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SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 14th Annual SPA Undergraduate Research Symposium (UGRS) provides a forum for undergraduate students to present their original scholarly and creative work before colleagues, friends, and faculty. A "Best of" Award will be determined and handed out for each session, which will include recognition at the annual SPA Awards Ceremony. The date for the symposium is Wednesday April 22, 2022. Time is TBD. As of now, UGRS will be held in-person, but SPA will continue to monitor conditions related to COVID-19 and follow guidelines set by local and federal government authorities. We will notify all participants as soon as possible if plans need to be altered or if additional mitigation efforts must be implemented.

The symposium is open to all levels of undergraduate students, from First Years to Seniors. To apply, you need to have taken or be currently enrolled in an SPA course during AY 2021-2022. Students from CAS, KSB, SIS, SOC, and SOE are welcome to present their work if it was done for an SPA course. Please be aware that the symposium uses the term "research" to include creative and performance work as well as formal research. Registration is now open and will close Friday March 19th, 2022. Please click here to access the 2022 UGRS registration.

Please email aupublicaffairs@american.edu if you have any questions.

Summer 2022 Awardees

Best of Comparative Politics Session
Michael Poulin, he/him
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Newman
An Analysis of Contemporary Polish Democratization and Backsliding

Best of Political Violence, Political Protests, and the State Session
Skylar White, she/her
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Young
Why Murder Rises during Crises: Conspiracies and Polarization during COVID

Best of American Politics Session
Grace Gold, she/her
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Zeitzoff
Eco-Direct Action: Future Dispositions and Actions

Best of American Politics Session
Katherine Boyko, she/her
Faculty Sponsor: Profs. DuBois & Cowell-Myers
Targeted Assistance to Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Individual Variables Affecting Small Business Performance in the Retail Industry