About AURC

Who We Are

The Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (AURC, formerly MESSA) serves to voice undergraduate research, whether in Qatar or the rest of the world, and concerns issues which are pivotal to international affairs. Striving to foster and enhance undergraduate research, AURC enables students, from Georgetown University and across the globe, to voice their research and facilitates a breadth and depth of discussion about respective economic, political and social affairs.

What We Do

  • We organize an annual undergraduate conference on International  Studies that enables students from universities across the globe to voice, discuss and enhance their research concerning the global world.
  • We publish an annual academic journal that presents undergraduate research concerning global challenges and issues through conference papers.
  • We connect thoughtful undergraduates with leaders from academia, as well as the private, public and nonprofit sectors, to allow for the sharing and enhancing of ideas.

Advisory Board

During the academic year 2018/19 MESSA is advised by the following board:

  • President: Sara Al Haj Abed
  • Vice-Presidents: Chaïmaa Benkermi and Xassan Muse
  • Conference Logistics: Fiza Shahzad
  • Events + IT Liaison Officer: Sayed Taha Kaleem
  • Director of Communications: Sara Lidetoft
  • Deputy Director of Communications: Abdulqudus Sanni
  • Director of External Relations: Tasneem Usmani
  • Deputy Director of External Relations: Irene Promodh
  • Social Media Content Strategist: Khemara Chhorn
  • Executive Assistant on Communications and Publication: Yasmine Fade