I'm pleased to announce that the National Conference for Undergraduate Research accepted my abstract and extended an invitation for me to present at NCUR 2013 at the University of La Crosse in Wisconsin, April 11-13.
An excerpt from the official notice:
"Congratulations! We are happy to announce that your abstract submission,
"CIVILIZING MUSLIMS: HOW THE FRENCH PERPETUATE ALGERIAN COLONIALISM IN
THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE VEIL," was approved for presentation for NCUR
2013 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Chosen from more than
3,500 submissions, your abstract demonstrates a unique contribution to
your field of study and we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to
present your work to your peers, faculty, and staff from around the
My friends immediately rallied behind my announcement on Facebook, thumbs up from everyone and messages of support from the academics in my circle. I also announced it to my writers group, Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG). They also sent kind messages of support.
My adviser, who is enjoying her winter break in Berlin, sent a message via email:
"Many congratulations! This is awesome and a real accomplishment!!
Talk to you soon."
Her words lead me to question the value of "real" versus other accomplishments... because this isn't a Nobel prize, it's an undergraduate research conference.
When I first heard the news, my head exploded into a stress headache. This honors thesis is something I've done for fun, for me, and for the privilege of working with an adviser I really respect. Now I really have to share it. And part of me worries... No one has really read it yet and what if it's a giant report and not really a research project of significant originality?
I suppose these are the risks we have to take... But so far, 2013 has brought some great opportunities and news.