Loyola University Chicago

Writing Center

Graduate-Level Professional Writing

On this page you will find the following links to graduate conferences in various academic fields, which can serve as a starting place for you to find avenues of professionalism to showcase your latest research. If you found these conferences through our website and were accepted to them, please let us know! Also, email with information about any other new graduate conferences you encounter that are not listed here!

Graduate Conferences:

All Conferences (all disciplines)

HNET (Humanities and Social Science)

The CFP List (all disciplines)

UPenn Listserv (Arts and Humanities)

WikiCFP (all disciplines)

Conference Guide:

How to Find and Respond to CFPs (PDF), How to Write and Submit an Abstract (PDF), Abstract Tips and Examples (PDF), Conference Etiquette (PDF), How to Present a Conference Paper (PDF)

Graduate Essay Competitions:


Department of English Clayes Essay Award CompetitionIn Professor Clayes' memory, the English department established an essay prize, awarded annually to the graduate student who submits the best essay written for a graduate course in English during the preceding academic year. A cash award is presented in the Fall, and the winning student is invited to read his or her essay at a reception in his or her honor.

Department of History McCluggage Award Competition: In memory of Professor Robert McCluggage, the Department of History voted in 1989 to establish an award for the best research paper by a graduate student in each calendar year. Any current graduate student in History at Loyola University Chicago is eligible to enter the competition. The entry must be an essay based on research in primary sources, able to stand on its own as work treating a coherent topic.

LUC's Annual Graduate School Interdisciplinary Research Symposium: The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Advisory Council host a symposium organized around the diverse research methods exhibited in scholarly work with the following broad research categories for paper or poster presentations: Qualitative: the exploratory analysis of non-numerical data; Quantitative: the objective and systematic analysis of numerical data; Theoretical: analysis that applies speculative paradigms in exploratory ways; and Mixed Methods/Other: analysis that draws on both quantitative and qualitative methods. Any current graduate student within The Graduate School is eligible to submit a presentation.


International Graduate Essay Contests (PDF)

Graduate Publication Opportunities:

Cabell's International: Cabells is the complete source for journal info, evaluation metrics, and submission details-for universities of any size. Find the right audience!


Publication Guide:

Proofs (PDF)

Dissertation and Thesis Formatting:

Dissertation/Thesis Formatting (The Graduate School)

Final Copy Submission Process 

Thesis and Dissertation FAQ (Health Sciences)

Thesis/Dissertation Examples

LUC Format Manual for Theses and Dissertations (PDF)