The SPIA Undergraduate Research Colloquium will take place on April 3, 2020 at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. This event brings together faculty and students from across SPIA to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and the faculty that facilitate their research. Students may submit research projects completed (or currently taking place) as part of course work, CURO, internships, and independent research. More information, including a call for papers, will be coming soon.

2020 Undergraduate Research Colloquium Online

Thank you to our 2020 Undergraduate Research Colloquium participants. To watch the 2020 Undergraduate Research Colloquium presentations online, click the links below or find them on SPIA’s YouTube channel here.

Robyn Anzulis (AB ’22) – “Dangers from Below: Security Threats to Submarine Cables”

James Davidson (AB ’20) – “My Terrorist is Better than Your Terrorist: Leadership Decapitation and Outbidding”

Alexa Hernandez (AB ’22) – “Nationalism in the United States: Post 9/11”

Miriam Mokhemar (AB ’20) – “Law and Weapon Sales: Making Human Rights a Condition for Arms Sales is better American Foreign Policy in the Middle East”

Jamie Romano (AB ’22) – “Reform of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil”

Faiz Syed (AB ’21) – “The Prevalence of PTSD of African American Women”

Tricia White (AB ’21) – “The 2003 Invasion of Iraq: Political Simulation”

Alec Zimmerman (AB ’20) – “Involuntary Celibacy: The Face of a New Sexism”

Undergraduate Research Colloquium Program

The event will include research panels and two poster sessions. The panel sessions will concurrently run from 9:05am-3:20pm and will be scheduled during the typical class schedule.

The schedule is as follows:

Poster Session I: 8:30am-9:30am

A Panels: 9:05m-9:55am

B Panels: 10:10am-11:00am

C Panels: 11:15am-12:05pm

Poster Session II: 11:30am-12:30pm

Lunch Reception for Presenters and Invited Guests: 12:15pm-1:15pm

D Panels: 1:25pm-2:15pm

E Panels: 2:30pm-3:20pm


Call for Papers & Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the SPIA Undergraduate Research Colloquium! Check back soon for more information on 2021’s application process.

Instructions for Submitting Papers:

  1. Please send a Word document with the following information to
    1. Title of your paper
    2. An abstract (summary) of your research of approximately 250 words.
    3. Your SPIA major
    4. A brief (100 word max) explanation of whether this research was completed (or currently taking place) in a SPIA course, as part of a CURO project, an internship, or some other experience.
    5. Whether you wish to be considered for a panel presentation, poster session, or both.
Information for Participants & Questions

All SPIA undergraduates are encouraged to submit their research for presentation at the Undergraduate Research Colloquium. Students may submit projects completed (or currently taking place) as part of course work, CURO, internships, and independent research.

Students may apply to present their research as part of a panel or a poster session. If selected to present as part of a panel, students will prepare a 10-minute presentation of their research. Each panel will have three presenters, as well as a discussant who will discuss the three projects collectively, and a chair who will keep time. Students who are selected for a panel presentation will need to email a complete draft of their paper to the discussant by Friday, March 20, 2020.

Students may also request for their research to be considered for the poster session. Students who are selected for the poster session will be given guidelines about how to create a poster when they receive their acceptance. There will be multiple poster sessions taking place.

Any questions that you may have regarding the event can be directed to Matthew Rains at or Dr. Maryann Gallagher at

Information for Visitors

Thank you for your interest in visiting Athens for our event! The colloquium will be held at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries located at 300 S Hull Street, Athens, GA 30605.

For more information on the venue: Special Collections Library

For off-campus visitors the Hull Street Deck provides visitor parking at an hourly rate. The deck has a parking meter on the third floor. Further parking is also available at the Tate Student Center Parking Deck also at an hourly rate. For library parking information please visit: Special Collections Visitor Parking

The library is located near Terry College’s Business Learning Community. For further information please consult the UGA Campus Map

Visitors who would like a tour of the Special Collections Library can contact Jan Levinson at (706-583-0213) to book a tour, or fill out the form online:

If you are looking for places to eat while you are in Athens:

Downtown Athens is about an 11 minute walk or a 5 minute drive away from the Library with several restaurants on Broad Street.

If you would like to stay on campus: the Tate Student Center (about a 9 minute walk) offers Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Niche Pizza, and Barberitos.

Or you can visit the Au Bon Pain in Amos Hall (about a 4 minute walk).

Detailed Program


2020 SPIA Undergraduate Research Colloquium

 April 3, 2020

Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library

A detailed program, including panel and poster session information, will be announced closer to the Undergraduate Research Colloquium.


Contact Information

For additional details or questions, please reach out to Matthew Rains at, or Dr. Maryann Gallagher at