Honors Program

National and state honors conferences

What's an honors conference, and why should you go?

Professional organizations in every field hold meetings on regional, national, and sometimes international levels in order to share innovative information and successful efforts.  Whether you spend your career as a researcher in a lab, a teacher in a high school, or a musician in an orchestra, there is at least one major professional organization that offers a conference.  Because conferences not only help you learn and network, but also provide a multitude of experience in communicating, planning, and presenting your work, Tech Honors is an active member of two organizations that offer you the chance to present at a conference:

The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)

Our national conference will be held in Boston in November of 2018. This past year, eight Honors students from Tech presented their work at NCHC in Atlanta.

The anticipated deadline for 2018 NCHC proposals will be in February. Watch for an announcement about the proposal process! The selection process for this national conference is competitive; please begin preparing your proposal well in advance of the submission deadline, and expect to make revisions.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal to NCHC, please send three possible appointment dates and the proposed topic of your presentation to Dr. Barnes at ritabarnes@tntech.edu.


The Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council (TCHC): submit proposals to Dr. Barnes before January 22.

Follow this link to find out about the 2018 meeting of TCHC in Memphis: http://www.southwest.tn.edu/honors/tchcc.htm  Proposals must be reviewed by Dr. Barnes prior to submission.

TCHC is perfect for first-time academic conferencegoers, and many of our students want to return every year. Comprised of current students and faculty at college honors programs across the state, TCHC helps you start building your career resume with their supportive and enjoyable annual conference.