Where is the Symposium?
Registration and all breakout sessions will be in History Corner of Stanford University, otherwise known as "Building 200". This is just off the Oval where Palm Drive ends at the campus. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be in the Annenberg Auditorium, a 1 minute walk away from History Corner. Click here for a map and directions.
Where should I park? Do I need a permit?
Parking is free at Stanford on Saturdays. If you arrive early enough you'll find spots on "The Oval" where Palm Drive ends at the campus. Once these are gone you should park at the Galvez Lot a short walk awway. Click here for more details.
What time does registration open?
Registration is open at 8AM. The Opening Ceremony starts at 9AM. We have over 350 people coming to the Symposium. We suggest you arrive early to avoid long lines.
Is it too late to register online for the Symposium?
Yes. The deadline to register online was April 11.
I didn't register online but I still want to attend. What do I do?
You may register as a "walk-in" attendee the day of the event. However, please make sure you arrive no later than 8:30AM to give yourself time to pay and make a nametag.
Also, be aware that as a walk-in attendee, you will be on your own for lunch and you may not receive a Symposium water bottle. All orders for these items were based on the online registrations. Often we have enough "no-shows" that we can accommodate you, but no promises. Bring some money just in case you need to purchase lunch at the Stanford Student Union.
I'm a presenter. Can I have guests attend the Symposium just to see my talk?
You may have up to two guests attend your talk free of charge. These guests MUST check-in at the Registration Tables immediately before your presentation session and receive a guest nametag which is required to enter your room. Guests may only stay for this hour, and will not be allowed into any of the plenary sessions or other presentations throughout the day. Guests then need to check out and return their nametags or your college could be charged for them.
Please note that friends and family who would like to attend the entire day with you are more than welcome to register for the entire Symposium as walk-ins if they have not done so already.
How do I pay my registration fee?
If you registered online in advance, payments for registration and T-shirts should have already been sent by your college's Honors Director/Coordinator. If s/he has not done so your nametag and program will be held at a line for unpaid registrants.
Walk-in registrants need to pay as they register. The Bay Honors Consortium accepts cash and checks.
What is the day's schedule?
The Symposium begins at 9AM and ends at 3:30PM. In addition there are optional admisisons workshops and campus tours following the Symposium that run until 5:30PM.
For more details click here.
Is the Symposium Program available yet?
Yes! Click here.
Is it too late to submit a proposal to present at the Symposium?
Yes. The deadline has passed.
How many proposals did you receive? How many students are presenting?
This year we received 208 proposals, a 13% increase over the 184 we got in 2014. We selected 88 to present this year from a wide range of topics including mathematics, literature, polital science, science, anthropology, communication/rhetoric, philosophy and more..
How were the speakers selected?
A Proposal Committee made up of Bay Area honors professors screened all proposals and selected the 88 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". .
What food is provided?
Your conference registration fee includes a delicious boxed 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.
What should I wear?
Presenters will be dressed up as if they're going to an important job interview. For everyone else we suggest business casual, keeping in mind the hot weather and the need for comfortable shoes if you're planning on a campus tour.
Is Stanford Taiko really performing?
Yes. We think they rock, and you will too once you hear them in the Closing Ceremony from 2:30-3:30PM. Don't miss it! Here's their website.