Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Middle East Studies Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Arkansas, and some basic answers to these questions.  If you are unable to find the information you need here, please contact the Conference Coordinator and we will answer any questions you may have that are not addressed below.

Conference Coordinator: 

Nani Verzon;
Office: Old Main 202
Phone: 479-575-2175

No, this conference is a presentation venue dedicated only to undergraduate students of Middle East Studies.  However, if you would still like to participate in the conference in some way, contact the Conference Coordinator to ask about being a moderator for a session, a volunteer coordinator, a student mentor, or to propose a roundtable or panel that would allow current undergraduate students to benefit from your experience.

You can email your abstract directly to the Conference Coordinator at the contact information at the top of the page.  Please send your abstract as an attachment and not in the body of your email.

No, only abstracts are required.

Nope!  The Middle East Studies Undergraduate Research Conference is supported wholly by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies.  There are no associated fees or costs to attend as an observer or a participant.

Yes.  Conference participants are encouraged to create visual displays (in PowerPoint, etc.) to augment their oral presentation.  Each session room will have available a projector, projector screen, and laptop. Please plan to submit your presentation digitally to the Conference Coordinator in advance.

Please note:  If an element of your presentation is audio-dependent, please make arrangements prior to the day of presentation with the Conference Coordinator.

Not at this time.

Yes, within reason.  If you have a class conflict on the day of the conference, you must notify the Conference Coordinator of your schedule in advance.  We will make every attempt to work with your availability, but cannot guarantee a particular time slot.  Once the conference schedule has been set, we are unable to change the program.

Absolutely!  We welcome abstracts from students in programs at other universities, and attendance of the conference is both free and open to the public.  If you plan to make the trip to observe, please let the Conference Coordinator know so we can welcome you.

Thank you very much!  The MEST Undergraduate Conference Committee will review all submitted abstracts.  Students will receive an email from the Conference Coordinator during the first week of November 2016, regardless of acceptance.  We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have in the interim.


Practice, practice, practice.  We recommend running through your presentation out loud at least once to make sure the length of your presentation will fit within the time you are allotted.  The King Fahd Center will also organize a series of meetings in the weeks leading up to the conference to provide students with an opportunity to practice and workshop their presentations with their peers.  Contact the Conference Coordinator for dates and times.

At this time, the King Fahd Center does not have funding available to non-U of A students.  However, many departments or colleges offer travel funding for students presenting research at conferences.  Inquire with your faculty and staff!

Submitting an abstract for presentation is a professional commitment and should be treated as such. However, if you are, for reasons beyond your control, unable to attend, please notify the Conference Coordinator as soon as possible.