Loyola University Chicago

Writing Center

Undergraduate-Level Professional Writing

On this page you will find the following links to undergraduate 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 undergraduate conferences you encounter that are not listed here!

Undergraduate Conferences:

All Conferences  

Conference Alerts

Undergraduate Conferences (PDF)

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)

Undergraduate Essay Competitions:


First Year Essay Competition: Each year, first-year students are invited to share their reflections on the First-Year Text in what might be their first college essay. This is an opportunity to engage a piece of written work and relate it to the themes that define a Loyola education. 

Fr. Matt Creighton, S.J., Undergraduate Essay Contest (Department of Classical Studies): This contest is open to any currently-enrolled, undergraduate student at Loyola. Essays must be written on a topic or theme in Classical Studies. Essays written for a Loyola course completed in calendar year (spring, summer, fall) 2017 or spring semester 2018 are eligible to compete.

LUC Libraries Undergraduate Research Paper Award: This award seeks to recognize and reward outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students at Loyola University Chicago. Any undergraduate in any discipline is invited to apply for the award, which judges not only the paper itself, but also the author’s reflection on the research process, including the role of the library's resources and services. 

The Sharon Walsh Essay Competition (Department of English): Students eligible to submit to the contest must complete UCWR 110 during the 2017-2018 academic year. You do not need to be nominated; you can simply submit your work! All essay submissions must be written for a UCWR 110 course.

The Undergraduate Essay Contest (Department of History): Any current undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago is eligible to enter the contest. The entry should deal with a historical theme or topic, or a subject of current or general interest discussed from a historical perspective. Any essay written for an undergraduate history course at Loyola in 2017 or 2018 is eligible.


International Undergraduate Essay Contests (PDF)

 Undergraduate 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)