Muthahar Syed and Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng

2017 Federation Symposium Award Symposium

Annual Federation Research Symposium

The Federation of North Texas Area Universities is a consortium of three institutions in the North Texas area: Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M University—Commerce, and the University of North Texas. The primary purpose of the Federation is to engage in institutional collaborations for excellence in selected graduate degree programs and fields of study, to facilitate graduate students’ professional development and research opportunities, and to coordinate administrative services for the benefit of graduate students at the three institutions. The Federation has operated since 1968 when it was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Students present posters in two categories:
1) Humanities, Education, Social Sciences, & Business; OR
2) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

  • 1st Place - $500
  • 2nd Place - $250
  • 3rd Place - $100
The 8th Annual Federation Graduate Student Research Symposium was held on Friday, March 31, 2017 in the Hubbard Hall Southwest Ballroom at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

If you would like to participate in the next symposium, please email an approval form along with your name, student ID, email address, title of research, and department name, along with an abstract of your research to the ORSP at  After you have received approval of your abstract, you may then register online to attend.

Each university will only be allotted space for 20 posters. Once a university has reached 20 posters, additional registrants from that university will be added to a waitlist. After the registration deadline, students from the waitlist may be invited to participate if there are open spaces available.  Do not wait until the last day and assume you will be allowed to participate.  Only 20 approved students will be allowed to attend.

Please view the Federation website ( for updated information about each presentation session, registration, etc. For additional information or questions, please contact the ORSP ( or 903-886-5964, or in person on campus in LIB 225.

Poster Guidelines

  • Only one poster per presenter can be accommodated.
  • Master’s and doctoral students from any of the Federation campuses (Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, or University of North Texas) are eligible to participate in the symposium.
  • Posters measuring 4 feet x 3 feet are preferred, but a limited number of larger posters can be accommodated. Posters must not exceed 6 feet x 5 feet. They must be mounted with pushpins; staples and tape cannot be used.
  • Lightweight materials should be used.
  • Place Title, Author(s), Department, University, and Mentor’s Name at the top center of the posters. If there is more than one author, identify the presenter(s) with an asterisk.
  • The title should be in letters at least ½” high. Materials will have to be read by attendees from a distance of 3 feet or more, so lettering on illustrations should be large and legible.
  • Material should be displayed in logical sequence (introduction, development, and conclusion).
  • Simplicity, ease of reading, etc., are more important than artistic flair.
  • Presenters are responsible for mounting their own posters prior to the opening of the session and for removing them after the luncheon.
  • Presenters may distribute summaries of their research. No duplication facilities will be available. Presenters may also wish to provide sign-up sheets for attendees who may want additional information, reprints, etc.
  • Presenters must remain by their posters during the judging period and be ready to discuss their research and respond to questions.
  • Each student should be prepared to give a brief oral presentation of his or her research. This discussion should be clear and concise, and should include the major points presented on the poster. It must not exceed 5 minutes; judges will be instructed to observe this time limit. Your presentation should be understandable to both expert and non-expert audiences.

Federation Symposium Approval form