When is the Proposal Deadline?
Saturday, February 14, 2015
When can I submit my Proposal?
Submit your proposal online by clicking here.
How are proposals selected?
A Proposal Committee made up of Bay Area honors professors screens all proposals and selects those that will be presented at the Symposium. This is an anonymous process meaning that names and colleges are kept secret until the selection process is completed. In the event of "close calls", please note that proposals from Northern California Colleges are given preference.
While we are limited by classroom space to the number of presentations we can choose, we also only select those which are truly oustanding. We really mean it when we say this Symposium features the "Best Honors Student Research". In past years this has meant choosing between 70-85 proposals, but quality, before numbers, drives the selection process.
What makes for a strong proposal?
There are many tips and samples on this website to help you prepare a strong proposal. Please review them thoroughly. Accepted proposals are not only immaculately written, but they also make clear whar the research question was, why this is an important question, how the project was carried out, and what the results were. Projects with up-to-date or current topics are especially encouraged.
How will I know if my proposal was accepted?
All students who submit a presentation proposal will receive an e-mail by mid-March telling them the status of their project. Your Honors Director/Coordinator will also receive a list at the same time of all accepted students.
Who is eligible to present at the Symposium?
Any California community college Honors Student is eligible to present at the Symposium. The work for your presentation should have been done from Spring 2014 up to the present.
Can I just attend the Symposium without being a presenter?
Absolutely! The majority of attendees are there to support their fellow students and enjoy a day of intellectual stimulation.