Schedule and Zoom Links!

The 24th SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  The links to the recorded panel discussions can be found below.  You can also click on the “Recorded Video Presentations” tab, above, to view and comment on the pre-recorded “poster session” presentations from the Symposium.

Please see below for a schedule of today’s panels along with the zoom links to access them.  Zoom links to the live sessions will be replaced with the link to the recording of the discussion after the session concludes.

Identity and Foreign Policy/National Security (11:30-12:20)
Zoom Recording: (Password: djt%SQ$1)

Research Papers:

Moderators: Lori Younisses and Jordan Park
Discussant: Dr. Aaron P. Boesenecker

Dara Wax: A Propagated Threat: The Enemy in the Eyes of the Islamic State

Theodora Mattei: From the Ashes of the Arab Spring: An Analysis of Europe’s post- Arab Spring Foreign Policy

Sofia Brockman: Russian Art Elite and Social Capital

Human Rights and Global Governance (12:30-1:20)
Zoom Recording: (Password: %S3r=0*j)

Research Papers:

Moderator: Dr. Aaron P. Boesenecker
Discussant: Dr. Robert Adcock

Katherine Olsson: Victims or Vandals: A Comparison of Traditional News Media and Social Media Representations of the 2019 Civil Unrest in Chile

Miranda Baumann: Ideological Schisms & Embedded Isms: The UN’s Framing of International Crimes

Houlton Dannenberg: Multinational Corporation Influence on Host Country Political Affairs: Renewed Imperialism in Africa

Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution (1:30-2:20)
Zoom Recording: (Password: 114pq?nF)

Research Papers:

Moderator: Dr. Boaz Atzili
Discussant: Dr. Dylan Craig

Samantha Lucy: Drones and Escalation: The likelihood of Drones Affecting the US/China Military Relationship

Claire Mills: Economizing Environmental Security: A Thematic Discourse Analysis of Climate Change and America’s Climate Security Act of 2007

Corwin Dark: Prospects for Success in the Ongoing Afgan-Taliban Negotiations

Extension and Submission Instructions

Hello! Thank you to all those who have submitted!

We have decided to extend the submission deadline to Saturday, April 10th, at 11:59PM EST. There is still time to submit an abstract for the symposium!

We are also uploading a link to instructions for recording and submitting your presentation if you elected to present in a recorded video format. Please find the instructions here:


Welcome to the SIS Undergraduate Research Symposium homepage!

We will be updating this website with information regarding this year’s event along with links to the recorded presentations.

The student-organized Symposium, a spring tradition at SIS for over 20 years now, is a fantastic opportunity for you to present your research, receive feedback on your work from SIS faculty members and graduate students, and to hear about the international affairs research that AU Undergraduates are conducting.  The 2021 Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held virtually on April 21.  Help us promote and celebrate undergraduate research in the field of international studies and apply now!

Students interested in presenting should submit an abstract via this link: Applications will be accepted now through the end of the day on April 10th. Students interested in volunteering to assist with the symposium in roles such as advertising, abstract evaluation, communications, and online logistical support should fill out this application: You may both apply to present and volunteer to help organize the symposium. Questions should be emailed to We look forward to receiving your application!