Call for Paper Proposals

The first annual Student Symposium on Science and Spirituality—a one-day religion and science conference for graduate students—will be held on Friday, May, 1 2009 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois).  The Student Symposium is designed to provide an interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and inter-religious forum for graduate students to engage in rigorous and collaborative conversation around two of humanity’s deepest questions:

  • “How do we know God or the Sacred?”
  • “What is the nature of the relationship between God or the Sacred and the world?”

For our inaugural Student Symposium we invite paper proposals from graduate students (including but not limited to those in Chicago and the Midwest) that address any aspect of our two thematic questions above.  Proposals from all academic disciplines are welcomed.

Cash prizes will be awarded to top student papers: first, second, and third place submissions will receive prizes of $250, $150, and $100, respectively.  In addition, papers from the Student Symposium will be published in conference proceedings that will be widely disseminated to leaders in the religion-science community.


  • Paper proposals due January 30, 2009:  Proposals should be no more than 500 words (approximately 2 pages, double-spaced).  Proposals must include a title, a statement of the problem or research question, a clear thesis, and a broad summary of the argument.  A preliminary bibliography is welcomed but not required.
  • Full papers invited by February 20, 2009:  A faculty committee will review proposals and select those to be invited as full papers.  All authors will be notified of the review results.
  • Final papers due by April 3, 2009:  Invited papers should be no more than 3,000 words
    (approximately 12 pages, double-spaced); papers exceeding this limit will not be accepted.


Send paper proposals, final papers, and any other correspondence to:


For more information on the Hyde Park Science and Religion Society and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, visit  The Student Symposium is supported in part by a generous Metanexus Global Network Initiative Continuation Program Grant from the Metanexus Institute; for more information see