One of the benefits of being an honors student is joining an honors society. If your campus doesn't have one of these clubs, consider starting a chapter. Alpha Gamma Sigma Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society   Honors Societies by Major Alpha Beta Gamma - Business Psi Beta - National Honor Society in Psychology      


The Honors Transfer Council of California Proudly Announces:

The Seventeenth Annual HTCC Student Research Conference for California Community Colleges

Saturday, April 1, 2017 Hosted by the University of California, Irvine

Conference Application Period: Nov/Dec 2016 Contact your campus Honors Director for your specific campus deadline. Acceptance Notification: Late January, 2017  

Event Information

All HTCC Student Research Conference activities will take place in the Conference Center that is part of the UCI Student Center Building Map. Please park in the Student Center Parking Structure (located on the corner of Pereira Dr. and West Peltason). Note that there is an $10 per vehicle fee (for both this and ecological reasons, we highly recommend carpooling or using public transportation whenever possible). The Student Center is just across Pereira Dr. (building 113 in the red area near the top of this map). You will also see HTCC directional signs to the conference venue from the parking area. The HTCC annual student research conference gives students in community college honors programs the opportunity to present the results of their work. We invite research-based presentations and creative performances reflecting inquiry into the humanities, sciences, arts, social sciences and pre-professional programs; we also welcome results of research into the honors experience. Presenting your work at the HTCC Student Research Conference makes you eligible not only for monetary awards but also to submit your work for publication in the HTCC anthology "Building Bridges", published through the University of California, Irvine. The deadline to submit abstracts for publication is generally about 2-3 weeks after the conference.

Presentation Formats Include:

    • Research Poster Research posters displayed in the Pacific Ballroom in the Student Center; poster creators are on-hand during designated poster presentation sessions to discuss their research with the public
    • Individual Oral12-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of discussion
    • Small Group Oral 20-minute panel presentation by two presenters, followed by 10 minutes of discussion
    • Large Group Oral40-minute panel of three or more participants, followed by 10 minutes of discussion
    • PerformanceStudent-created art, music, creative writing, drama, dance performced and incorporating an explicit research component.

Notes: Students may present a maximum of one individual presentation or performance AND one group presentation or performance AND one poster presentation. No two presentations may be on the same topic. Computers will be available but will not have Internet access. You are encouraged to use PowerPoint only if you creatively exploit its visual potential in a manner that enhances your presentation. See technology and presentation guidelines for more information, and consult with your mentor and Honors Program coordinator about what will work best for your presentation.

General Timeline

    • November & December, 2016 Work with your Honors Program director and your faculty mentor to prepare your proposal; check with your Honors Program office about any internal (campus-specific) deadlines.
    • Submit your 25-word Proposal Description and 250-word Proposal Abstract (see Preparing Your Abstracts and more in the "General Info & Resources" box to the left); note that when you or your Honors Program Director submits your Proposal Abstracts, you will automatically be registered. Payment of registration fees ($40 per presenter) should be handled by Honors Program directors.
    • Friday, Nov. 1, 2016 - Monday, Mar. 1, 2017 Online registration period; the registration fee is $40. After March 7, online registration will not be available. Those registering late will need to do so in person, on the day of the conference. The late registration fee is $60.
    • Late Jan., 2017 Notification of acceptances of proposals.
    • Sunday, Feb. 23 Final deadline to contact Carolyn about any additions or corrections to presenter information by NOON (later changes will be included as a program insert)
    • Saturday, March 1, 2017  Scholarship Applications Due


Other Research Conferences

The Honors Transfer Council of California encourages honors students to participate in academic research and to present that research at academic conferences. These conferences are a wonderful opportunity for you to distinguish yourself as a scholar.
The following academic conferences provide a forum in which Honors Program students can present research results, participate in panel discussions, display poster presentations, and show or perform original creations (art, music, dance, etc.). Depending on the conference, these presentations may be individual, in pairs or small groups.  There are scholarships available at many of these conferences and conference participation adds significantly to students’ transfer, scholarship, and employment potential.  The distinction of having presented at one or more conferences speaks well for students who are competing for admission to the most highly selective transfer schools, programs of study, and for competitive scholarship awards.  In addition to our own HTCC Research Conference, there are a number of other research conferences.
Western Regional Honors Council’s Literary Journal: Scribendi.
Essays/Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Fiction, Visual Art, Photography, Digital Art, and Cover Design
Deadline: October 15, 2014
Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research provides a forum for the presentation of the best research, scholarship, and creative activities of undergraduate students in the region, and encourages communication of innovative achievements across disciplines. The next SCCUR conference will be held November 2014.
The Bay Area Consortium (BAC) Student Research Conference is held in early May of each year.  Submit proposals in January. For more information about this conference, please contact the Academic Honors Office:
Conference Application Deadline: January 2015 Conference: May 2015
Western Regional Honors Council The Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC) conference is an annual three-day event in March or April for students enrolled in their college Honors Programs. The location changes from year to year.  In addition to presenting at the annual conference, students can submit poetry, essays, creative non-fiction, short fiction, photography, digital art, film and music for publication in the annual edition of Scribendi.  For more information about this annual conference, please   visit the conference websites: Deadline: late December 2014 Conference: April 2015
The Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton is hosting the third Student Research Conference on Richard Nixon and His Era. The conference will be held at California State University, Fullerton. Undergraduate and graduate students in History, Political Science, and other humanities and social sciences disciplines are invited to submit proposals for papers, posters, or other media (film, exhibits, etc.).  Projects may address any topic regarding the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of Richard Nixon's presidency and his times, as well as topics addressing Nixon's pre- and post-presidential careers. They may also reflect on the dilemmas of presenting to the public topics related to Nixon and his era. Proposal Deadline: March 2015 Conference: May 2015 Claremont University Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union The primary purpose of this conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations. In addition, the aim of the conference is to allow students with expertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the  issues relevant in Europe today, integrating the conference with the student’s curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations. Proposal Deadline: February 2015 Conference: April 2015
Pacific Coast Undergraduate Mathematics Conference PCUMC is designed specifically for undergraduate students who are majoring or have an interest in mathematics. The 2014conference will feature free registration for all participants, talks by undergraduate students, a morning address, and a panel discussion on career opportunities in mathematics. Proposal Deadline: February 2015 Conference: March 2015
The Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference in Chemistry and Biochemistry is an annual event, held in the spring, to afford undergraduates in chemistry the opportunity to present their research results.
Conference: April 2015
National Collegiate Honors Council The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) holds a five-day conference that takes place during November; the location changes every year. Students enrolled in their college Honors Program are eligible to apply as presenters in January of each year; final drafts of research papers from accepted oral presenters are due by April 1.    For more information about this annual conference, please visit the conference website: November 2014

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For information on HTCC transfer agreements, use the "Transfer Partners" link above. 

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As an honors student, you are eligible for a number of scholarship opportunities. A few are listed here. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation   The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 60 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.  To be eligible for the program, students must be nominated by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Faculty Representative at their two-year institution. Students cannot apply directly to the Foundation. Each two-year college may nominate up to four students (depending upon institution enrollment) each year to be considered for the scholarship. The South Coast Higher Education Council (SCHEC) Scholarships   The SCHEC conducts an annual scholarship competition that provides funding for students transferring from SCHEC community colleges to SCHEC four-year institutions.   Those who meet the following criteria are invited to apply for a $500 SCHEC scholarship during the application period:

  • Currently enrolled in a SCHEC institution and will be transferring to a SCHEC four-year college/university or professional school during the 2012-2013 academic year
  • Have a 3.0 or higher minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA)

For more information on SCHEC scholarships, please contact Dr. Barbara K. Schiller-Harvey at (657) 278-7261 or The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation  

  1. Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team – Fifty Gold $1,500, fifty Silver $1,250, and fifty Bronze $1,000 scholarships. Current students at two-year community colleges may apply between October 1 and December 2. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website,
  2. Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise – 180 scholarships of $1,000. Current students at two-year community colleges may apply between February 27 and April 30. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website,

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  • Have a college grade-point average of at least a "B" or the equivalent.
  • Be pursuing full-time study during the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.