Submitting to the NCHC Convention
"The Honors program’s support of my research has helped prepare me for graduate school. After returning from Costa Rica where I was studying globalization policy in 2008, I was encouraged to present my research at the regional Honors conference. At that meeting, I gained integral feedback from Honors professors and students from around the country. I have had equally beneficial experiences at the NCHC annual meetings in Denver and Washington D.C. At these conferences, which were paid for by our Honors program, I established relationships with amazing students, faculty and staff from many different institutions."
Westminster College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), which sponsors an annual convention attended by about 2000 undergraduates, professors, and administrators from Honors programs around the country. Representatives from Westminster College attend the convention each year to participate in workshops, attend sessions, and enjoy the many entertaining diversions of the host city. Students who are interested in attending should consult the director of Honors and read the following guidelines about making a proposal. This year's meeting will be on Nov. 6-10, 2013 in New Orleans. Our Honors program typically sends anywhere from 4-8 students to this meeting.
1. It costs about $1,000-$1,300 to send a single student to the meeting and we will do our best to underwrite much of that cost for students whose papers are accepted. Certainly we will pay the $450 registration fee for everybody and offset as much as possible the flight and hotel costs, depending on how many proposals are accepted. However, given the increase in conference fees, students may be asked to pay for some of their expenses.
2. Submitting is easy! There are three primary ways for students to participate:
Other alternative ways to participate include diversity panels, idea exchanges, roundtables, and master classes. All you need is an idea and a way to describe it clearly. All application forms are available online at the conference website. The different types of proposal options are discussed as well. In most cases you will just need to describe your idea in 50 words. (You do have to create an on-line account before making a proposal.)
The panel sessions also require 200-word abstracts, while the student research panel sessions will require you to upload copies of your paper in April. To brainstorm about ideas for paper proposals, see old copies of the NCHC program in the Honors Resource Library, download an electronic pdf version of the 2010 meeting in Kansas City, or talk to Honors students who have attended previous conferences (see old copies of Honorable Mention). Warning: Don't print the conference program, as it's 200+ pages long.
3. The final deadline for online submission is March 4, 2013. Professor Badenhausen must sign off on your project by sending NCHC an email certifying your project, so let him know what you are up to--otherwise, NCHC will not accept the submission. Don't wait until the final deadline to do it.
4. The NCHC runs hundreds of sessions, so be as creative as you want. You can propose a session consisting of just yourself; a session with one, two, or three other students interested in the same topic; or a session with a professor (and other students) from a class. See the conference forms for different options and talk to Professors Badenhausen or Goldmsith, who can help shape your proposal.
5. If you have an idea for a session and are looking for fellow panelists for your proposal (perhaps students who might be interested in the same topic), why not run your idea by other Westminster College Honors students by sending an email message to the Honors students email distribution list?
6. Email Prof. Badenhausen or Prof. Goldmsith if you want to talk about your idea. They are also available to help you write your 50-word description and 200-word abstract. Submission of a proposal is your acknowledgment that you will attend NCHC if your application is accepted.
7. The deadline for proposals is March 4, 2013, so start early!