Is it too late to submit a proposal to present at the Symposium?
Yes. The deadline has passed.
How many proposals did you receive?
This year we received 208 proposals, a 13% increase over the 184 we got in 2014.
How will I learn whether my proposal was accepted?
All students who submitted a presentation abstract will hear via e-mail about its status. We anticipate notification e-mails will go out mid-March. Honors Directors/Coordinators will also receive a master list at this time with all the decisions regarding their college.
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 what 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.
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.