Call for Paper Proposals

Held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, the fifth Student Symposium on Science and Spirituality is a one-day conference designed to provide an interdisciplinary and interfaith forum for graduate, professional, and ministry students to engage in collaborative conversations and professional networking with faculty mentors.  Cash prizes will be awarded for the best student papers as judged by a faculty committee, and papers will be published on the Zygon Center’s website and recommended for publication in journals such as Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.

This year we invite paper proposals on any topic in science and spirituality or religion and science.  We want to hear from you on the specific topic about which you are most passionate.

  • How might traditional theological topics (e.g., divine action, creation) be clarified in light of scientific advances?
  • What  historical insights can be reintroduced to promote greater understanding in science and spirituality?
  • What emerging subjects or academic disciplines are likely to be important in the years ahead?
  • What are some new and innovative ways of making practical applications of science and religion?

We invite proposals addressing these issues from graduate and professional students from the natural sciences, the social sciences, the applied sciences and engineering, and the humanities, as well as from seminary and divinity school students.  We welcome historical, critical, and constructive approaches to theoretical and empirical issues as
well as reflective work on practical ministry.


  • January 11, 2013: 500-word paper proposals due; see website for guidelines on content and format
  • January 25, 2013: full papers invited based on faculty review; all authors will be notified of review result
  • March 1, 2013: 3000-word final papers due; see website for guidelines on content and format
  • For proposal and paper guidelines and more information on the Student Symposium, please visit:
  • Please send paper proposals, final papers, and any other correspondence to:
  • For more information about the Zygon Center, please visit:

This project is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.