#NRHC2020: Finding Your Voice—Speaking Truth to Power
 
Welcome! It is so exciting that you are making a proposal to present at our conference in Albany, New York. As you embark on this creative process, please consider the following steps and guidelines:
 
Step 1—Study the conference theme. The conference theme provides some context for the conference. The theme will give an overview of the major ideas proposals should tackle. This is a good time to set up a meeting with an honors director or faculty member to discuss potential ideas. You can access the #NRHC2020 conference theme here.

Step 2—Choose your presentation category. Paper presentation? Poster presentation? Roundtable? Idea Exchange? Art Gallery? Which format is best for you? Can’t decide? Ask your honors director or mentor for guidance.

Step 3—If you are proposing a paper, poster, or round table, review the strand descriptions. Select which best fits your idea. 
 
Step 4--Write the proposal. Come up with an intriguing title that clearly states your project’s intent and makes a connection to the theme. Your project summary, or abstract, should be no more than 300 words. Use an objective, third-person voice. Include relevant statistics and data. And be sure to state the goal of your project—what will the audience learn? The evaluation rubric can be found here.

Step 5—Your director will need your email and registrant ID number to enter his/her contact information and indication of approval on your proposal. Once you have your honors director’s approval, you should go to the online proposal system and submit. The final deadline is November 15th, 2019.

Step 6Cross your fingers and wait. Proposal notifications will be sent out December 18th.
 
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 support (how much funding does your honors program give to students who are accepted or chosen to go to NRHC).

If your proposal isn’t accepted, you may still attend NRHC. Of course, you must receive permission from your honors program director if you would like the trip to be paid or partially paid for by your college/university.