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Student Research Symposium


SIS Summer Abroad Student Research Symposium

November 11-18, 2013, International Education Week

SIS Students Abroad.

The School of International Service (SIS) is pleased to present the School's annual student research symposium held during International Education Week, in recognition of the original research engaged in by students in the 2013 SIS Summer Abroad Programs in Brussels, Geneva, Azerbaijan, Israel, Malaysia and Indonesia (ASEAN), Cuba,and South Africa. The symposium provides alumni of these programs with the opportunity to share their research in an academic forum, and provides their American University colleagues with the opportunity to learn from their work and experiences abroad. Each evening during the week of November 11 – 18 will feature research presentations by Program alumni, followed by faculty-moderated discussion. Regional cuisine will be served at each event.

SIS Summer Abroad 2014 program information will be released, for the first time, at each event by region.

International Education Week (IEW) is an annual initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education to promote international understanding and encourage the development of programs that prepare Americans to live and work in a global environment. The academic and experiential summer programs developed by SIS offer students ample opportunity to interact with local and regional leaders, conduct field research, and engage in challenging internship positions.

Featured Research

  • The Old City from Camp David II to Annapolis: Positions and Proposed Solutions to Symbolic Issues in Jerusalem, James Wagner, School of International Service
  • The Role of the Palestinian Civil Society in Peace Building since the Failure of the Peace Process, Joohyung Lee, School of International Service
  • Black Economic Empowerment, Nazgol Zand, School of International Service and Kogod School of Business
  • Discussing Indigenous Philanthropy in South Africa: Trends and Challenges, Vivian Nneka Anugo, School of International Service
  • TAPI Oil Pipeline: Westward Expansion Through the Region and its Impcts, Inta Plostins, School of International Service 
  • The Cuba Revolution in Africa: Elevating Conciousness, Strengthening Bonds, Hari Swaminathan, School of International Service

Latin America and Caribbean: Cuba

Monday, Nov. 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room 110, SIS


Africa: South Africa

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Beacon Conference Room (Room 300), SIS


The Middle East: Israel

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Beacon Conference Room (Room 300), SIS


Southeast Asia: Malaysia and Indonesia

Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Room 115, SIS


Caucasus: Azerbaijan and Georgia

Friday, Nov. 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Room 102, SIS


Europe: Brussels and Geneva

Monday, Nov. 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Beacon Conference Room (Room 300), SIS