2021 Proposal Guidelines

General Information applicable to all proposals:

  • Proposals may be submitted in only one category. The same proposal may not be submitted in multiple categories.
  • The same proposal may not be submitted by different presenters.
  • Duplicate submissions will not be reviewed.
  • Valid, unique emails must be provided for all presenters.
  • Proposals require an approximately 50-word session description for the conference program and an approximately 200-300 word abstract of the proposed presentation.
  • NCHC limits individuals to two presentations at the Annual Conference. Only the first two presentation submitted with your name as a presenter will be reviewed. If you are listed as a presenting author on more than two proposals you will be removed from the third proposal and any subsequent submissions. If you are submitting on behalf of multiple authors please check with all prior to submitting to make sure they are not already affiliated with two proposals. This excludes Signature Program strands (BIH, DIH, PSIH, etc.) and meetings.
  • When entering Author information, only those planning on both registering for the conference and presenting in person should be listed as an author. Please do not mark anyone as a Corresponding Author; You only need to submit the names of those who will be Presenting Authors.
  • When entering your Affiliation, please spell out the complete name of your school/institution. Please do not list the name of your Honors Program/College in place of your institution. Please also refrain from using an acronym or abbreviation as your institution name.

    For faculty/staff proposals:

    • All presenters MUST be from current NCHC member institutions; if more than one presenter is included in a proposal submission, please verify membership status of all presenters before submitting the proposal.
    • All presenters must register and pay conference registration fees by August 31, 2021 or the session will be withdrawn.
    • The NCHC institutional contact at your institution or organization will be notified of your proposal acceptance.

    Students intending to present research should select either the Poster Session proposal or the Student Interdisciplinary Research Panel proposal, unless co-presenting with a faculty or staff member. In that case, a proposal in the General Session category is appropriate.


    Style Sheet for Submitting Proposals for NCHC’s Annual Conference

    1. Write in complete sentences.
    2. Write in a formal style though one that eschews disciplinary jargon. Avoid contractions, slang, clichés, and other forms of casual writing.
    3. Do not capitalize “honors,” “program,” “honors program,” “honors college,” or “college” unless they are part of the official title of a program or title: e.g. Goodfolk State University Honors College; the honors college at Goodfolk State University; honors education.
    4. Do not capitalize titles or disciplines unless they are part of a formal title.
    5. Do not use quotations or italics for emphasis.
    6. Avoid rhetorical questions. Make statements instead.


    For student proposals, the approval of the honors director/dean will be required after the proposal deadline to verify that:

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

    The above verification will be requested by the national office following the close of proposals. Honors Directors will be provided with a list of student proposals for review.

      Presenters of accepted proposals must have paid conference registration fees no later than August 31, 2021.

      General questions should be directed to nchc@unl.edu or 402-472-9150.


      Guidelines by Proposal Type

      Download the quick Proposal Type Guide to help you select which proposal type best fits your research or presentation style! Then read the guidelines below before building and submitting your proposal.