Call for Memos: 2021 Wisconsin Ideas Conference

The Sifting & Winnowing Foundation is hosts its annual Wisconsin Ideas Conference virtually on April 10th, 2021. The call for memos is now open.

The deadline to apply early is Sunday, December 6th, or apply regular is Sunday, January 24th. Priority consideration is given to early applicants.


Sifting & Winnowing is an organization that plans an annual academic conference, publishes student academic writing, and works tirelessly to foster student involvement in the policy-making process. One big event we hold every year is the Ideas Conference. The Ideas Conference is a public policy conference run by students, for students, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This year, we are accepting both undergraduate and graduate students for publication. Leading up to the conference, participants write a policy memo about any topic of your choosing and receive lots of feedback while writing and at the conference itself. Participants present their work to experts and their peers and the quality memos will be published in our fall academic journal.

The event takes place virtually on April 10th, 2021. As part of the application, we ask students to submit a roughly 100-word overview for a policy memo. The expectation is that each student will draft this overview into a 3-5 page policy memo in the months before the conference, with the support of our graduate workshop facilitators. Those interested can apply with the link below:

Beyond publication, we’ll hold panel discussions with experts on topics such as Election Security and Future Reform and Public Policy in Research and Practice. We also hold a networking luncheon for participants and public policy professionals in fields such as cybersecurity, criminal justice, and climate advocacy. Participants will have the opportunity to earn scholarships for quality memos, as well as network with a number of experts and professionals. Feel free to check out the attached Prospectus for more details.

Your ideas matter. Get your voice heard!

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