How to Write a Conference Proposal: Advice on Finding Calls, Writing an Abstract, and Submitting Your Scholarship Workshop


Feb. 14, 2020, 9am to 10am

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Gather 1 & 2


Answering a conference's call for papers requires writing an abstract or summary of what your talk is going to be about, and it's not an easy task! How do you boil down your scholarly work to 250 or 300 words? In this workshop, we'll share a five-part plan for pitching your research at almost anything, share sample abstracts as well as criteria used by conference selection committees, and you'll have a chance to get feedback on an abstract if you wish to bring a draft.

By participating in this workshop you will:

  • Participants will consider broad guidelines for writing an effective conference proposal

  • Participants will examine various abstracts and identify how effective they are

  • Participants will analyze rubrics used by selection committees for different conferences and consider how to tailor their own proposals to the criteria

  • Optional: Participants will workshop existing drafts of abstracts

Professional Development Academy Program: GCRC, GCCC

Professional Development Academy Pillars: Research, Communication

Learning Experience: Interactive

Time Commitment: < 2 hours

Lifecycle Stage: Mid, Late Master’s & Mid, Late Doctoral


  • Melissa Bowles-Terry, Associate Director, Faculty Center
  • Kelsey George, Cataloging and Metadata Strategies Librarian, UNLV Libraries

Admission Information

This workshop is open to UNLV graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance for the workshop.

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Contact Information

Graduate College
Valarie Burke

External Sponsor

Graduate College, UNLV Faculty Center and UNLV Libraries