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Cal U Honors ConferencesEach year, students in the Honors Program have the opportunity to present their research at two national conferences. The National Collegiate Honors Council conference (NCHC) takes place in the fall, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) takes place in the spring. Students can participate in the conferences by presenting academic papers or posters, presenting artistic work, organizing workshops, and participating in panel discussions. Conferences are a great way to experience giving a presentation in a professional setting. Students will also learn about others’ research, and experience networking opportunities. Presenting at conferences looks great on a resumé and on applications for graduate programs. In order to present, the student’s work must be accepted by the conference. In the past, conferences have taken place in locations such as Chicago, Lexington, Denver, and New York City.


The 2015 NCHC conference will be taking place November 11-15 in Chicago. Last year, twenty Honors Program students participated and two students won awards for poster presentations. If you have presented at Intersections or another local conference, we encourage you to take your research to the national level and present at NCHC.  If you are a sophomore or junior and have begun a research project, this is a good opportunity for you to present your findings. NCHC also provides opportunities for students to serve as student moderators and participate in research panels, general sessions, roundtable discussions, and idea exchanges. For information on how to write a proposal for NCHC, follow the link provided on this page. Proposals must be e-mailed to Mr. Aune by 4:00 on Friday, February 20. For more information about NCHC, contact Mr. Aune and visit


The 2016 NCUR conference will be taking place April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina (Asheville). The NCUR is the premiere interdisciplinary conference for undergraduate research. We encourage any Honors student who has completed a term paper, research project, addendum, or conference paper in the past year to apply for NCUR.  Students working on their Honors theses are especially encouraged to apply.  If you have presented at Intersections or another local conference, we encourage you to take your research to the national level and present at NCUR. At NCUR, students can present academic papers or posters, and performing or visual arts pieces.  Please email your abstracts or proposals to Mr. Aune as email attachments by 12.00 noon, Monday November 16. If you have never presented at a conference before, please contact Mr. Aune or Dr. Fox for tips and advice. For more information about NCUR, contact Mr. Aune and visit

Strike A SparkStrike a Spark

Strike a Spark is an annual conference at Cal U where students can present their work. For more information, visit the Strike a Spark webpage at: