The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) is one of the preeminent organizations for film studies and media studies academics (I'll be presenting at this year's professional conference in Chicago, March 2013). There's a new initiative for undergraduates (announcement below), which sounds like a great opportunity if you're interested in this field, further study, and taking the time to craft a strong proposal.
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is proud to announce its support for a new venture, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference. Previously conducted under the title of the Midwest Undergraduate Film and Television Conference and held only at the University of Notre Dame, this new incarnation will rotate across multiple universities on an annual basis, so as to enable wider access to students across North America. It will carry the SCMS imprimatur to reflect the organization’s strong support for undergraduate education in cinema and media studies.
We ask that you tell your best undergraduate students about the First Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference. It will be once again held at the University of Notre Dame on April 11-12, 2013. Next year it will move to the University of Oklahoma.
Undergraduate students are invited to propose papers appropriate for a 20-minute presentation on any aspect of cinema and media history, criticism, or theory. Interested students must submit a proposal form, which can be found at http://ftt.nd.edu/ftt-events/
society-for-cinema-and-media- studies-undergraduate- conference/.
Completed proposals should be sent by email to JoAnn.Norris.firstname.lastname@example.org at the University of Notre Dame. Please write "SCMS Undergrad Conference 2013" in the subject heading.
The deadline for proposals is Midnight EST on Monday, February 4, 2013. Questions about the conference should be directed to Christine Becker at email@example.com.