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Conferences

two EKU Honors students in N-95 masks sit at a conference tableEach year, EKU Honors travels to four conferences. Students who have a proposal accepted for presentation at these conferences travel to these events at minimal cost, typically only a few meals; major expenses (transportation, registration, hotel) are covered by the honors program. EKU Honors consistently brings one of the largest, if not the largest, student contingent to each of these conferences. If you have questions about conferences after reviewing the material on this page, please contact Associate Director Dr. Erik Liddell.

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What conferences does EKU Honors attend?

Kentucky Honors Roundtable (KHR)

KHR is the state association of honors programs and colleges. Conferences are held once each semester, typically late February and mid- to late-September, and are hosted by each school on a rotating basis. The typical conference includes dinner and social activities on Friday evening, followed by a program of student presentations on Saturday. The next KHR will be held October 28-29, 2022, at the University of Kentucky.

  • Posters and panel presentations are accepted.
  • Next EKU proposal deadline: Fall 2022 proposals will likely be due in September 2022.

Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC)

SRHC is the regional association of honors programs and colleges to which we belong. A regional conference is held each spring. Proposals for this conference are usually submitted in January before the conference. The next conference will be held March 30-April 1, 2023, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Posters and panel presentations are accepted.
  • Next EKU proposal deadline: Spring 2023 proposals will likely be due in January 2023.

National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)

NCHC is the national association of honors programs and colleges to which we belong. A national conference is held each fall, typically in October or November. Proposals for this conference are usually submitted in February before the conference. The next conference will be held November 2-6, 2022, in Dallas, Texas.

  • Presentation types include faculty and student posters, general sessions, the idea exchange, master classes and more.
  • Next EKU proposal deadline: 2023 proposals will likely be due in February 2023.

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Attending a Conference

The first step in attending a conference is writing and submitting a conference proposal. Watch your EKU email and “This Week in Honors” for information on upcoming conferences. Associate Director Dr. Erik Liddell leads our conference preparation and sends many emails and announcements about conferences well in advance of the proposal due dates.

In preparation for NCHC, EKU Honors traditionally holds two idea brainstorming sessions at the beginning of the spring semester. These are open to any honors student who is interested in submitting a proposal, even if they are not sure about a topic. Brainstorming sessions are a great time to get together with other honors students and bounce ideas back and forth.

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Conference Proposals

Conference proposal guidelines, forms and deadlines are sent via email by Dr. Erik Liddell well in advance of each conference. Below are some sample proposal forms, as well as some examples of proposals that were accepted to NCHC in previous years. In addition, we’ve included sample posters and information on creating posters as well.

Sample KHR Proposal Form
Sample SRHC Proposal Form
Sample NCHC Proposal Form
General Session Proposal Example
Poster Session Proposal Example
Idea Exchange Proposal Example
Poster Example – Science
Poster Example – Social Science

A presentation called Creating an Effective Poster (from the REU Summer Seminar Series) is available on request.

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