Symposium FAQs

Where is the Symposium in 2024?

The Symposium is at Stanford University on May 4. We will be in History Corner and in the Hauck Auditorium in the Hoover Institution Traitel Building. CLICK HERE for directions and a map.

Where can I park? Is it free?

Parking is free at Stanford on Saturdays, however spaces fill up quickly. You can park on the Oval, along Museum Way, or in the Roth Way Garage adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center. CLICK HERE for directions and a map.

What is the schedule for the day?

CLICK HERE for the full schedule. Registration opens at 9am and the Opening Ceremony is at 10am. The Closing Ceremony is at 3:30pm and ends at 4:40pm after which there are optional campus tours and an admissions workshop.

How can I tell when and where someone is presenting?

We have three presentation sessions, and each session has ten different rooms with students giving talks. CLICK HERE for our index of presenters and HERE to see the entire program with details about the talks. All student talks are in History Corner.

What is the suggested dress?

We recommend presenters dress professionally. Most attendees wear business casual attire. Comfortable shoes are best, especially if you plan to go on the campus tours. An umbrella would be wise this year.

Can I still attend even though I didn’t register in advance?

Yes. However, note that the walk-in registration fee is $35 which you can pay on May 4. “Walk in” attendees are NOT guaranteed lunch or a tote bag. These are ordered based on advance registration numbers.

What is a “walk in” attendee?

If you didn’t register online, but still want to attend the Symposium, you can still participate fully! Just come to the “Walk In” registration table where you can pay the $35 fee with a credit/debit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay or cash. We cannot guarantee lunch for walk-in attendees as the order has already been placed. However, in past years we typically have enough “no-shows” that walk-ins have been able to lunch with us.

I’m a presenter. Can my friends and family watch my talk? Must they register and pay?

Every presenter may have up to two unpaid guests watch their presentation, however guests may not attend any other sessions and they will not receive lunch or a program. If you have more than two people who want to watch the talk, they will need to register themselves for the conference. Paying attendees of course can attend the entire day, and will receive lunch and other conference materials.

I’m an Unpaid Guest of a presenter. How can I see their talk?

Unpaid Guests still need to go to Registration and get a guest nametag. This will allow you into the room to see the talk, and once it’s over you should return your guest nametag to registration. All guests are welcome to attend the Closing Ceremony, however they should not go to any other presentation sessions, and they do not receive a program, lunch or any Symposium materials.

Who can attend the Symposium?

Most attendees are community college honors students, faculty and employees. However, anyone may register and attend including family and friends of student presenters. In a typical year we have around 90 presenters, and 200-250 additional attendees who enjoy watching all the great presentations.

What does the $35 registration fee include?

The registration fee grants entry to all Symposium events and includes a delicious lunch, a Symposium tote bag and all Symposium materials including the program and a Stanford folder.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Please contact your Honors Director/Coordinator first to determine how your college is handling payments. Some colleges have money to pay for their student attendees. If not, your Honors Director/Coordinator should send an email to Symposium Chair to request a scholarship for you.

How many proposals were selected to present at the 2024 Symposium?

This year we received 241 proposals. 85 were selected through an anonymous process where each proposal was considered without the committee’s knowing the student’s name or college of origin.

Who was eligible to submit a proposal & present?

For individual proposals, the speaker must be a current member of their college’s Honors Program. For group proposals, the lead presenter must be an Honors Program current member, and all students must be enrolled at the college.

What information was part of the proposal?
  • Title and 1-sentence description
  • 150-word abstract which summarizes the driving question & results
  • 50-word methodology which details the process used in the research project
  • Up to 5 resources in MLA, APA or Chicago format
  • Associated paper or essay (Optional, though strongly encouraged)

CLICK HERE for complete sample proposals.

For review purposes, you’ll also be asked to identify the academic discipline whose methodology you primarily followed when conducting your research. See below.

Is the selection process competitive?

Yes. In 2024 we received 241 proposals and selected about 85 to present. There are many resources on this site to help you submit a high-quality proposal in the future . CLICK HERE for tips and sample excellent proposals.

Who selects presenters & what process do they use?

A committee made up of honors faculty from diverse colleges and disciplines reviews all the proposals to choose this year’s presenters. These proposals are screened anonymously, meaning that any identifying information was not seen by the selection committee.

What is the Honors Research Symposium?

The Symposium is a conference featuring California Community College honors student research, keynote speakers, entertainment, campus tours, and admission workshops by our hosting university. It typically occurs in late April or early May and alternates between Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Where and when are upcoming Symposia?

The next Symposium is April 26, hosted by UC Berkeley. In 2026 we’ll be back at Stanford, followed by UC Davis in 2027.

Who can present at the Symposium?

Any student who is a member of their California Community College Honors Program during the 2023-24 academic year may present. If the student has transferred to another college/university before the Spring 2024 term, they may not present at the Symposium.

What kind of research projects are eligible to be presented?

The research can be in any academic discipline, but the project should have been done at the student’s community college between the Spring 2023 term and the Spring 2024 term. This means that a primary mentor for the project was a faculty member at the community college, or that the project was done for a class or activity sponsored by the community college. If the project was not done at the community college, or under the mentorship of a community college professor, it may not be presented at the Symposium.

What is the format for my presentation?

If chosen to present, you will give a 15-minute talk at the Symposium followed by a 5-minute question & answer period. Typically you will be grouped with two additional proposals in a session which will last about an hour long. CLICK HERE to see the program from 2023 to get a good idea how the day works.

Does the Symposium have prizes?

Yes. There are three prizes: The Heslet Scholar Award, the Katharine Award and the Klaschus Honors Faculty of the Year Award. CLICK HERE for details.

I have a question. Who can help me?

General Symposium Questions: Professor Jennifer Saito, Symposium Chair, Los Medanos College, (

General Proposal Questions: Professor Eva Mo, Modesto Junior College, (

Specific Questions about Writing Your Proposal: Your Honors Director/Coordinator