Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Undergraduate Conference on Health & Society


Digital Publishing

An online repository of student presentations from past conferences can be found at the PC Library's Digital Commons site. Papers are organized by panel topic. Each year, we will add student papers to this site, providing students with the ability to share their work with a wider audience beyond those in attendance at the conference. Presenters interested in publishing their papers online should contact Hailie Posey​, the College's Digital Publishing Services Coordinator.​ 

Traveling to Providence

Providence is easily accessible by air, rail, or car. Thanks to the generous support of the Canavan Family Fund, we are able to offer a limited number of travel stipends to presenters visiting Providence from outside of New England. If you are interested in applying for travel support, please email the conference coordinator at Click here for Maps and Directions.


All presenters will receive link to a Google Forms registration form via email by April 1. Please respond at your earliest convenience so that we can finalize panel listings. The registration fee for the conference is $20 for presenters and $10 for non-presenters (non-presenters only need to register if they choose to attend the conference luncheon; admission to all conference presentations is free for students, friends, and family members. Registration will be held in  Slavin Center beginning at 8:30am on the day of the conference. A brunch buffet and catered lunch will be served in Slavin Center for all conference participants. Students or faculty interested in attending the conference should email the conference coordinator at​ to register. ​

​2017 Undergrad Conference 

April 22: 8:30am-3:30 pm

​Our annual conference provides students and faculty at PC with an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of organizing an academic conference. Each year, PC students participate as full partners in peer reviewing paper proposals. Students also develop hands-on experience in event planning, as student workers coordinate food, hospitality, registration, and host dozens of attendees from colleges and universities throughout the region. Since 2011, funding for this initiative has been provided through the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Canavan Family Endowment. We are deeply indebted to the Canavan family for their continued support, which fosters a lively debate about health policy and medical ethics at PC.

In recent years, the conference has attracted a range of students from colleges and universities across the nation. Conference panels featured presentations by students from Providence College, Brandeis, Brown, UCLA, Connecticut College, University of Houston, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, University of New Hampshire, Sarah Lawrence, Stonehill, Tufts, and Yale. Presenters will have the opportunity to meet dozens of students with similar interests and to hear a variety of papers on historical and contemporary issues in health care.

​Previous Conference Programs

​2016 Program

2015 Program

2014 Program

2013 Program

2012 Program

2011 Program