2018 Student Symposium - Call for Papers

 28 November 2016)   

(Submission date: 27 November 2017)

20th Annual BYU Religious Education Student Symposium

Friday, February 16, 2018

Wilkinson Student Center

Purpose of Conference:

To provide a forum for students to research, write, and present papers about religious subjects from a faithful perspective.


All full-time BYU undergraduate and graduate students attending BYU-Provo Winter Semester 2018 on campus are invited to submit one paper.

Cash awards for winning papers:

1st Place:      $2,000.00
2nd Place:     $1,500.00
3rd Place:      $1,000.00

Plus additional cash awards

Contest Guidelines:

Papers submitted must be solely the author’s original work, faith promoting, and must not be submitted to other conferences or journals.  If accepted, each author should plan on fifteen minutes to present his or her paper.  Papers may focus on a topic of religious significance including, but not limited to, the following:

Scriptural topics                  Religion and family life
Doctrinal topics                   Family history
History of the Church          Teachings of living prophets
Ancient religious history      World religions

DEADLINE: November 27, 2017

Students submitting papers will be notified of acceptance by mid-January 2018.

Papers must be formatted Chicago style, typed (double-spaced), and 10-12 pages in length (not including endnotes).  All quoted sources must be fully cited in endnotes. Submit papers as a Word document via email to beverly_yellowhorse@byu.edu. Please include the following information on a cover page:

  • Title of the Paper
  • Student’s Name  (Do not include your name on any other pages, even in the header)
  • Major and class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student)
  • Contact Information:  BYU address, phone number, e-mail
  • Statement that the paper is solely your original and individual work and has not nor will not be submitted for presentation or publication elsewhere

On a separate page at the end of your paper, provide an abstract or summary (150 words or less). Please retain documentation of the sources you cite should your paper be accepted for publication.


Contact Dr. Casey Griffiths: 422-3862 (casey_griffiths@byu.edu) or
Beverly Yellowhorse: 422-3611 (beverly_yellowhorse@byu.edu)