Symposium FAQs

Who can present at the Symposium?

Any student who is a member of their California Community College Honors Program during the 2022-23 academic year may present.

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 2019 to get a good idea how the day works.

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 either in the 2021-22 or 2022-23 academic years.

How can I apply to present?

Students who want to present at the Symposium need to submit an online written proposal by the February 14, 2023 deadline. CLICK HERE for the link to submit your proposal.

Can a team of students present?

Yes. If the project was collaborative, up to three students total can present if selected.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes. You can submit up to two proposals. If you have one individual proposal, and one which is part of a group, this counts as two proposals. That is, no person can have more than two proposals regardless of whether they’re individual or group.

What information is 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 or APA format
  • Associated paper or essay (Optional, though strongly encouraged)

CLICK HERE for sample proposals.

Is the selection process competitive?

Yes. At the most recent Symposium in 2019 we received 208 proposal and selected 94. There are many resources on this site to help you submit a high-quality proposal. 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 is not seen by the selection committee.

Do you have sample proposals to help me?

You bet! CLICK HERE for a page with lots of tips and sample excellent proposals.

What should I put in my Methodology Section of my Proposal?

This 50-word section is where you’ll tell the Proposal Committee the steps you took when conducting your research. CLICK HERE for a detailed guide with lots of samples.

Can I attend the Symposium just to watch presentations?

Absolutely. In a typical year we have around 90 presenters, and 200-250 additional attendees who enjoy watching all the great presentations.

Where and when is the Symposium?

The 2023 Symposium will be at Stanford University on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

What is the schedule for the day?

We haven’t finalized details yet, however it will likely be similar to the one we used in 2019. CLICK HERE to see the program from that year.

I have a question. Who can help me?

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

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

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