Student Research

MAGES Final Colloquium

Each spring the Center sponsors the MAGES Final Colloquium to prepare MAGES students for participation in academic and professional conferences. Second year students present their Master's Projects to faculty and fellow students, while first year students serve as commentators. The Final Colloquium provides a valuable opportunity for creative interaction between students and faculty. It showcases the diversity of student academic interests, and highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the MAGES program.

The interdisciplinary nature of the MAGES program is made evident at the MAGES Colloquium by the vast array of project topics pursued by students. Past paper topics have included the following:

  • Selling Out: The EU's Marketing of Europe
  • Integration and Identity Construction: The European Union and the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe
  • Alpinismus and Mental Geography: Mountain Landscape and Regional Resistance, 1870-1880
  • The German Citizenship Reform: Explaining the Debate and Its Outcome with Three Explanatory Factors
  • The European Union and Competitiveness in the Telecommunications Sector
  • The Impact of Corruption in Europe Innovation Policy in the European Union
  • The Center-Right in Germany and Austria: An Uncertain Future of the Post-National Consensus
The Hopper Award

The winner of the Jill A. Hopper Award is presented at the Colloquium. Created by MAGES Alumni in memory of their classmate Jill Hopper, the Award recognizes dedication to academic service and scholarship. Throughout her time at Georgetown, Jill maintained the highest standards for herself both inside and outside the classroom. Her commitment to academic excellence earned her the admiration of classmates as well as recognition within the broader academic community of scholars. Her talent for inspiring others to excel indelibly marked her class; her enthusiasm and optimism enlivened the Center. The Hopper Award celebrates her example and encourages others to aspire to the same high standards.

The 2017 winner of the Hopper Award is Triet Pham.

You can read more about the award here.

Graduate Student Conference

Each February, MAGES students organize a Graduate Student Conference on a theme related to current events in Europe. Now in it's 20th year, the 2016 Transatlantic Policy Symposium will focus on "Divided Europe: Straining the Limits of Unity." Find more information on this year's conference, as well as previous Graduate Student Conferences here.

The Graduate Student Conference is generously supported by the BMW Center for German and European Studies, the CGES Alumni Association, the American Consortium on European Union Studies, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).