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Every year, dozens of STM students participate and present in conferences related to their studies. These conferences are enriching experiences and supplement what is being taught in the classroom, while helping students prepare for life after the STM. As an STM student you are eligible for one of the most generous reimbursement policies for academic conferences at Boston College.

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Featured Opportunities

Lumen et Vita

Emptying the Self, Encountering the Other, 5th Annual Lumen et Vita Graduate Spring Conference, February 3, 2018

The term ecstasy, literally meaning “to stand outside,” has been used throughout the Christian tradition to describe religious or mystical experiences. These are moments in which a person is drawn outside of herself, often resulting in visions or experiences of the Divine. Yet we also may speak of any moment in which we are drawn outside of ourselves as an ‘ecstatic’ reality, and it is often in those moments that a fuller encounter with another becomes possible.

Along these lines, Lumen et Vita invites graduate students to submit paper abstracts on the theme of Love and Ecstasy for our 5th Annual Spring Conference. We envision that papers may address topics as diverse as mystical and religious experience, kenotic and agapic love, social justice, political and liberation theology, human sexuality, the relationship of the individual to the ecclesial body, and forms of divine revelation. The conference will take place at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Association of Catholic College and Universities Annual Meeting

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, February 3-5, 2018

Like all of higher education, Catholic colleges and universities are being called upon to align themselves with the signs of the times. The 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting will seek to advance senior executive competency in understanding how to respond in this transformed landscape, addressing such issues as student learning and religious understanding, socio-cultural challenges, and new financial models for Catholic higher education. The ACCU Annual Meeting will be held in the Ritz-Carlton in Washington D.C.

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Engaging Particularities XVI, April 8-9, 2018

In keeping with the 1995 General Congregation of the Society of Jesus’ initiatives on interreligious dialogue, the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue and the Boston College Theology Department announce their 16th annual graduate student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology.

As we approach the anniversaries of Thomas Merton and Martin Luther, our special topic this year focuses on major figures who reconfigure our understanding of our tradition, or the tradition of another. Sometimes we enter the world of the other through a compelling figure instead of either a text or doctrine. Conversely, a particular text or doctrine can lead us to the personal power of a figure. How does this shape our relationship with this other tradition, or even with our own? As with Thomas Merton’s relationship with Mahanambrata Bramachari, how do interpersonal relationships with another tradition impact our theology? How has the ongoing monastic dialogue that Merton helped inspire affected religious life across traditions? What is the relationship between the juxtapositions that a theologian can engage in alone, and more personal encounters across traditions How do comparative theologians’ differing goals and methodologies lead to different answers to such questions? Successful proposals will explore one or more of these questions from a comparative perspective and offer a constructive insight from its study. The conference will take place at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

College Theology Society Annual Convention

College Theology Society Annual Convention, May 31- June 3, 2018

The College Theology Society Annual Convention is themed: “You Say You Want a Revolution?” 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective.“We all want to change the world,” sang the Beatles in August 1968.  When they recorded this album, one of the most extraordinary years of the twentieth century was still playing out, and revolutions of all kinds, some violent, such as the Tet Offensive in January, and some peaceful, such as Thomas Merton’s participation in interreligious dialogue with the Dalai Lama in the month he died, were causing seismic shifts in the political, cultural and religious landscape of human life.  Technology also changed the cultural landscape, bringing the world closer together, while also introducing unfamiliar ways of life and diverse religious beliefs in America’s living rooms.  The photo of Earthrise taken by Apollo 8 on December 24, the first of its kind, ended the year with a new visual perspective on a world we are meant to protect—a world in crisis as Rachel Carson had warned us six years earlier… The convention will take place at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Other Opportunities

Roth Essay Contest, $750 prize: Mercersburg Society

All students are encouraged to submit a paper to contend for the “Roth Prize.” This contest awards a $750 dollar prize for the best student essay written on any topic, historical or contemporary, pertaining to Mercersburg Theology. For more information pertaining to Mercersburg Theology please visit their website.

All submitted essays should be 15-20 pages in length, and complete with appropriate documentation. Submissions can be emailed to Anne Thayer until May 25, 2018. Thank you for your submissions!

Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish LearningBoston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Junior Research Grant

Center for Christian-Jewish Learning: Scholar Research Grants

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning Junior Scholars Research Grants support Boston College graduate students pursuing research that is of value to the field of Christian-Jewish relations. Grants may support recipients' production of articles, book sections or chapters, conference presentations, digital materials, translations, or other scholarly resources. Research grants are one-time awards of $1,000. Up to five research grants are awarded each academic year and each summer. Please take advanatge of the application details and instructions. Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. 

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program: Stipends Available

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral applications for the 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowship Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Email the Ford Foundation with further questions and to submit applications.