The 2021 Student Conference 

“Living with the Pandemic: Opportunities and Challenges”

Los Angeles, California, December 28th, 2021


Organized by IMSA Students, PCI NU USA/Canada, and the Muhammadiyah USA



The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world. The governments around the globe have mandated various guidelines and policies to limit the movement and mobility of their citizens and minimize the disease spread. People needed to acclimate their everyday lives, including wearing masks, maintaining social distance, avoiding the crowd, and working/studying from home. The ability of the government and citizens to effectively adapt with those changes may determine the success and failure in overcoming the pandemic. Questions that arise from this circumstance are: How do the government, politicians, scientists, NGO activists, and religious leaders deal with the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the challenges that the society faces during the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the changes that occur during the pandemic that has affected society? How does society adapt to the changes and face the challenges? How does society turn the challenges into opportunities for them economically and socially?


Indonesian Muslim Society in America (IMSA), in cooperation with the PCI Nahdlatul Ulama (NU)/USA/Canada, and the Muhammadiyah USA, is pleased to announce the IMSA Student Conference on “Living with the Pandemic: Opportunities and Challenges.” We invite abstract from various disciplinary and academic fields and welcome creative and provocative posters and oral presentations that open further academic research.



The conference aims to provide a venue for Indonesian students from various disciplines to exchange knowledge and present their current research.



The conference accepts presentation on various topics including but not limited to:

1.     Public Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences

2.     Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability

3.     Poverty, Gender, and Global South

4.     Education

5.     Religion

6.     Engineering, Technology, and Transportation

7.     Architecture, Planning, and Fine Arts

8.     Economics, Business, and Finance

9.     Politics, Public Policy, and Law        


Format, Time, and Venue

The conference will be conducted in a hybrid format: online and in-person during the 2021 IMSA Muktamar at Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, Los Angeles, California. The conference will be held on December 28th, 2021. Pre-recorded presentations are open for the virtual participants.


Types of Presentation

We offer two types of presentation: Oral and Poster.



All Indonesian graduate and undergraduate students are all eligible to participate and submit their presentation abstracts, and everyone is welcome to attend the conference.


Conference Fee

There is no cost to present and attend the conference virtually. For in-person presenters and participants, there is no additional fee to present and attend the Student Conference because it is included in Muktamar IMSA Registration. 


Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline                                  Nov 15, 2021

Notification of Selected Abstracts                             Nov 21, 2021

Conference Date                                                    Dec 28, 2021



Guidelines for abstract submission for oral and poster presentations

1.  The abstract consists of 150-250 words.

2.  The abstract should cover research background, methods, and results.

3.  The abstract should be submitted via Dropbox through this link

4.  Please indicate type of your presentation (oral or poster)


Note: Please submit the presenter’s bio in a separate word/PDF file. The bio should be a maximum of 100 words. On your abstract submission please include your name, your program (undergraduate/grade and department/school, and university), and your email address.


Steering and Organizing Committee


Steering Committee

1.  Ikhsan Darmawan                         (IMSA Students)

2.  Fikriyah Winata                             (IMSA Students)

3.  Hary Widyantoro                           (PCI NU USA/Canada)

4.  Muhammad Afdillah                       (The Muhammadiyah USA) 


Organizing Committee

IMSA Students, PCI NU USA/Canada, and the Muhammadiyah USA


Contact Person

If you have any inquiries, please send an e-mail to or contact Ikhsan (+62 812 9767 0019 (WA only) or +1 2342819956)