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Welcome to the 2020 Student Scholar Symposium!

Chapman University understands the importance of undergraduate research and creative activity as a fundamental piece of a student's academic journey.  The Center of Undergraduate Excellence continuously strives to support and provide opportunities for undergraduates to thrive and expand their research knowledge and creative accomplishments. The Student Scholar Symposium celebrates the breadth and depth of scholarly research and creative exploration by Chapman University undergraduate students.

Experience a showcase of projects from diverse academic and creative disciplines. Interact with student researchers and their innovative exhibits, reflecting rigorous inquiry happening across the campus.


To help you navigate the site, find presentations, and improve your overall symposium experience, please review the Quick Tips and view one of the tutorials before entering the virtual symposium. 


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Attendee Quick Tips

  • All presentations are Pacific Standard Time
  • Presentations can easily be located by date, presentation type, session time, discipline, general search, or Abstract Volume. 
  • All live presentations will take place in a Microsoft Teams meeting room.  You do not have to have a Teams account to enter a presentation.
  • You can engage with the presenter but enter all presentations with the audio off.
  • You can click and drag to see different areas of the shared content or zoom in and out. 

View the one of the following for more details and quick tips – 

Attendee Symposium Tutorial – video 

Attendee Symposium Tutorial – PowerPoint


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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, May 5

Poster Presentations-Session I

Poster Presentations-Session II

Oral Presentations-Session I

Film and Media Arts-Session I

Oral Presentations-Session II

Film and Media Arts-Session II

Visual Art Presentations-Session I

Oral Presentations-Session III









Wednesday, May 6

Oral Presentations-Session IV

Oral Presentations-Session V

Oral Presentations-Session VI

Poster Presentations-Session III

Oral Presentations-Session VII

Poster Presentations-Session IV

Oral Presentations-Session VIII

Oral Presentations-Session IX









Past Keynote Speakers

2019: Dr. Zeinab Dabbah '12, born in Cairo, Egypt and received her MD at Cairo University, She graduated cum laude in 2012 with an Emphasis in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution from the Fowler School of Law, and recipient of the Chapman University Distinguished Alumni Award. Watch Zeinab Dabbah's Keynote! 

2018: Frederick J. Simon, 20 years of service with the FBI, Office of Public and Congressional Affairs, Evidence Response Team

2018: Anissa Hassouna, Member of Egyptian Parliament, Frist woman elected to the Board of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and Author of Without a Prior Notice. Watch Anissa Hassouna's Keynote! 

2017: Carolyn Forche, Award-winning Poet of Witness, Human Rights Advocate, Chapman University Presidential Fellows, Director of Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University. Watch Carolyn Forche's Keynote!

2017: Mike Paul Hughes, NASA Engineer, Music Producer, Composer, Writer, Inspirational Speaker. Deputy Project Manager, ASPIRE, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and Researcher in Advanced Mars Entry, Descent and Landing Systems. Watch Mike Paul Hughes' Keynote!

2016: Nancy Perloff, Ph. D., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Collections for the Getty Research Institute. As a trained musicologist and art historian, scholarly research and creative activity have played an integral role in Perloff’s life and career. Watch Nancy Perloff's Keynote!

2016: Robert Akscyn, Founder and President of Knowledge Systems, Hypertext pioneer, First Chair of SIGLINK, ACM’s special Interest Group on Hypertext and the Web, honored by field colleagues via “Akscyn’s Law,” former Chairman of the Board for 4 high-technologies companies. Watch Robert Akscyn's Keynote!

2015: Kenneth E. Phillips, Ph.D., Curator for Aerospace Science at the California Science Center, Caretake of Space Shuttle Endeavor. Watch Kenneth E. Phillips' Keynote!

2015:  M.G. Lord, Cultural critic, investigative journalist, and comedian. Author of The Accidental Feminist, Astro Turf, and Forever Barbie. Former Newsday editorial cartoonist.

2014: Akin C. Ceylan, COO Home Entertainment, Lionsgate. Chapman University Alumnus, Class of 1990, Chapman Alumni Association Board, VP Communications.

2014: Jennifer Backhaus, Founder and Artistic Director of Backhausdance, OC award-winning contemporary dance company. One of OC Metro's "40 Under 40" in 2009. Alumna of the year, Chapman University. Teaching Artist for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts' community education program.

2013: Robert Diaz, Corporate Transactional Attorney, Finlayson Williams Toffer Roosevelt & Lilly LLP., Chapman University Alumnus, Class of 1997.

2012: Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College and Magician.

Digital Commons

Chapman University Digital Commons is an open access digital repository designed to collect, store, index, and provide access to the scholarly and creative output of Chapman University faculty, students, staff, and affiliates. In it are faculty research papers and books, data sets, outstanding student work, audiovisual materials, images, special collections, and more, all created by members of or owned by Chapman University.

If you present at the Student Scholar Symposium, your poster will be uploaded to the Digital Commons. You can access the Digital Commons here.


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