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Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

SIS undergraduates presenting research

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 18th Annual SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium is the event for you! Join us for an evening of enriching, educational exchange where you will receive constructive feedback, learn about other international issues, and gain exposure to presenting in a professional setting.

The Symposium is a great opportunity for you to receive feedback on you research from expert SIS faculty members and advanced degree candidates. The best research projects and presentations will be recognized with distinction and awards. You may choose to give an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Help us promote and celebrate undergraduate research in the field of international relations and apply now!

The 19th SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held throughout the day on Friday, April 22. Click here to submit an application to present at the 2016 SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium. Applicants will be notified by March 14 and papers that will be presented are due to the Symposium organizers by April 18. Individuals interested in helping to organize the 2016 Symposium should email

The 18th Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Friday, April 24th, 2015 in the Founder's Room and Atrium of the SIS building. Congratulations to the prize winners of the 18th Annual SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium:

  • Best Paper Award: William Kakenmaster, "Indigenous Identity, Land Tenure, and Human Rights: The Case of the Marlin Mine in San Miguel Ixtahuac√°n, Guatelmala"
  • Best Presentation Award Winners:
    • 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 Paper: Amanda Brenner
  • Best Oral Presentation: Priyanka Srivinasa
  • Best Poster Presentation: Mildred Miranda-Cruz