HTCC: Honors Transfer Council of California

Building Bridges and Constructing Futures

Share your work in a professional setting

Strengthen your transfer applications
and professional resume

Compete for awards and scholarships
ranging from $200 to $1000

Compete for a UCI Research Fellowship
if you transfer to UCI

Be eligible to submit your work for publication in the conference journal

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Information and Resources for Presenters:

As a presenter, you will share your work in either a poster session or a "breakout" session.

The poster session at the HTCC conference is the first thing that happens. Dozens of posters in a wide variety of disciplines will be featured. Poster presenters stand ready to discuss their work with interested attendees. Students, faculty, administrators, and guests from community colleges all over California are in attendance, and you might be speaking to any of them. It's an exciting start to a busy day.

"Breakout" sessions hold the oral presentations and performances. These occur after the large general meeting, when the conference attendees look at their conference programs and decide which of about 24 sessions to attend for each of the three breakout periods during the day. Each session is usually fairly small. An audience of 20 to 30 people gather to hear two to four presentations related by subject area or other connection. Individual presentations may go from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on whether an individual or a group is presenting. A brief Q&A period follows. Sessions are moderated so that presenters aren't responsible for timekeeping or other organization. A brief video describing the flow of a breakout session is available on the Conference 101 page.

To apply in any category (oral presentation, poster presentation, performance), work with a faculty mentor to write a summary of your work. This summary is called an "abstract." Your faculty have experience in constructing these and are able to be your mentor - but you need to ask! Once your mentor has approved your work, submit it to the Presenter Application Page.

Here's some help specific to HTCC:

Ready? Set? Then, before Monday, December 12th at 11:45 p.m., go!

I'm Ready to Submit My Abstract

Information and Resources for Moderators:

The HTCC Conference offers students the opportunity to participate as moderators in "breakout sessions." For undergraduates, this is a rare and valuable opportunity.

In a cross-disciplinary conference such as this one, the moderator isn’t expected to lead a dialogue, chair a panel, or do anything else that involves familiarity with the subject. The main duties are making introductions, keeping everyone to schedule, and calling for audio-visual or other assistance if needed. In short, the moderator’s job is to help the session run smoothly.

For details on the duties of moderators, see the video clip on the Conference 101 page. A brief text overview of duties is here on the HTCC conference website. Moderator applications must be submitted to the Moderator Application Page between Wednesday, February 1st and Friday, February 24th.

Important: Students who are involved in oral or poster presentations may not be moderators.

HTCC Awards and Scholarships:

The conference features oral presentations by both individuals and groups, performances, and a poster session. Outstanding work is recognized by a number of awards, grants, and scholarships. In addition, the Student Research Conference is the occasion at which the HTCC's Exemplary Achievement and Juan Lara scholarships are awarded to students for their work throughout their community college careers.

Specific information on each is available below:

Outstanding Abstract Awards & Director's Award

UC Irvine Research Grant

Poster Awards

Exemplary Achievement Scholarships

Juan Lara Scholarship

Opportunities for HTCC Publication:

The HTCC student research journal, Building Bridges, publishes selected abstracts from the conference, providing students with an opportunity to publish their work. Copies of the journal may be read in the Honors Program Office, and copies may be purchased at (Amazon prime members can see more pages online if they log in, and shipping is free for prime members as well.)

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Building Bridges 2013 Building Bridges 2014

Dates, Deadlines, and Day-of-Conference Information:

Dates and Deadlines for Presenters, Moderators and Scholarship Applicants:

Dec. 9:

  • Presenter applications due.

From The Date of Your Submission through Dec. 18:

  • Watch your email daily for feedback from the Saddleback faculty reviewers. Your immediate attention may be needed for corrections, clarifications, revisions, etc. that must be taken care of in order for your work to be forwarded to the HTCC reviewers.


  • Notification of acceptances, rejections, and waitlisted presentations. Important: Immediately forward the HTCC's email to the Honors Program Office and your faculty mentor, no matter what the HTCC decision is.
  • If you are accepted for an oral presentation, start working on a 400-word version of your abstract if you haven't already written one. The 400-word abstracts are the ones evaluated for awards and are due March 7. (Groups should submit one 400-word abstract. Poster presenters do not submit abstracts because poster awards are based on the poster itself.)
  • If you are accepted and are applying for Fall 2017 transfer, make sure you include this acceptance on your applications, including the January update of your UC applications. The UCs are definitely interested in conference participation; that's one reason UCI hosts this one annually and Berkeley hosts one bi-annually!
  • If you are waitlisted, check your email regularly from now until March 7th. There is a good likelihood of acceptance off the waitlist, but you must RSVP promptly and be prepared. You will be participating in February and March rehearsals so that you'll be ready!

Jan. 31:

  • RSVP Yes or No to HTCC and the Honors Program Office if accepted or waitlisted. The RSVP goes to the email address given in the notification email.

Feb. 1:

  • Proof of paid ASB stamp due for accepted or waitlisted presenters seeking financial support for the conference. You do not need to bring the proof to anyone; we can see it in your records.
  • Moderator applications open. Presenters may not be moderators. Moderators pay no registration fee if they have a paid ASB stamp for Spring 2017. Saddleback is allowed to send only 10 moderators. Preference will be given to students who have not previously served as moderators and/or will be continuing at Saddleback next year. Being a 2017 moderator is great preparation for being a 2018 presenter.
  • Deadline to order conference T-Shirts (price TBD). There may be some available on the day of the conference.

Feb. 6:

  • Deadline to apply for an Exemplary Achievement Scholarship. This same application is used for the Juan Lara Scholarship. Only Certificate-Track Honors Program students are eligible for this scholarship, but they do not have to be presenters or moderators. They must attend the conference, but their conference registration will be complimentary. [Details on application procedures to be added when the application form is available. The application does require a 500-word essay ]

Feb. 10 - 24:

  • First round of presentation rehearsals. Schedule TBA and dependent on the number of presenters and their class schedules.

Feb. 24:

  • Last day to submit a moderator application.

Mar. 1:

  • Last day to register for $50. Presenters and moderators are registered automatically. Faculty and guests must register on their own. Guests who do not register may attend breakout presentations and the award ceremony without charge but will not receive any conference materials or meals.
  • First round of presentation rehearsals. Schedule TBA and dependent on the number of presenters and their class schedules.

Mar. 7:

  • Last day for waitlisted presentations to be added to the conference.

Mar. 8-17:

  • Second round of presentation rehearsals, this time with student moderators. Schedule TBA and dependent on number of presenters and their class schedules.

April 1:

  • Conference (See "Day-Of Resources" below.)

April TBA:

  • Submission of 250-word abstracts for publication in Building Bridges. These may be abstracts originally submitted or abstracts revised since their December submission. Outstanding Abstract Award winners are published automatically.

Day-Of-Conference Information


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T-SHIRTS will be available soon on the HTCC website.
When the link is available, you'll be able to find it here, too.

PINS are awarded to all presenters, moderators, and mentors at no charge. Some swag you can't buy. You just have to earn it!