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Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

SIS undergraduate honors students present their research to each other in a classroom setting

Research is an integral aspect of the SIS undergraduate experience, and presenting research at an academic conference is an excellent way to meet other researchers exploring similar topics, to engage in discussion and debate, and to learn from others. If you have a research project that you are proud of and would like to share with the SIS community, then the Annual SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium is the event for you! Join us for a day of enriching educational exchange where you will see and discuss a wide range of international affairs research from students across SIS and AU, receive constructive feedback on your own research from SIS faculty members and graduate students, and gain exposure to presenting in a professional setting. The best research projects and presentations will be recognized with distinction and awards. Help us promote and celebrate international studies undergraduate research and apply now!

The 20th SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held all day on Wednesday, April 26. Submit your application to present. Applications are due by April 2. Applicants will be notified of their application status by April 10, and accepted applicants should submit their completed research paper by April 21. Please email any questions to

The 19th Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Friday, April 22th, 2016 in the Founder's Room and Atrium of the SIS building. Congratulations to the prize winners of the 19th Annual SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium:

  • Best Research Paper: Celia Lohr
  • Best Oral Presentation: Meredith Hiles
  • Best Poster Presentation: Anisa Rahaman

Congratulations to the prize winners of the 18th Annual SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium:

  • Best Research Paper: William Kakenmaster, "Indigenous Identity, Land Tenure, and Human Rights: The Case of the Marlin Mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Guatelmala"
  • Best Oral Presentation:
    • Jennifer Bradley, "Understanding Refugee Identity in a Globalizing World."
    • Gretchen Cloutier, "Latin American's Female Prisoner Problem: How the War on Drugs and Feminization of Poverty are to Blame for the Increase Incarceration of Women."
  • Best Poster Presentation: Chandler Coniglio, "Serving Women: Does Gender Equality Derive from Service Exports?"

Congratulations to the prize winners of the 17th Undergraduate Research Symposium:

  • Best Research Paper: Amanda Brenner
  • Best Oral Presentation: Priyanka Srivinasa
  • Best Poster Presentation: Mildred Miranda-Cruz