The Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (AURC, formerly MESSA) is a GU-Q student-led conference which aims to provide a dynamic platform that allows students to present their work on global economic, social and political issues. Every year, AURC organizes a conference on global challenges, where students from around the globe present their undergraduate work affecting the contemporary global world.
MESSA, presently AURC, published a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal on Middle Eastern Studies, The Journal of Georgetown University-Qatar Middle Eastern Studies Student Association. The first issue was published in May 2014 as a medium to publish selected papers from the MESSA Conference and independently solicited undergraduate essays. The journal was published by QScience.com, an online publishing platform developed by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals.