Each year, St. Norbert College Honors Program students have the unique opportunity to present their research at an annual conference hosted by the National Collegiate Honors Council. This conference, often simply called “NCHC,” is held every year in November. This year, the conference took place in New Orleans with the theme of “Disrupting Education: Creativity and Innovation in Honors.” The NCHC Conference is open to students in honors programs across the country, and this year three students from SNC were selected from applicants across the country to present their research at the conference!
The first presenter is senior biology major Kelly Haen ‘20, who presented her research entitled “Reducing Algal Blooms in Dream Lake, WI: Algal and Zooplankton Seasonal Dynamics Indicate Response to Food Web Manipulation.” When asked about the conference beforehand, Kelly said, “I am excited to travel to New Orleans and experience the birthplace of jazz. In regards to the conference, I look forward to sharing what I learned from my past 3 years of research at SNC!” Kelly also encourages other students to take advantage of this opportunity, saying that “you will be surrounded by amazing opportunities and experiences. Not only will you get to travel to an exciting location, such as New Orleans, but you get to share your ideas with a room full of curious minds.”
The second presenter is Elisha Jaeke ‘20, who presented her research entitled “Measuring Food Insecurity in an Urban Milwaukee Free Clinic.” In speaking to Elisha about the conference, she explained that “with each NCHC Conference, I've been excited to learn and grow from the students I meet. The abundance of ideas present in a condensed space is extraordinary, and I was thrilled to be back in that environment of shared learning.” Elisha also presented another research project, along with our third presenter, Andrea’ Boyd ‘22, entitled “Alumni Connections: A Student-Driven Approach to Connecting Current and Past Honors Program Members.” Regarding the NCHC Conference, Elisha says, “I encourage all Honors students to consider taking advantage of this opportunity because it presents so many benefits. In addition to traveling alongside Honors peers and mentors, you are able to network with students, staff, and faculty who are engaged in honors education across the nation. Exchanging ideas, presenting research, and learning from others in these settings have wholly enriched my honors experience, and I am so grateful to have attended NCHC conferences in Atlanta, Boston, and New Orleans.”
Are you interested in attending the NCHC Conference next year or at some point in the future? The Honors Program covers registration, lodging, to/from airport transportation, and a group dinner for conference attendees. Annual conferences have designated student sessions, post-grad information/support, and networking events. If you are interested in presenting your research next year, the 2020 NCHC Conference will take place in Dallas, TX, and applications to present open in January 2020.
For more information, visit www.nchchonors.org and watch for emails from Stacey when the application submission time period opens. Information needed for an initial conference submission is a title of the research/presentation and abstract of the proposal to be considered.