The Rural Sociology Graduate Association (RSGA) at Penn State will be hosting their 7th Annual Rural Studies Student Conference this fall! 

This year’s conference, “Resilience, Mobilization, and Sustainability in Rural Sociology and Beyond,” will take place in University Park, Pennsylvania, on Friday, November 8, 2018, with a pre-conference speaker on the afternoon of Thursday, November 7

We look forward to welcoming this year’s keynote speakers:

We invite students from all universities, all disciplines, and at all levels to present their work. Abstracts may reflect thesis and dissertation work, as well as program design proposals, term papers, or other research projects. Works from all stages of the research process are welcomed and encouraged for submission. This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on research (at any stage of development and from any discipline or department) from your student peers.

Friday, October 18th is the abstract submission deadline for this year’s Rural Studies Student Conference.  Students who intend to present are asked to submit a 250 word abstract of their work to: 

Conference registration is free but required.  Please visit to confirm your attendance.
  • You do not need to submit an abstract in order to attend.

  • In an effort to increase the participation of students from other universities, we would like to offer the opportunity for traveling students to be housed by Penn State graduate students.  Those interested should contact [email protected] as soon as possible.