Student Research Symposium 2017

 Announcing the Fifth Annual College of Liberal Arts Student Research Symposium: The Humanities, Social Sciences, and Interdisciplinarity.
The fifth annual CLA Student Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 26th and Thursday, April 27th, 2017, in the UCA Student Center.
Symposium Schedule:
UCA students–undergraduate and graduate–are encouraged to submit abstracts of their original research projects that resulted from courses in the College of Liberal Arts and focus on a humanities or social science topic. (Undergraduates need to consult with the faculty member who has had a role in helping the project take shape as the form asks for the project’s “faculty mentor.”) We especially welcome papers that are interdisciplinary in scope. Research papers as well as poster submissions will be considered. (Please prepare research papers suitable for a 15-minute presentation.)
Undergraduate abstracts are limited to 200 words; graduate abstracts are limited to 300 words.
Undergraduates should select presentation times on Thursday April 27th; Graduate students should select times on Wednesday afternoon, April 26th.
If a group of students (3-4) have completed projects on a similar theme, their papers can be submitted as a panel proposal, which means that those students will present their papers together in one panel. (While students should still submit an abstract for presentation as part of a panel, panel proposals should also be submitted by a faculty mentor.)
Please select the appropriate link below for abstract submission.
Fall DeadlineSubmit abstracts by Friday, December 9, for presentation at the spring symposium.
Spring Deadline: In the spring, students will be invited to submit abstracts by Friday, April  14th. (We offer two deadlines to encourage submission of projects completed during both semesters.)


Thursday, April 27:  Dr. Vilahomat’s Keynote Address in the Student Center Ballroom 205A at 5:00 p.m

About the Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker for the CLA Symposium is José Vilahomat, Professor of Spanish at Hendrix College.

The following information comes from his online program profile:

José Ramón Vilahomat Gonzalez was born in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. His family settled in a suburb of Havana in 1962 where he lived until the age of 27. In 1978, Vilahomat studied Physics in the School of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Havana, in which labs he worked for eight years as a Planar Technician, building solar cells and other non-conventional sources of energy in the Solid State Department. He combined his years in the lab with a new career, Philology that was more in line with his love for poetry and creative writing.

Vilahomat graduated in 1992 in Philology with a specialization on Cuban literature with a thesis on the Cuban writer Ezequiel Vieta. After defecting from Cuba in 1994 he finished a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Spanish, both at Florida International University. Some of Vilahomat’s work experience includes being a librarian at the cultural institution “Casa de las Americas” in Havana, a professional printer at Associated Photo in Miami, a paraprofessional of profound-mentally handicapped students, a high school teacher, a translator, an urnalist.

Description of Dr. Vilahomat’s talk:

This is a personal story that he will tie into larger events both past and present. During the Cold War, he worked within the Cuban government in several roles: as a young literary analyst, as a censor of sorts regarding what articles could be published in journals (he gave his recommendations directly to Che Guevara’s daughter Aleida!), and even as part of a committee regarding whom would receive the few coveted automobiles available. He gradually grew disillusioned with the Castro regime and finally plotted and successfully pulled off his own defection in 1994. He was allowed to stay in the United States due to the Cuban Adjustment Act (1986). In terms of present events, he will discuss Fidel Castro’s recent death and how he is somewhat conflicted with the recent opening-up of Cuba under the Obama administration, because he knows that when most people go there as tourists they are not shown all of the real Cuba or told the whole story. On the other hand, he feels that in some ways the mere fact that people can come and go more freely is a positive step. In fact, he has been back more than once to the island himself.


















To read the student papers presented at 2014 Student Research Symposium, please go to Student Research Journal