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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 2020 Student Interdisciplinary Symposium is: Global Perspectives: Understanding Our Complex World and will take place at MDC’s Hialeah Campus on Wednesday, March 11th.

4th Annual Student Interdisciplinary Symposium

4th Annual Student Interdisciplinary Symposium - March 11, 2020, 9:00 - 1:00 pm, room 5101


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, Global Perspectives: Understanding Our Complex World.

  • 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

Important Dates

November 6

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Fall Information Session


January 27

12:00 - 12:30 pm

Spring Information Session


February 3

8:00 - 8:30 am

Spring Information Session


February 6

Application and Abstracts Due


February 12


Final Decisions Announced


February 24

5:00 pm

Submission Deadline

March 11

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Student Interdisciplinary Symposium

(Registration begins at 8:30 am)


Submission Process

The deadline by which final posters and visual aids for oral presentations to be included in the Student Interdisciplinary Symposium are to be submitted to Dr. Molina or Dr. Thomas Johnson is 5:00 pm on February 24 with the subject line: Final Poster / Presentation Student Symposium.

Some project types also require that an abstract of the research conducted be submitted by February 6 to Dr. Molina or Dr. Thomas Johnson by email. See the application form below for more details.

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

Submissions will be reviewed by the planning committee and final decisions will be made by February 12. 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 by email or in person in the Academic Offices, room 2314.


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