16th Annual Fisk Research Symposium

April 9-10, 2014

The 16th Annual Fisk University Research Symposium will be held on April 9-10, 2014, in the Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall, Fisk University. The objective of the symposium is to promote research and inter-disciplinary collaboration. The symposium provides an opportunity for our students and faculty to share the results of their recent research efforts with their peers and the university community. Students, faculty, and administrators from all disciplines are invited to submit their abstracts and posters.


  • Abstracts Due (MS Word format, 250 words):  March 21, 2014 [Abstract Form ]
  • Acceptance Notification: March 28, 2014
  • Poster Submission for Printing  (PPT or PDF format): April 06, 2014
    You cannot use Poster Printing Facility after due date
  • All posters and presentations: April 9, 2014
  • Keynote Presentation: April 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Please Submit abstracts here: http://tinyurl.com/frs2014

Click here for Detailed Schedule

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Juan E. Gilbert

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert

Title: Research with Societal Impacts: Voting Rights through Technology


In this keynote, Dr. Gilbert will discuss the career opportunities for Fisk graduates and their national peers, and how computational thinking and research applied to societal challenges can help transform our world. His particular example will be how research in voting technologies is changing the way people vote in the U.S.A.

Short Bio

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert, is a prominent American computer scientist, researcher, inventor, and educator. A staunch advocate of diversity in the computing sciences, Gilbert's successful efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the computing disciplines have been recognized by professional engineering organizations and the United States government. In honor of both his accomplishments and his service to the university, Gilbert was awarded the first Presidential Endowed Chair at Clemson University on November 9, 2012. With appointments in both the School of Computing and the Department of Automotive Engineering, Gilbert currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Division of Human-Centered Computing at Clemson University.

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert - 2014 Honors Convocation

Best Paper Award

The "best paper" will be selected in each major for which a sufficient number of abstracts are received. Majors may be combined within a school to create a category for the award. All posters will be evaluated by a team of judges.

Click here to view Sample Judging Form

About Symposium

Fisk is renowned for engaging students in research and scholarly activities. Empirical research and scholarship are grounded in our academic curriculum, campus support services, and community activities. Our faculty, students and administrators emphasize the discovery and advancement of knowledge through research in the natural and social sciences, business and the humanities. Learn more about the Fisk Research Symposium.

Financial Support

We highly appreciate the financial support from our sponsors.

Dr. Eguene Collins
Dr. Collins, Director of the Fisk Center for Physics and Chemistry of Materials (CPCoM), a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) at Fisk University, has graciously confirmed that, as done in the past, CPCoM will co-sponsor the Symposium by covering the costs of printing the Symposium booklet. CPCoM will also cover the expenses of the printing supplies (special poster paper and plotter ink cartridges) for students and faculty opting to use the CPCoM printing room in Dubois Hall.

Dr. Arnold Burger
Dr Burger has announced that a Title VII Grant will provide the financial support to partially cover the cost of refreshments during symposium.

About Fisk University

Every year top students from the United States and across the globe choose Fisk as their portal to excel in their academic and professional careers. Learn more about Fisk.