Nunn School Students Present at 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Six undergraduate students affiliated with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs presented at the recent Georgia Tech Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium and Awards on Tuesday, April 10th. 

Held annually at the Student Success Center, the spring research symposium provides undergraduate researchers with the opportunity to share their research with other students and faculty from all over campus and to gain valuable skills and experience in presenting original work. Prizes are awarded to the top poster and oral presentation from each college. The symposium is sponsored by GT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). 

At this year’s symposium, oral presentations were given by students Daniel A. Thigpen on “Perceptions of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Nuclear Trafficking in Emerging Media” (Mentor: INTA Assistant Professor Margaret E. Kosal), by Ryan Forman on “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula:  A Trend Toward Unconventional Weapons" (Mentor:  Kosal), and by Jeehoon M. Choi on “South Korea’s Objective in Beginning the ‘Low-Carbon Green Growth’ Program in 2009” (Mentor: INTA Associate School Chair and Professor Brian Woodall).

Posters were presented by students Sean T Williams on “Green Energy Innovation in South Korea” (Mentor:  Woodall), by Sapphire Liu on “Digital Gaming and Weapons of Mass Destruction” (Mentor: Kosal), and by Kate Wharton on “Conflict and its Impact on Education Accumulation and Enrollment in Colombia: What We Can Learn from IDPs” (Mentor: Econ Assistant Professor Ruth O. Uwaifo).

Among Ivan Allen College undergraduates participating in the Undergraduate Research Symposium this year, Daniel A. Thigpen received the award for best oral presentation awardee and Sean Williams received the award for best poster presentation across the IAC.

Nunn School student researchers include Presidential Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) winners, SAIC Undergraduate scholarship recipients, and students pursuing special topics research under faculty mentorship. More information on doing undergraduate research within the Nunn School can be found at


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