Making a Proposal

#NRHC2019: Generating Power: Influence. Impact. Endurance.

Welcome! We are excited that you are thinking about presenting at our conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  Here are some suggestions that we hope you find helpful:

Step 1—Think about presentation ideas that connect to the conference theme. The conference theme provides a framework for “ideas” that proposals should address, along with sample topics that would work well with the conference theme. Once you have some ideas, then set up a meeting with your honors director or a faculty member to discuss them and how you think they relate to the theme of the conference. You can access the #NRHC2019 conference theme here.

Step 2— Choose your presentation category. This is an important decision. How best would you like to make your presentation? A paper or poster presentation? Or maybe in a roundtable group or at the Idea Exchange? (See below for the details of the setting for each kind of presentation.)  Which format is best for you? Can’t decide? Ask your honors director or mentor for guidance.

Step 3— Write the proposal. Come up with an intriguing title that will attract conference attendees’ attention. Your Title should provide a clear and concise statement of the purpose of your presentation. Think: What will the audience learn from my presentation?  Please make your proposal topic relate to the theme of the conference.  Your project summary, or abstract, should be no more than 300 words. Use an objective, third person voice. Include a sample of relevant statistics and data to give the reader a sense of the kinds of research you will use in your presentation.  

Step 4—Submit the proposal. Once you have your honors director’s approval, you may go to the online proposal system and submit. The final deadline is November 16th, 2018.

Step 5—Cross your fingers and wait. Proposal notifications are usually sent out in December.

Remember, it is important to gain the guidance and support of your honors director, faculty member, or mentor. When approaching him or her to discuss participation in NRHC, be sure to also ask about financial supportor how much funding is available to help you attend the conference.  

If your proposal isn’t accepted, you may still attend NRHC, and we hope you will! However, you must receive permission from your honors program director. 

A Closer Look: Presentation Categories
NOTE: You may only submit ONE proposal. 

Paper Presentations. You are the kind of person who loves to give a speech. In this format, you would deliver a 12-15 minute speech about your research. You must let us know if you will need audio/visual equipment to present, for example, a PowerPoint or other visuals.

Poster Presentations. You aren’t the biggest fan of making a speech, but you don’t mind talking with people about your research. Here, you would design a 36×48 poster that highlights the key components of your research. As people view your poster, you answer their questions and engage in conversation.

Roundtable Presentations. You prefer speaking to a smaller crowd and like to hear their ideas, too. Roundtables allow presenters to showcase their research and ideas in a more intimate setting, maybe eight to ten students, sitting at an actual round table.  Non-presenters at the table can join in on the conversation of presenters. There are usually three or four presenters at each table.

Idea Exchange. The Exchange is for people who want to talk about amazing ideas that have helped their honors programs. For example, you may want to share ideas about student board leadership, honors newsletters/publications, and honors class projects.  Presenters can be students, faculty and staff

The Art Show.
If you have a painting, drawing, sculpture, photography piece, etc. that relates to the conference theme, you may submit an Art Show Proposal. You may also submit another proposal (either paper, poster, roundtable, or idea exchange). The Art Show at NRHC is traditionally held on Friday night. Artists are required to submit a description of their piece, explaining its relation to the conference theme. Artists are required to transport their work to and from the conference.