HTCC: Honors Transfer Council of California


The HTCC Student Research Conference for California Community Colleges


This conference is organized each Spring by the Honors Transfer Council of California and
is hosted by U.C. Irvine.

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The conference brings together freshman and sophomore Honors students from all over California and supports several awards for outstanding conference research.

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Conference T-Shirts will be available for sale soon ($!5)
on the HTCC Conference website. Stop by the Honors Office
to see what size you need; we have all four: S / M / L / XL

Conference Pins are given to all presenters and to mentors
who attend. Moderators will have one too!

Resources for Presenters: 

Proposal Guidelines 

Sample Abstracts

Sample Posters

Conference Schedule

Etiquette for Presenters

The Venue: UCI Student Center

  • Visitor Information
    (overview, directions, etc.)
  • Floor plan
    (HTCC uses blue rooms)
  • Presentation rooms
    (setups vary; large rooms may split)
All submissions for the HTCC conference
are done by the Honors Program Office.

To have your work considered for HTCC,
use the Saddleback College Honors Program site,
the link to which will be live here

 Proposal Abstract Submission Site
during the submission window
(November to mid-December).

For videos of a typical presentation
and the poster session
at the 2013 conference,
see our Conferences 101 page.

Student Moderators:

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

Break-out sessions are usually fairly small. Each includes one or more student presentations, and it’s the moderator’s job to make sure the session runs smoothly.

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. Up to 10 students from each community college may serve as moderators. Moderators will be given training before the conference, will receive lunch (but alas not parking) at the conference, and their registration fee will be paid.

For details on the duties of moderators, see the video clip on our Conferences 101 page. A brief text overview of duties is here on the HTCC conference website. 

moderate-button-md2.pngModerator applications, like presenter applications, must be submitted to the Saddleback College Honors Program site (link at left).

Please note: Students who are involved in oral or poster presentations may not serve as moderators. Completing this application does not ensure you will be able to be a moderator. Each college can bring up to 10 only.

Awards and Scholarships: Research-related and Other

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.

For an overview of all awards and scholarships, go to
Specific information on each is available below:

Outstanding Abstract Awards and the Director's Award

UC Irvine Research Grant

Poster Awards

Exemplary Achievement Scholarship

Juan Lara Scholarship


Opportunities for Publication of Your Research

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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SADDLEBACK Timeline / Deadlines for the 2015 Conference:

Abstracts for posters and presentations due

RSVP to HTCC and Honors Program Office if accepted due
(Note: "RSVP" means answer Yes or No)

First rehearsal of oral presentations

Rehearsal of poster presentations

Application to be a moderator due

Second rehearsal of oral presentations (with student moderators)


Submission of abstracts for Building Bridges publication due

Dec. 15

Jan. 30

Feb. 21 & 28

Late Feb. TBD

Mar. 1

Mar. 7 & 21

March 28

Late April TBD