Student Interest
2020 Rural Sociology Graduate Student Conference!

We are planning the 1st Rural Sociology Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held virtually via Zoom on Monday, Oct. 26th and Thursday, Oct. 29th (session times to be determined later). We welcome and encourage paper submissions of research and engagement focused on rural people, places and themes from a wide range of social science disciplinary perspectives.

Abstracts: Abstracts should be approximately 250-400 words and briefly outline the purpose and theoretical framing of the paper. Where appropriate, include information about methods, data, and preliminary findings. We welcome working drafts in all stages. 


The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 2nd by 11:59 PM (EST). On October 12th, we will send out notifications indicating if abstracts have been acceptedProceedings will consist of Oral Presentations followed by Q&A and group discussion through Zoom. Please send all submissions to RSS Grad Reps at ([email protected]). 


Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the submission process or the conference itself. We look forward to receiving your paper submissions, and to an exciting conference!
Club of Rome Global Youth Summit 2020

The Club of Rome, along with a global consortium of universities, is looking for university-age students interested in participating in a year-long international youth-engagement program sponsored by the Club of Rome, Penn State University’s Sustainability Institute, and a global consortium of universities.

Program Overview:  This effort aims to: 

  • develop a cohort of global youth ready to engage with each other, increasing their ability to genuinely listen, build diverse relationships, and engage with peers about global issues;
  • provide a structure for youth to use these skills to engage their peers in regional listening sessions;
  • synthesize these findings and submit a formal report to the Club of Rome; and
  • develop a framework on how to initiate a culturally inclusive international and intergenerational dialogue

Global Youth Summit-October 3, 4, & 7th

This summit intends to bring together a regional group of youth to participate in discussions focused on the Club of Rome’s Impact Hub topics (Climate-Planetary Emergency, Emerging New Civilization, Reframing Economics, and Rethinking Finance). The summit will take place virtually via zoom on October 3rd or 4th depending on geographic region.

Specific Dates/Times based on region

  • Asia & Australia | Saturday, October 3rd (1p - 5p GMT)
  • Europe, Africa and Middle East | Sunday, October 4th (1p - 5p GMT)
  • Americas, Caribbean | Sunday, October 4th (7p - 11p GMT)

Following this discussion, on October 7th, a select group of participants will attend the Club of Rome general meeting to participate in an intergenerational dialogue with Club of Rome Members.

We are actively seeking content

We are actively seeking content in this area.

If you have anything that could be of interest to RSS Members, please email a description to [email protected].