AAR-SW welcomes and encourages graduate student participation in the region. Participating in the regional meeting is a great way to meet other scholars in the area and enter into the various conversations in our field of research. To this end, AAR-SW offers a number of programs to foster graduate student research. For any questions about how AAR can serve you as a graduate student in the region, please do not hesitate to contact our Regional Student Director.

Annual Graduate Student Paper Competition

The Southwest region of the AAR offers an annual Graduate Student Paper Competition in association with the annual regional meeting. The competition seeks to foster graduate student scholarship that reaches the highest levels of creativity and excellence within religious studies. Papers may address any topic within the purview of the regional sections (Arts, Literature, and Religion, Comparative and Asian Studies in Religion, Ethics, Society, and Cultural Analysis, History of Christianity, and Philosophy of Religion and Theology) and should be no more than 5,000 words. Papers must be original and may not have been presented anywhere prior to the current regional meeting. The winner of the competition will be announced at the annual meeting of the region at SWCRS and will receive a $100 cash prize. Please send all submissions, along with a 300 word abstract, to the Regional Student Director.

Graduate Student Professional Development Luncheon:

AAR-SW is pleased to partner with SWCRS to offer an annual graduate student professional luncheon at our annual regional meeting. Graduate students enjoy a subsidized meal and benefit from a Q&A panel discussion with senior scholars in the field on various professional development topics.

Past Topics:

2016 – Maximizing your time at academic conferences

2015 – Finding wholeness and health in graduate school

Additional Professional Development Panels:

2015 – Turning a Seminar Paper into a Publication

Central Texas Colloquium on Religion

The Central Texas Colloquium on Religion (CTCR) is an initiative to build stronger connections between the wealth of academic professionals and students of religion in Central Texas. The CTCR hosts an annual research conference for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the Southwest United States… [Read More]