Call for Papers: Great Plains Undergraduate Theology Conference

January 11, 2018

The Great Plains Undergraduate Theology Conference is an annual opportunity for undergraduate scholars to gather and present their innovative and creative academic papers or presentations in the fields of Theology and Religious Studies. Students and faculty from the Mid-West region are invited to participate in the 2018 conference hosted this year by Creighton University, Omaha, NE, on Friday, April 13, 2018.

We invite proposals from students in any of the following areas:

  • Moral Theology and Ethics Systematic Theology
  • Historical Studies in ReligionPractical and Pastoral Theology
  • Comparative Studies/Scripture

We encourage students from all majors to submit their theological and religious studies work. We welcome both individual and group presentations.

The proposal itself must include:

  • Descriptive title
  • The name of the student and of the faculty sponsor, along with a reliable email address for each
  • PrĂ©cis of not more than 150 words that provides a summary of the argument in clear and focused language
  • A short description (fewer than 50 words) of the project that can be used in the program should the proposal be accepted

Presentations must not exceed twenty minutes (i.e., approximately nine pages of double-spaced text), and presenters should be prepared to answer questions and cite sources.

The deadline for proposals is March 2, 2018


Students must have a faculty sponsor for their proposal. Students should first consult a faculty member at their home institution to ensure the paper is of high academic quality.

Once the proposal is in its final form, the faculty sponsor should forward the proposal via email as a file attachment in MSWord format to:

Dr. Jay Carney (
Dr. Helen M. Ciernick (
Dr. Paul Korchin (
Sr. Aline Paris, RSM, Ph.D. (
Dr. Todd Salzman (

Proposals will not be accepted directly from a student; the sponsor must send the proposal.

Faculty who sponsor a proposal do not need to attend the conference; however, we do encourage faculty to attend when possible. Please keep in mind that faculty sponsorship testifies to the merit of the proposal and the seriousness of the presenter. Faculty members are, of course, free to sponsor multiple proposals.