Capstone Symposium

Capstone Symposium

Capstone Symposium

The Capstone Symposium is an annual event at Hawaii Pacific University to promote academic excellence, learning with real-world purposes, interdisciplinary exchanges, and HPU-community connections.


HPU's 11th annual capstone symposium will be held VIRTUALLY on friday april 28, 2023


View 2022 Capstone Symposium Event website


  • Opening Ceremony: 12:45-1:00 p.m.
  • Session One: 1:00 -  2:30 p.m.
  • Session Two: 2:30 -  4:00 p.m.
  • Session Three: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Award Ceremony: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. 


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



  • 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



  • 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 Format: Concurrent presentations in 3 sessions (1:00 -  2:30 p.m., 2:30 -  4:00 p.m., 4:00 - 5:30 p.m). See  Presentation Guidelines.


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 a proposal (see link below) and be recommended by a faculty member.


Awards: Undergraduate and Graduate students compete within their division for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Research Award
  • Outstanding Project with Practical Application Award
  • Outstanding Creative Work Award
  • Outstanding Internship/Practicum Award 
  • College Dean's Awards (one award in each college)
  • Most Commented Presentation Video Award  (for virtual symposium only)


Deadline for 2023 application: 12:00 noon, Monday April 10, 2023


Acceptance notification: Friday April 14, 2023


Proposal submission:  Your proposal must include a title (maximum 20 words) and an abstract with content appropriate to your capstone experience category (maximum 200 words).

What to include in your abstract:

  • Research category: include theoretical framework, research questions, methods, findings, and implications
  • Project with practical application category: include purpose, theoretical background, relevance, outcomes, and broader implications
  • Creative work category: include motivation for work, description of work, innovation or creative aspects, how the work demonstrates culmination of learning and broader connections
  • Internship/practicum experience category: include description of internship site, learning points gained in experience, connection between practice and theory, and implications for future career and broader audience

Submit your proposal through the EasyChair conference management system [link to be updated for 2023]. You will need to set up a free account with EasyChair, log in to your account, then click again on the link to the EasyChair conference given above. You can then enter as an author and submit your proposal. It is important to click on the EasyChair conference link again after you have logged in because your account does not automatically link to the current year's Capstone Symposium.

Each proposal must be endorsed by a Capstone Mentor via this Mentor's Endorsement Form.

For more information, see presentation guidelines and past symposia.


Sponsors: Office of Academic Affairs, College Deans, Career Services Center, Marketing and Communications

Organizers: Capstone Symposium Sub-Committee: Dr. Valentina Abordonado (Office of Academic Affairs), Dr. Hanh Nguyen (College of Liberal Arts), Dr. Wendy Lam (College of Business), Dr. Noelia Paez (College of Business), Dr. Mary Smith (College of Natural and Computer Sciences), Dr. Brett Neilson (College of Health and Society), a part of the Program Review and Learning Assessment Committee


Questions? Contact Dr. Hanh Nguyen