Anthropology Conference

March 5, 2021 event update: In response to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and in order to provide a flexible way for students to participate in learning about anthropology, we are changing the way we offer our annual showcase event this year. Rather than holding an annual conference, we are pleased to announce a Hot Topics in Anthropology series which will be presented from March 17-19, 2021. UTM Anthropology professors will present on the different subfields of anthropology over the week, so you’ll have multiple opportunities to learn about our discipline and to ask any questions that you might have! Students who wish to share their research are still encouraged to submit their research and writing to the Young Anthropology undergraduate journal. Watch the Hot Topics in Anthropology mini lecture series on the UTMAS website!

2021 Call for papers

Due to the change in our showcase event for 2021 (see update above), students who wish to share their research are encouraged to submit their research and writing to the Young Anthropology undergraduate journal.

About the conference

The UTM Anthropology Society is pleased to organize this annual event at UTM. Although the conference is designed with undergraduate students in mind, graduate students are also welcome! 

Benefits of attending

  • broaden your understanding of the various fields of study
  • gain tools and ideas necessary to consider different future careers within anthropology
  • engage with UTM peers and faculty in a supportive environment; grow your network
  • if you wish to present your work, practicing your presentation skills can help you gain confidence for future presentations, graduate school, and interviews
  • presenters can gain a co-curricular record (CCR) credit

Presentation methods and ideas

students watching presentation

Undergraduates: this event is designed so you can practice your presentation skills in an informal and supportive environment on the UTM campus! 

Presentation methods:

  • Solo or group presentations are welcome
  • Oral presentations should be approximately five minutes long
  • If you prefer to present a poster you can apply for funding to cover the cost of printing (see Research Posters section below)

Some ideas for presentations:

  • Research paper or project from an ANT course you have already completed
  • Research that is in progress for an ANT course that you are currently enrolled in
  • A UTM Abroad travel experience
  • A field school experience
  • An independent study experience
  • An internship experience
  • A work-study position experience

Research posters

research poster

Best Practices

View the UTM Library's page on Research Posters: Creation, Design, & Best Practices for more information on:

  • how to plan and design a poster to effectively present your information to an audience;
  • poster templates and examples; and
  • printing your poster on campus.

Funding Opportunity to Cover Cost of Printing (for in-person conferences)

Students who wish to present posters at an in-person conference may apply for funding to cover the cost of poster printing.

Apply online using the Undergraduate Student Experience Funding Request Form.  On the form, select Attend conference related to research (including poster printing) as the activity type.


If you have questions about the anthropology conference, please email

Past conferences

View past conference programs & photo albums.