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Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels

Conference 2015 ~ November 11-15, 2015 ~ Chicago

One of the signature features of the NCHC annual conference is a series of Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels.  Student Interdisciplinary Research Panels give students who have engaged in high-level research opportunities to present their papers for discussion in a format that differs markedly from student poster sessions. Papers may focus on any academic discipline and will be reviewed and grouped into interdisciplinary panels of 3-4 papers by a selection committee. No pre-arranged panels will be accepted.

There are no specific research and/or length requirements. Students have 15 minutes to present their papers and should discuss their research, rather than read their work. Traditionally, former NCHC presidents chair the sessions and help facilitate discussion.

In this juried competition, only the best papers will be selected. Papers should be written in language suitable for an academic audience representing a variety of disciplines. Students should also consider Poster Sessions and other venues for conference participation. Samples of previous SIRP sessions are available here.

In order to be considered for a panel, a student must submit the following:

  • On-line Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposal, which will include a 500-character description of the project and a 1500 character abstract by February 26, 2015.
  • An electronic copy of the completed paper by April 9, 2015.

Questions concerning proposal submissions or presentation format should be directed to: Richard Badenhausen, or 801-832-2460 or Kate Bruce, or 910-962-3374.

The approval of the Honors Director/Dean is required to verify that: 

  1. the student's institution is a current member of NCHC;
  2. the student is in good standing in the local honors program;
  3. the student will attend the conference if this proposal is selected for inclusion in the conference program;
  4. institutional support will be provided for registration, transportation, and any reasonable costs to attend the conference.

 Process & Presentation

  1. Honors faculty on the paper selection committee will read submitted papers.
  2. The selection committee will select the most outstanding papers and organize them into interdisciplinary panels.
  3. Each student selected must commit to read and discuss the other papers on the panel.
  4. Each panel will have a faculty moderator.
  5. The panel presentation must include a minimum of 15 minutes of discussion among the participants and with the audience.
  6. Each student must submit a question from each paper read to the faculty moderator.

Additional Information

  • No Audio-Visual equipment will be available for these research presentations.
  • Fax copies of the proposal form and papers will not be accepted.

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