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.

the 8th annual hpu capstone symposium WAS held on april 23, 2020 online


Visit the 2020 Capstone Symposium Event Website for presentation videos and slides.

SESSION ONE: 1:00 -  2:30 p.m.
SESSION TWO: 2:30 -  4:00 p.m.
SESSION THREE: 4:00 - 5:30 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: Poster (paper and multi-media) presentations in 3 sessions (1:00 -  2:30 p.m., 2:30 -  4:00 p.m., 4:00 - 5:30 p.m)

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)


Deadline for application: 12:00 noon, Monday April 6, 2020

Acceptance notification: Friday April 10, 2020

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
  • Case study category: include case study’s purpose, case description, findings, and 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 at this link. 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. See Instructions for Capstone Mentor.

For more information, visit pages on presentation guidelines, rubrics, logistics for presenters, past symposia, and past awards from the navigation bar.

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

Organizers: Capstone Symposium Sub-Committee (Dr. Hanh Nguyen, Dr. Valentina Abordonado, Dr. Wendy Lam, Dr. Noelia Paez, Dr. Ngoc Phan, Dr. Mary Smith), a part of the Program Review and Learning Assessment Committee

Questions? Contact Dr. Hanh Nguyen