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

Welcome! It is so exciting that you are making a proposal to present at our conference in Baltimore, Maryland. 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, along with specific subject-area guiding questions. 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 #NRHC2019 conference theme here.
 
Step 2—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?
 
Step 3—Choose your presentation category. Paper presentation? Poster presentation? Roundtable? Idea Exchange? Which format is best for you? See below for details. Can’t decide? Ask your honors director or mentor for guidance.
 
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 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.
 
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. Depending on your needs, you may be granted audio/visual equipment, so you can display 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 36x48 poster that highlights the key components of your research. As people view your poster, you would answer 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, but then allow audience members to join the conversation. In this format, presenters should come prepared to engage the audience with questions or activities.
 
Idea Exchanges. This category is for people who want to talk about amazing ideas that connect directly to their honors program. For example, student board leadership, honors newsletters/publications, honors class projects, etc. This category accepts presenters that are either students or faculty/staff!
 
What about 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 by itself or in addition to 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.