations, the annual symposium also consists of keynote speakers, panel discussions and often films.
Every year a central theme is selected by the organizing committee.  Our theme this year is: Catastrophes, Disasters, and Their Aftermaths.  Themes generally focuses on areas related to sociology and anthropology.  Past themes include immigration and refugees, voting rights, and college debt.  Students are allowed to submit paper presentations on any subject of interest, not only the theme. The submission deadline is February 14th.  Registation is at the bottom of this page. 

WHEN IS THE SYMPOSIUM?
The event typically spans 2-3 days in either the fall or spring semester each year.  This event is traditionally held on MTSU campus, either in the James Union building or the new Student Union building.  However, other institutions are welcome to host the event in collaboration with MTSU. The symposium this calendar year is February 28th and March 1st, 2018.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 
The symposium is open to students from all colleges irrespective of major.  The State of Tennessee values contributions from across the community and participation from other southeastern states.  As this event is an undergraduate symposium, graduate students may participate but advice must be sought from a professor or faculty member prior to registration. 

IS THERE A FEE TO PARTICIPATE?  
The symposium is a free event and students can enter to win cash prizes for best paper.  Please note - papers must be submitted by the specified deadline in order to be judged. 

Prizes will be awarded for the top threee undergraduate papers submitted.  To enter the paper competition and to be considered for a cash award, please submit complete papers (not to exceed 25 pages, double-spaced) to Dr. McKinzie (ashleigh.mckinzie@mtsu.edu) no later than Wednesday, February 14th. 

FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Please contact the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at MTSU for further information.

Mailing Address:  Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street, Box 10
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office: Todd Hall 342/344
Telephone: (615) 898-2508
Fax: (615) 898-5427

Email address: socanth@mtsu.edu

Submission and Registration