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Student Research Showcase

OSAC MENA Regional Council 8th Annual Conference

May 24-25, 2022 | Boston, MA

The Overseas Security Advisory Council Middle East and North Africa Regional Council (MENA RC) is pleased to host its 8th annual conference at Northeastern University in Boston.  This year’s theme is MENA: Navigating a sea of complex regional powers.  Security experts from around the globe will present and lead discussions on issues facing US organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa. 

This year, the MENA RC invites college and university students to submit abstracts for poster presentations at the conference. A poster presentation is one in which information is summarized using texts and images, and presented in a poster format. This is an excellent opportunity to highlight your repository, a digitization project, a research project, thesis, or other initiative, and share your work with your colleagues, and the broader MENA security policy community.

Posters relating to Middle East and North Africa security issues are welcome, with suggested topics including, but not limited to: conflict analysis and resolution, international relations, security studies, business continuity, crisis management, resilience, and/or women and minority issues.

Important Submission Guidelines

  • Abstracts should be approximately 125 words, including the problem being addressed, and your approach to the problem. Providing preliminary results is suggested but not required.
  • Presented posters must be sized up to 24 x 36 inches (or A1), either portrait or landscape, but the submitted versions should be scaled down to letter or A4 for submission as a PDF.


Submission Deadlines

Abstract Submission
March 18, 2022

Final Poster Submission
April 18, 2022

Finalists Announced
May 2, 2022

Student Showcase
May 24-25, 2022

Presentation Details

The Student Research Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 in the Atrium Area of Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Center (ISEC) building. There will be tables by each poster station for handouts or other materials.

All presenters will be mentioned in the conference material and are invited to attend the annual conference (there is no charge for attending). Posters will also be retained on OSAC and ISF websites.



The winner will present their findings during the OSAC MENA-RC conference, either in-person or via Zoom live stream, if not able to attend in person. The presentation should be 10 minutes in length, followed by a 5-minute Q&A period.


Finalists will be required to submit their posters at the beginning of the conference. Posters must be formatted 24 x 36 inches (or A1) and will be printed and attached to a 40×30 inch backing, courtesy of Northeastern University. The presentation should be 10 minutes in length with a 5-minute Q&A session.

More Information

For more information, please contact the OSAC MENA RC Conference Posters Chairs at k.safi@northeastern.edu.