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Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Research

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 2014, with its twelfth 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 Chastain Honors Shahzia Sikander Symposium lecture, "The Collaborative Terrain of Drawing & Animation: The works 'The Last Post,' 'Pivot' & 'Parallax,'" will be given by Shahzia Sikander. Sikander is best known for her experimentation with the formal constructs of Indo-Persian miniature painting in a variety of formats and mediums, including video, animation, mural, and collaboration with other artists. Over the years, she has pio neered an interpretive and critically charged approach to the anachronistic genre of miniature painting. Underpinning the work is also Sikander's interest in paradox, societies in flux, and formal and visual disruption as a means to cultivate new associations.

Sikander has received the Medal of Art by the US Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton (2012), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement 'Genius Award (2006), and the National Pride of honor by the Pakistani Government (2005), among other awards and honors.  In 2006, the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland appointed Sikander as a Young Global Leader.  In 2010, Sikander was elected as National Academician by the National Academy in New York City.  Sikander served on the Master Jury 2013 for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.  She is a member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and is also a member of the board of trustees of Art21, the non-profit organization that produces Art in the Twenty-First Century documentaries.

In addition to her BFA in 1991 from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Sikander received her MFA in 1995 from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sikander's work launched a major following at the National College of Arts in Lahore during the 1990's, inspiring many others to re-contextualize the Indo-Persian miniature painting tradition.

Selected exhibitions include (solo): SFAI and Mass Art 2011-2012; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, 2009; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2007; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, 1999; The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 1998; T he 13th Istanbul Biennial, 2013; The 5th Auckland Triennial, 2013; The Sharjah Biennial 11, 2013; La Biennale di Venezia, 2005; 8th International Istanbul Biennial, 2003; The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, 1999; The Whitney Biennial Exhibition, 1997

Parallax Parallax
3-Channel HD Animation with 5.1 Surround Sound
Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE

The Last Post The Last Post
Single Channel HD Animation with 5.1 Surround Sound
Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai

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Symposium Schedule & Program

Friday, April 11, 2014

Symposium Schedule of Presentations

Symposium Program


Symposium Schedule

Please join us for a reception in the Honors College Atrium from 2 - 4 pm. 

Updated 2/17/2014

Important Dates for 2014


Date Event / Task

Friday, Nov. 22

Registration Opens for Creative Research Abstracts
Monday, Feb. 17 Registration Opens for All Research Abstracts
Monday, March 17 Draft abstracts are due to advisors
Friday, March 21 Registration closes
Draft posters are due to advisors
Thursday, March 27
Final PowerPoint files for
POSTERS are due for printing
Friday, March 28 Students are notified of acceptance and presentation schedule will be published
Friday, April 11 Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Research

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.
  Sample Abstract

" 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.

Poster Guidelines and Submission Instructions

See Important Dates for deadlines


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.


Poster Submission
  1. E-mail your poster PowerPoint (.pptx) file to your advisor using the words "Poster Submission" as the subject line.
  2. Your faculty advisor will review the file and then forward it to the Symposium Committee Chair.
  3. The Committee will review and approve the files.
  4. Once approved, the poster will be printed.
Fine Art Submission

Coordinate with Professor Dorotha Lemeh, 561-799-8019.

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 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.


Symposium Abstract, Poster, Visual Project Submission Form

See Important Dates for deadlines.

Registration is closed for the 2014 Honors College Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Research.

Giving a Speech: Tips & Tricks

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 your talk.

  • 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.

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.



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.
Last Modified 5/14/14