HTCC: Honors Transfer Council of California

Presenters Moderators Awards &
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The Honors Transfer Council of
California 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 freshmen and sophomores from all over California and supports several awards for outstanding conference research.

HTCC site conference information page:


The "Building Bridges" conference offers a venue for community college students from across the state to present their original research-based work. While the conference is aimed at showcasing the work of students in honors programs, it is open to all students who have done exemplary work

By participating in the HTCC conference, you can
  • Share your ideas with other students in a professional setting

  • Strengthen your transfer application

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

  • Compete for a UCI Research Fellowship if you transfer to UCI

  • Be eligible to be published in the Building Bridges conference anthology 

If you're wondering whether universities really care whether you do research, think about this:
UC Irvine has sponsored this conference for 14 years and has committed to doing so indefinitely,
to the dismay of other UC campuses that have wanted to take their place.
Up north, UC Berkeley and Stanford share hosting the Bay Area Student Research Symposium.

Having your research accepted at a conference matters.  


Information and Resources for Presenters: 


Conferences & Abstracts Primer

Resources for HTCC Abstracts

Resources for the HTCC Conference 

The Venue: UCI Conference Center

To submit your work for this conference, use the

Saddleback College Abstract Submission Site for HTCC

until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17th.


Information and Resources for Volunteer 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.

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
Saddleback College Moderator Application Site for HTCC at

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.

For an overview of all awards and scholarships, go to
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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Dates & 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)

Proof of paid ASB stamp due for those seeking
financial support for the conference

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 17

. . . . . . . Jan 30

. . . . . . . Jan 30

. . TBA


. . . . . . .Mar. 1

. . .Mar. 6 & 20

. . . . . . Mar 28

. . . . April TBA



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T-SHIRTS will be available soon ($15) 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.