Chastain Lecture 2018
Dr. Shira Chess’ research interrogates the intersections between gender studies and video game studies. In particular, she has written extensively on games that target women audiences. Additionally, she has researched several other topics in digital media including research on “slenderman” memes and pervasive gaming such as the Google game Ingress. Her research has appeared in Journals such as Critical Studies in Media Communication, New Media & Society, Feminist Media Studies, and Information Communication & Society.
The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University is celebrating the academic achievements of its students, and particularly those students in the Class of 2018, with its fifteenth annual Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Research. All Wilkes Honors College students are engaged in interesting research and creative activities, including their senior thesis projects. The Symposium showcases honors students and their projects in a one-day event that includes a series of concurrent talks, a poster session, and a visual arts presentation. The event is a celebration of academic achievements of its students, and includes a presentation from Dr. Shira Chess as part of the Chastain Honors Symposium Lecture Series.
Friday, April 6, 2018
|8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
|9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
||Session 1: Contributed Papers
|10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
|10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
||Session 2: Contributed Papers
|11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
|1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
||Chastain Guest Lecturer Dr. Shira Chess “Ready Player Two: Women Gamers and Designed Identity"
|2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
||Session 3: Visual Arts Projects, Poster Session, and Reception for attendees and guests
Please join us for a reception in the HC Atrium from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Important Dates for 2018
||Event / Task
Submission Opens for All Abstracts
TBD by advisor
Draft abstracts are due to advisors for review
Submission Deadline (closes)
: Final abstracts are due
Students are notified of acceptance
TBD by advisor
Draft posters are due to advisors for review
POSTERS are due to their faculty advisor for review/edits
Final PowerPoint files for POSTERS are due for printing
Presentation schedule will be published online
Friday, April 6
Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Research
To register for Symposium 2018 please follow the link below:
Abstract Registration Instructions
Your abstract of 150 words or less
should describe succinctly the major result or point of your presentation. The abstract provides an opportunity for you to draw an audience to your presentation, so try to make the abstract both interesting and informative. You are required to consult with your thesis advisor or your course instructor for advice on writing your abstract.
Title No limit in size, but please be reasonable.
Author(s) List all people who contributed significantly to this research. List the presenting author first.
Email The primary email address of the presenting author should be included. Email addresses of other authors may be given as well.
Abstract No more than 150 words. This is a concise summary of the work to be presented (see example below).
Type of presentation Check the appropriate box(es) for your work. If you will be presenting something other than a talk or poster, please provide information regarding how the work will be displayed.
Type of project If this is a senior thesis project, indicate the expected semester of graduation (e.g., Spring 10). If this is work assigned for a course, provide course number and name (e.g., ISC 4933 Data Analysis). If you are presenting work completed for another purpose, such as an internship, please provide brief details.
Advisor/Professor List your thesis advisor or course professor as appropriate. If the project was completed for some other purpose, list the person responsible for overseeing the project.
«An increase in task difficulty or in time pressure during the performance of cognitive tasks decreased the ability of older adults to recall the tasks at a later time. Adult age differences in recall of cognitive tasks were smaller for easier than for more difficult tasks, and age differences were smaller for cognitive tasks without time pressure than for tasks with time pressure. Older adults may have difficulty remembering difficult cognitive tasks and tasks with time pressure because of an increase in anxiety. During difficult or time pressured cognitive tasks, older adults may have trouble inhibiting negative thoughts about their performance, and thus they may devote fewer working memory resources to aspects of the tasks that would be beneficial for task recall.»
Professional Courtesy: Please keep in mind that if you submit an abstract for a paper or poster, you are committing to making a presentation at the Symposium. Backing out of a talk at the conference is unacceptable in the academic world, except in cases of absolute emergency. When papers are withdrawn after acceptance, some professional organizations will bar the contributor from making another presentation for two years. The Honors College Symposium is a professional conference, and presenters are expected to treat it as such.
Please keep in mind that if you submit an abstract for a paper or poster, you are committing to making a presentation at the Symposium. Backing out of a talk at a conference is unacceptable in the academic world, except in cases of absolute emergency. When papers are withdrawn after acceptance, some professional organizations will bar the contributor from making another presentation for two years. The Honors College Symposium is a professional conference, and presenters are expected to treat it as such.
Creating your poster
Use the poster template to create your poster.
- Your banner should contain a title for your project, the authors, and the college.
Do not change the font colors and size from those in the template. Do not move or resize the logo. Do not change the color of the background.
- The font for text within the poster should be no smaller than 32 point.
- You are encouraged to use graphs, photographs, and other visual aides.
- The poster should be 48 inches wide by 36 inches high.
- Your poster will be hung prior to the Symposium. Do not remove your poster after it is hung.
- Save your poster as lastname_firstname.pptx.
Due to the high cost of printing, only one copy
of each poster will be printed. If you make an error on your poster, you will be charged $25 to print a second copy.
Fine Art Submission
- E-mail your poster PowerPoint (.pptx) file to your advisor using the words "Poster Submission" as the subject line.
- Your faculty advisor will review the file and then forward it to the Symposium Committee Chair.
- The Committee will review and approve the files.
- Once approved, the poster will be printed.
Coordinate with .
Oral Presentation Schedule
Giving a Speech: Tips
Download the printable version.
- Practice, practice, practice. Your real talk will take about 10-20% longer than your practice talk.
- Dress appropriately.
- Introduce your topic in its proper context at the very beginning of the talk. (What is the question? Why is it important? Who cares about it? Who studied it before you did? What is your contribution? What will you tell us?)
- Speak loudly, slowly, and clearly.
- Be professional: don't use profanities, colloquialisms, and space fillers (such as "you know," "so," "um," "uh," or "like").
- Know your audience.
- Avoid special terminology and technical formulas.
- Define all key terms before you use them.
- Don't go over time. It's impolite to your audience and the other speakers.
- Don't ask for questions at the end of the talk—let the moderator do it.
Use visual aids with care—this is the most efficient way to improve your presentation. Remember that the visual aids are exactly that—aids. They are supposed to help
your talk, not to be
- Don't read the text on the slides—explain it.
- Prepare separate notes for each slide. Be careful not to block the view - keep your shoulder away from the projector.
- Have a pointing device handy.
- Maintain eye contact with your audience—don't look at the screen or at your notes too much.
Tips for Posters
For Scientific posters, be sure to clearly state the question your study addresses, your hypotheses, and your conclusions. Give a brief description of your methods.
Use handouts to supplement your poster, if appropriate.
Place related materials close together, then highlight themes by framing collections of material with blank space.
Tips for Powerpoint
Keep in mind that using PowerPoint will not make a bad talk look good! If you use PowerPoint, the following apply:
- Place the title, author(s), and affiliation (or project status) on the first slide.
- Use a few well-written slides. Count about 2 min per slide (e.g. a 15-minute talk should have no more than 6-8 slides).
- Each slide should clarify only one topic and have a short (one-line) title.
- Print a few well-spaced lines (12 or less) per slide.
- Use standard font of large size: at least 28 pt or 1/2" in height. (Sans serif fonts, such as Arial, look better than serif fonts, such as Times Roman, in PowerPoint.)
- Make sure your graphs, charts, pictures, photos are large enough and clearly visible.
- Use a few basic colors (black, blue, red). Don't mix red with green—this particular color combination can be difficult to read.
- Don't depend solely on the computer.
- Don't go wild with the colors; use one of the professional-looking built-in color schemes. Make sure your slides have enough intensity contrast between the foreground and background colors.
- Don't use cute but distracting and annoying transitions, animations, sounds, etc.
- Press the space bar to go to the next slide and the Backspace key to go to the previous slide (it's easier than fumbling with the mouse in the dark).
- Run your PowerPoint presentation in any HC classroom to make sure that your version of PowerPoint is compatible with the version used in HC classrooms and that your color schemes are effective using the HC version of PowerPoint.