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On April 27, 2018, the Department of Politics and Government of Illinois State University held the 26th annual Conference for Students of Political Science at the Bone Student Center.

The conference was cosponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society of political science. Nearly 40 graduate and undergraduate students representing nine colleges and universities participated in the conference and presented their research. The papers presented addressed topics such as democratization, environmental politics, human rights, political economy, institutions, Donald Trump’s presidency, race and ethnicity, political campaigns, state and local politics, and the media. All the student papers can be viewed at the department conference website.

The 2018 student conference was organized by Professor Carl Palmer.