There are three prizes associated with the Honors Research Symposium

The Heslet Scholar Award

This award, named after Mary Lou Heslet, a former Foothill College Honors Director and a founding member of the Honors Research Symposium team, is the grand prize of the Symposium. Every year finalists are selected by the Proposal Committee based on the promise of their abstracts. A team of community college Honors Faculty judges views the finalist presentations and selects the winner. CLICK HERE for the rubric used by the judges to assist the Heslet Scholar selection.

2023 Heslet Scholar: Arya Shadan, CaƱada College, The Protest of Literature: The Diasporic Voices of the Iranian Revolution

The Katharine Award

This prize is named after Katharine Harer, a former Skyline College Honors Director and a Symposium founder. It commends one student whose abstract showed outstanding written flair and expressiveness. Finalists for this award are selected by the Proposal Committee, and Katharine chooses each year’s winner.

2023 Katharine Award Winner: Valeria Navarro, Los Medanos College, The Metamorphosis of Grete: An Evaluation of Facticity Illustrated in Dance

The Klaschus Honors Faculty of the Year Award

Named for Candy Klaschus, a former Las Positas College Honors Director and Symposium founder, this prize is given each year to an Honors Faculty member who has gone above and beyond in service to their school’s Honors Program.

2023 Klaschus Honors Faculty Award: Scott Cabral, Los Medanos College