Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference

Call for Papers for the 6th Annual  Conference  

Santa Clara University, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laramie Taylor, UC Davis
“When Boy Meets Girl: Mass Media, Attraction, Romance, and Sex”

The Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference promotes and encourages undergraduate research in all areas of Communication Studies. This conference creates an opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research, network with students and professors from other universities, and gain a larger perspective regarding research and the Communication Studies discipline.

Submissions must be received by April 12, 2014. All forms ofresearch are welcome (i.e., quantitative research studies, qualitative research studies, critical or rhetorical analyses, ethnography, autoethnography, performance). Multi-authored papers are welcome. 

E-mail papers (maximum 25 pages, excluding references and appendices) in a Word (.doc) format to Dr. Mindi Golden at For performance submissions, please e-mail a performance title, two-page summary of the focus of the research, and a list of performers to Dr. Golden. In the case of multi-authored papers or multi-participant performances, please make the corresponding author/performer clear. Cover pages must also include the name and e-mail address of the faculty member supervising the submitted research.

There is a $25 per student and faculty member conference fee. (Note: The Communication Studies Department will pay the fees for all student and faculty conference participants.)  Corresponding authors/performers will be notified that their submissions have been received and paneled. Instructions for submitting conference fees will be included with notification. 

Events on the conference day will run from 9 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. A conference schedule will be sent to all participants after the April 12 submission deadline. Questions regarding the conference and/or submissions can be directed to Dr. Mindi Golden (

Brief Guidelines for Submitting a Paper to the Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference 

Your submitted paper should include: 

1) a title page with the title of the paper, author names and affiliations, the corresponding author’s e-mail address, and the name & e-mail address of the faculty member supervising the research;

2) the body of the paper, which makes clear its focus/assumptions, methodology, and findings/results (we recognize that different forms of research will reflect these elements in different ways and that not all forms of research will include explicit headings of this nature);

3) a list of references cited in the paper;

4) appendices, if applicable.

Your paper should be a maximum of 25 pages in length, excluding references and appendices. 

If a paper is co- or multi-authored, please make clear in your e-mail when submitting your paper who will attend the conference, and if your faculty mentor will be accompanying you.

Any questions regarding the appropriateness of a submission or guidelines for submissions can be directed to Dr. Mindi Golden (