Student Keynotes

We are excited to present our student keynoters for the 2014 Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Symposium. Come check out their presentations in ICC Auditorium at 2:30pm, Saturday, April 5th.

Sun Hoo Kim (’14), “Winning Hearts and Minds (and Votes): Western Education and Voting Preferences in the UN General Assembly”

Aamir Hussain (’14), “Does the Contraceptive Mandate of the Affordable Care Act Violate Religious Freedom?”

Brendan Quinn (’14), “Caryl Churchill, Greek Tragedy, and Directing A Mouthful of Birds”

The Doha By Design Team visiting all the way from our Qatar Campus, including Nadia Al Khater (’16), Sana Jamal (’14), Catherine Lechicki (’14), Khadija Mahsud (’14), “Doha by Design: Urban Planning and Social Space in Doha, Qatar”.

Student Keynote #1

Sun Hoo Kim 120727Name:
Sun Hoo Kim
School: Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Graduation Year: Class of 2014
Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Fun Fact About Yourself: When I was young, I wanted to become a melon farmer. I really liked melons, and I thought it would be easy because melons have so many seeds. But then I learned economics.
Project Title: Winning Hearts and Minds (and Votes): Western Education and Voting Preferences in the UN General Assembly
Project DescriptionMany politicians and scholars have assumed that providing U.S. education to foreign students can enhance the United States’ influence in world affairs, but anecdotal examples point in opposing directions. This study develops a theory on how U.S. education and, more broadly, Western education influence leaders’ attitudes and values and thereby their foreign policies. Using data on United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) votes, I find evidence that Western education of the head of government significantly increases the degree to which a country’s foreign policy aligns with that of the United States.

Student Keynote #2

Aamir smiling g townName: Aamir Hussain

School: Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences
Graduation Year: Class of 2014
Hometown: Farmington, CT
Fun Fact About Yourself: My nickname is “The Pun-isher” because of my frequent bad puns. 
Project Title:Does the Contraceptive Mandate of the Affordable Care Act Violate Religious Freedom?
Project Description: In August 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that most employers would need to provide contraceptive health insurance coverage to their employees under the new health-care law. I argue that this mandate in its original form constituted a violation of the Free Exercise clause and the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. However, I also contend that the Obama administration’s final regulations on the mandate issued in June 2013 adequately addressed both the Constitutional question and the practicality of improving access to healthcare.

Student Keynote #3
Quinn, Brendan Headshot
Name: Brendan Quinn
School: Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences
Graduation Year: Class of 2014
Hometown: Riverhead, NY
Fun Fact About Yourself: I can reenact most Kristen Wiig SNL skits on command .
Project Title: Directing A Mouthful of Birds: An Exploration of Caryl Churchill & Euripides
Project DescriptionPartly inspired by Euripides’ The Bacchae, A Mouthful of Birds is an ensemble theatre/dance piece that experiments with transformations of gender and sexuality through the psychology of violence and ecstatic ritual. I directed this work as my undergraduate directing thesis in January 2014, culminating my research on the oeuvre of Caryl Churchill as a postmodern feminist playwright, the mythology and nature of Ancient Greek society (vis-à-vis its modern day inheritances), and the expression of psychological trauma or illness. Research for this project has taken the form of formal written components such as dramaturgical essays, a director’s note, conceptual questionnaires, and personal reflections on the process, audiovisual research in the form of photographs and recordings of dramaturgy and the production itself, and performative research such as the artistic exploration of staging, choreography, acting, and design.

Student Keynote #4
Khadija Mahsud
School: SFS, Qatar
Graduation Year: 2014
Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
Fun Fact About Yourself: I am always on the move: for the past two years, I have been splitting my time three ways between Doha, Islamabad and St. Louis.
Project Title:Doha by Design: Urban Planning and Social Space in Doha, Qatar
Project Description: “Doha by Design” outlines the ongoing research by four undergraduates at SFS-Qatar that examines urban, public spaces in the city of Doha, in the contexts of spoken and unspoken rules governing their use, and in the context of how urbanization affects social interaction. Qatar is becoming a highly modern country, growing into the sea and sky. It will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 and in that regard and otherwise, it has experienced a huge construction and development boom inviting massive immigration for work – not unlike other wealthy Middle Eastern cities. How are Qatar’s public spaces affected by this?
Name: Catherine Lechicki
School: SFS, Qatar
Graduation Year: 2016
Hometown: Dillon, Colorado
Name: Nadia Al Khater
School: SFS, Qatar
Graduation Year: 2016
Hometown: Doha, Qatar
Fun Fact About Yourself: I still like to ask for the crayons at restaurants.
Name: Sana Jamal
School: SFS, Qatar
Graduation Year: 2015
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan


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