Honors students, staff, faculty, and administrators from institutions in the mid-east Honors association region are invited to submit proposals for participation at the conference.

Honors students attending MEHA represent a variety of academic disciplines. Some are passionate about science; others are passionate about art. Some come from private institutions; others come from public institutions. So each year we have a conference filled with backgrounds, interests, talents, and expertise that varies more than one institution alone ever would.

This year’s conference is designed to bring participants together in a meaningful way to find our futures. As such, we invite ambitious and forward thinking proposals. The Mid-East Honors Association values exemplary and distinguished performance by all participants in the areas of teaching, learning, scholarship, leadership, and service.

Thus, the committee seeks proposals that demonstrate excellence in research, honors pedagogy, unique learning approaches, and more. Submissions are welcome from students, faculty, and staff in all disciplines and can include oral presentations or poster presentations. Poster presentations and paper submissions in association with an oral presentation will be awarded a prize.

The proposal deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Presentation Guidelines

Please review the conference presentation guidelines prior to submission of a proposal.


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 main presenters.
  • Duplicate submissions will not be reviewed.
  • Valid, unique emails must be provided for all proposers.
  • Proposals require a brief abstract or summary of the proposed presentation, limited to a maximum of 250 characters.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

At the Mid-East Honors Association conference, papers are typically part of a three- or four- person panel session that lasts 50 minutes. Each student presentation should be 10-12 minutes long to ensure everyone is heard and time is left for questions and answers.

A moderator will be assigned to introduce the speakers, manage time and facilitate those questions. Reading your paper straight from the page is discouraged. It is much more powerful to summarize the material from your paper and highlight key points, so make sure you rehearse and plan your presentation. Typically one page of double-spaced written text takes about 2 minutes to read, so a paper of 5-6 pages maximum is a good place to begin your preparation. All rooms have computers and projectors allowing for audiovisual display. If you opt to use audiovisual accompaniment to your presentation, be sure to bring a loaded onto a flash drive and have a backup file. Email yourself the file and/or upload it to cloud storage in addition to your backup file.

Student Paper Guidelines

We welcome students who are doing oral presentations to submit their papers to the student paper competition. Student paper submissions should be emailed no later than March 2nd to honors@mideasthonors.org

We anticipate receiving papers from a broad array of disciplines. As such, the paper's length should adhere to the standards of an article in your discipline. Consult your faculty mentor or Honors director for guidance about discipline standards.

Papers should be double-spaced in 12 pt font.  The student's name and college affiliation should  be on a separate page after the bibliographic information to allow for blind review.  Students should not post their name or college on any other page of the submission. Electronic files must be in doc, docx or pdf format.

Student Poster Guidelines

  1. Posters need to be created, electronically generated, and printed in advance of the conference.
  2. The recommended maximum size for posters is 36" x 48", and each one needs to stand on its own for display purposes during the poster session of the conference. A tri-fold with an easel back will work, or you can attach an easel back to a foam core board.
  3. Your poster will be on display for a minimum 45 minute time period. You will need to have your poster set up before the start of the session.
  4. Your poster should be constructed so that it presents the desired information in a self-explanatory manner.
  5. Keep you poster simple and brief. A poster is not a place for you to tack up your entire body of research for people to read. Instead, think of a poster as a series of highly efficient, organized “panels” (a storyboard) upon which appear synopses of the relevant information you want to convey – just enough to get your point across.
  6. Organize your poster materials using headings, such as “Introduction,” “The Research Question,” “The Methodology,” and “Findings.” It will help establish a logical flow to your poster.
  7. Use large enough fonts so people will not have to squint to read the material. For headings, use at least a 48-point font. For text, use nothing less than 18-point.
  8. Make your poster visually appealing. Have fun. Be creative. Incorporate color. Use photographs, graphs, charts, maps, and the like. Simplify charts and figures to include only relevant information. Be attentive to the layout and placement of your materials.
  9. Negative or empty space is essential for a poster to be readable. A guideline: 20 percent text, 40 percent figures, 40 percent space. Consider grouping related text and figures with a border for readability. Remember that the normal flow for reading is left to right.
  10. Place the title of your work in a prominent position on your poster. Include your name and your school. You may wish to have handouts, business cards and a way to collect names and contact information for anyone interested in receiving more details about your research.
  11. Allow yourself plenty of time to set up your poster in order to relax and enjoy the presentation. Although it is possible for you to circulate among the other posters during your session, you are expected to be at your poster as much as possible during the session to react to questions concerning your poster. You are also responsible for removing your poster at the end of the session.
  12. Do not plan on using any audiovisual equipment in your poster presentation. None will be available, and if you bring your own, it will not be secure.
  13. Your poster represents you, your school, and the Mid-East Honors Association. Take great care to plan and organize it well. Make sure it communicates the intended information in an interesting, visual manner. Ask your honors director or research advisor to proof your work.

Submitting Proposals

All proposals must be submitted electronically using our online form. You will need to enter an presentation description and an abstract. The presentation description will be printed in the conference program and must be no longer than 50 words. The abstract allows for greater elaboration of your work and should be no more than 200 words. The abstract should include a description of the importance of your work, your objectives, your methods, and your results, recommendations and/or conclusions.