Where is the Symposium?
All activities will be in Dwinelle Hall in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus. Registration will be on the outdoor plaza and the plenary and breakout session will be in a variety of classrooms inside Dwinelle. Click here for the 2014 Program which lists classroom information.
I didn't pre-register, but can I still come?
Yes! We are accepting walk-ins the day of the event. Be sure to arrive no later than 8:30AM to give yourself time to register, pay and make a nametag. However, please note that since the catering order was placed based on pre-registrations, we will not be able to give you lunch ticket unless there are sufficient "no shows". Come with money to purchase lunch on nearby Telegraph avenue just in case.
What time does Registration Open?
Registration is open at 8AM. The Opening Ceremony starts at 9AM. We have over 300 people coming to the Symposium. We suggest you register early to avoid long lines.
What's the best way to get to the Symposium.
You should take Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) if at all possible. The Downtown Berkeley BART station is a short 10-15 minute walk from Dwinelle Hall. It is possible to take the BART both from the Oakland and San Francisco Airports.
I have to drive. Where should I park?
If you must drive, you'll need to park in a public lot off campus. Here is a link to a site with suggestions. TheTelegraph-Channing Garage is the closest to Dwinelle Hall.
What should I wear?
We suggest professional attire for presenters and business casual for attendees. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, especially if you're taking the campus tour. The Berkeley campus is lovely and hilly.
What is the day's schedule of events?
Here's a link to the page with detailed information on the schedule. In general, things officially start at 9AM and end at 3:30PM. The optional admissions workshop and campus tours occur after 3:30PM.
How do I know what talks to go to?
The 2014 Symposium Program is now available. Click here.
What food is provided?
Your conference registration fee includes a gourmet sandwich bag lunch. If you ordered a special meal (vegan, gluten free etc.) there will be a table with them clearly marked. Please check with the staff person there so they can ensure that you receive the correct lunch.
Do you have to be a presenter to attend?
Absolutey not. In fact most attendees are there simply to watch the presentations and support their fellow students. If you're a new Honors Student who aspires to present at the Symposium one day, you should definitely attend for the best idea of the kinds of projects which are selected.
What does the $25 cover?
This fee includes all Symposium activities, speakers and entertainment. It also includes lunch, a program, a commemorative water bottle and optional campus tours and admissions workshops.
I'm presenting and have some guests who want to see my talk. May they attend?
Every presenter is allowed up to two guests who may attend the talk. These guests do not need to pay but they may only go to their student's presentation and no other Symposium activities. Unpaid guests will need to sign in and out on the day of the event to receive a special guest pass. They will not receive a Symposium Program. If you have more than two people who want to see your talk, they will need to register and pay.
Should you have friends or family members who wish to attend the entire conference including lunch and the speakers and entertainment, they should register themselves at this site as "Paid Guests of a Student Presenter". Their registration fee is $25 and there is no limit to the number who may attend to support a student.
Is it too late to submit a proposal to present?
Yes. The deadline was February 16. We are no longer accepting proposals.
How many proposals did you receive? How many got in?
We received about 185 proposals this year from over 30 colleges statewide. 85 were selected to participate in this year's Symposium.
How are proposals selected?
A Proposal Committee made up of Bay Area honors professors screened all proposals and selected those that will be presented at the Symposium. This was an anonymous process meaning that names and colleges were kept secret until the selection process was completed. In the event of "close calls", please note that proposals from Northern California Colleges were 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.
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 2013 up to the present.
Can I just attend the Symposium without being a presenter?
Absolutely! The majority of attendees are there to support their chosen colleagues and enjoy a day of intellectual stimulation.