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Student Interdisciplinary Symposium at Hialeah Campus

This guide contains resources for students participating in the annual Student Interdisciplinary Symposium


Open to all MDC Hialeah Campus students, the Student Interdisciplinary Symposium aims to promote scholarship and research, and in particular, interdisciplinary collaborations. The goal of this annual Symposium is to provide an opportunity for “future scholars” to share their explorations, discoveries, and reflections with their peers and the broader academic community.

The Symposium features poster sessions, round table discussions, oral presentations, and information tables.

The theme of the 2018 Student Interdisciplinary Symposium is: Networks of Life: Relationships Between Organisms, Their Environments, And The Systems In Which They Exist and will take place at MDC’s Hialeah Campus on Wednesday, March 28th.

2nd Annual Student Interdisciplinary Symposium

2nd Annual Student Interdisciplinary Symposium - March 28, 2018, 10:00 - 2:00 pm, room 5101

Important Dates

November 15

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Fall Information Session


November 29

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Fall Workshop Session


January 24

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Spring Information Session


February 7

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Spring Workshop Session


February 22

Abstracts Due

February 28


Submission Deadline


March 6

Final Decisions Announced

March 28

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Student Interdisciplinary Symposium

(Registration begins at 9:00 am)



All students are encouraged to submit their work for inclusion in the Student Interdisciplinary Symposium. Any student wishing to have their research project included may due so so long as it meets with the symposium requirements.

  • The symposium will feature poster sessions, round table discussions, oral presentations, and information tables. If your project does not fit into one of these formats, please contact Dr. Molina for additional possibilities.

  • The presentation can be on a research project, Service Learning project, Honors project, or other scholarly work you are currently working on or have worked on in the past which you are especially proud of and would like to share.

  • The project should relate to all or part of the symposium theme, Networks of Life: Relationships Among Organisms, Their Environments, and the Systems in Which They Exist.

  • All projects require that a member of the faculty mentor you through the process of research and preparation for the symposium.

Specific guidelines on how to prepare your presentations are listed below.


Poster Preparation

Conference Poster - Layout & Sample

Poster Preparation - design and layout

Sample Conference Poster

Submission Process

It is not necessary to submit the project in its entirety until the end of February, an abstract of the research conducted is all that is needed by Thursday, February 22nd. Please email the abstract to Dr. Molina or Dr. Thomas Johnson.

The deadline by which all projects to be included in the Student Interdisciplinary Symposium are to be submitted to Dr. Molina or Dr. Thomas Johnson is end of day Wednesday, February 28th.

Student projects should have been approved prior to the submission deadline by either their faculty mentor or Dr. Molina.

Submissions will be reviewed by the planning committee and final decisions will be made by Tuesday, March 6th. It is recommended that you submit your abstract early as they will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Please see the Student Interdisciplinary Symposium Application Form for additional Presenter and Project Criteria as well as Faculty Sponsor Criteria. Application forms are to be submitted to Dr. Molina or Dr. Thomas Johnson.


Writing an Abstract

There are a number of helpful online resources on writing abstracts, including Purdue OWL's Writing Report Abstracts. The tutors and librarians at Learning Resources are also available to help and review your work.


APA Style Citations

Librarians at Learning Resources are available to review citations and assist with APA Style. Additionally, guidance and examples of APA style citations can be found on Purdue OWL's APA Formatting and Style Guide. For those unfamiliar with APA Style, The Basics of APA Style tutorial from the American Psychological Association will introduce you to the structuring, formatting, and referencing of APA Style.


Interested in participating in the MDC Student Interdisciplinary Symposium at Hialeah Campus? For further information contact:

Mariana Molina: 305.237.8718 | Allison Thomas Johnson: 305.237.8865

Alex Hernandez: 305.237.8630 | Christina Machado Dillon: 305.237.8655