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Capstone Symposium

Audiences: HPU students and faculty, student families, potential employers, community members

Goals: The Capstone Symposium promotes academic excellence, learning with real-world purposes, interdisciplinary exchanges, and HPU-community connection.

The Capstone Symposium provides presenters opportunities to

-          share what they have accomplished in their degree program

-          showcase their competency, creativity, and innovation in certain areas

-          relate discipline-specific learning outcomes to real world applications

-          link their knowledge and abilities to future employment or higher education

-          substantiate professional development and achievement

The Capstone Symposium enables the audience to learn about

-          what HPU students can accomplish by the time they graduate

-          what different degree programs can offer

-          how HPU contributes to the local community and the world

Presentation Formats: Posters (paper and multi-media), featured presentations (oral, 25 minutes each)

Presenter Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students who are completing a capstone experience in the current semester or have completed a capstone experience in the semester before the current semester. Capstone experiences include but are not limited to achievement portfolio, senior project, thesis, practicum, internship, professional paper, field experience, co-op experience, clinical assignment. Presenters need to submit an application form (available at Capstone Symposium’s website) and be recommended by a faculty member.

Prizes: Top 3 oral presentations and top 3 poster/multimedia  presentations in both undergraduate and graduate competitions. 

Deadline for application:

Assistance:  Visit our website to learn about how to maximize participation in the Capstone Symposium in career development and how to develop multimedia posters.

Organizers: Learning Assessment Committee, Career Services, Graduate Education Council

Contact: Capstone Symposium Coordinator: Mary L. Smith


The PDF application can be viewed by clicking this link.

Alternatively, you can download it as a MS WORD file here.


What is the Capstone Experience?



Capstone experience integrates coursework, knowledge, skills and experiential learning to enable the student to demonstrate a broad mastery of learning across the curriculum for further career advancement.

The capstone experience enables students to:

-          have an overview of what they have accomplished in their degree program

-          relate discipline-specific learning outcomes to the real world

-          link their knowledge and abilities to future employment or higher education

-          showcase their competency in certain areas

-          substantiates personal and academic learning as well as professional development and achievement.


Capstone experiences include but are not limited to

-          culminating senior experiences

  • achievement portfolio
  • senior project
  • thesis
  • comprehensive examination

-          practicum

-          internship

-          field experience, co-op experience, clinical assignment

-          study abroad

Capstone experience can be implemented as a capstone course or as capstone experience that is spread out in several courses in a degree program.


Capstone experience typically involves:

-          integrating and extending knowledge, skills, perspectives gained through previous coursework, thus demonstrating program’s outcomes concretely

-          reflecting on the social context, the body of literature, or the conceptual framework to which the student’s capstone work poses a contribution.

-          bridging coursework with students’ careers after graduation

-          preparing students for life-long learning

-          the outcome is a tangible product to be presented to the public (written work, oral presentation, multimedia productions in various forms such as websites, CDs, DVDs)

-          topics are selected by students and approved by faculty

           Instructors can download the Capstone Experience Outcomes here.


Presentation Guidelines




Effective poster presentations always:

  • Focus on a single message
  • Use visuals to tell the story
  • Use text sparingly but effectively
  • Keep the sequence in order

When designing a poster, keep these tips in mind:

  • Know who your audience is and adjust your language to suit them
  • Avoid confusing technical jargon so that people from other fields can read your poster(s) with ease
  • Your poster should tell your audience what your objectives are and should clearly lay out your Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion sections.

More Things to consider when designing a poster:

  • Determine your message and your audience and let the visuals speak for themselves, as much as possible
  • Decide on the size of your poster because that will help you decide what goes into and what gets left out of the poster. Check with conference organizers whether they have specific requirements which participants are required to follow. To view a sample of submission guidelines, click this link
  • Decide on your layout, color scheme and font size
  • What is your budget?

Click here for a video presentation on the effective use of posters.


Past Symposia

Click here for the 2014 program.

Previous programs:

Click here for the 2013 program.


2013 Capstone Symposium

Oral Presentations

1st place 

Lady Renee Consolacion and Kaudyna Polewacz

Biochemistry: “Site-directed Mutagensesis of GABAA  Receptor”

2nd place

Patricia Tate, Marine Biology: “Hawaiian Monk Seal Survivorship”

Nicholas Becher, English: “The Collective Evolution of Culture: A Mediation of Universalism and   Relativism through Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman”

3rd place

Abraham Pineda, Joshua Cayco and Mark Evangelista, Computer Science: “SushiOnWheels: Catering Website Revamp”

Poster presentations

1st place

Shoihei Sasahara, Precious Binas and Nathaniel Befus

Computer Information Systems, Computer Science: “Redesign of the HPU Tutoring Management System”

2nd place 

Andrew Worthen and William Gray

Multimedia Cinematic Production: “808 Mafia”

3rd place

Lauren Victoria

Integrated Multimedia - “Corporate Branding and Design Project for Nilma Hunter Creations

Congratulations to all the presenters!

2014 Capstone Symposium

Undergraduate Oral Presentation

1st Place:

Danae DeRaad & Aaron Thomas Biochemistry/Chemistry - undergrad-Mutations in the GABA Receptor involved in Epilepsy

2nd Place:

Cole Parks & Matt Troglia - Applied Math - undergrad - Are you safe in your apartment building? Modeling the effect of earthquakes on tall buildings

3rd Place:

Kevin Goo, Brent Nagareda, & Revelyn Cabaya - Computer Science/Computer Information Systems - undergrad - ‘Olelo Online Form Redesign

Undergraduate Poster Presentation

1st Place:

Michelle Chung, Mia Davis, Barton Felipe, Andrew Lum, Bronson Maulupe Kanae, Amy McAllister, Chassidy Sakamoto, & Meera Venkatesh - International Business, Travel and Hospitality Management

Computer Information Systems - undergrad - Ikaros Consulting’s Strategic Audit of Hawaiian Airlines

2nd Place:

Brandon Funai - TESOL - undergrad - Determining appropriate teaching materials for English - learning students

3rd Place:

Matt Archick, Jabari Brooks, & Estefania Duterte - Computer Information Systems 

Computer Science - undergrad - Ulu Hoku: Project Management & Android Development Graduate Oral Presentation

1st Place:

Chrysa Stiano - TESOL  - grad - A Showcase and Evaluation of my Content-based Teaching Unit: Opportunities in the US Armed Forces

2nd Place:

Trevor Tresselle - Diplomacy & Military Studies - grad - Eisenhower’s Psychological War: The Use of Music to Buttress Americanism

2nd Place:

Damion Mullins - Financial Economics & Information Systems - grad - Book Catalog and Inventory System Graduate Poster Presentation

1st Place:

Enoy Vongsay, Jon Watanabe, Chun-Ju Lee, & Wan-Chi Chang - Information Systems - grad - State of Hawaii, Transformation Internship Program (TIP) Bureau of Conveyance Automated Attendant

2nd Place:

Daniel Gallegos, Janice Jensen, Mubarak Albishi, Shadi Al - Thakafi, & Abo Fahad - Information Systems - grad - Total Modernization of Information Technology Infrastructure – Department of Human Resources Development (Information Systems Office)