Why should you come to the IVC/SC Student Research Symposium?​​​​​​

  • You should come because out of all the opportunities and experiences available at college, conferences are — according to what our own students tell us — the most enjoyable, memorable, and sometimes even the most life-changing.
  • You should come because this is an opportunity to start learning what conferences are and what they can do for you. Attending one will never be more easier or more convenient: It's close, it's free, and it's open to everyone!
  • You should come because it's one of the rare conferences that allow presenters to discuss — and get help on — preliminary and continuing research as well as completed research.
  • You should come if you're a Saddleback Certificate-Track Honors Program student who wants a fun and interesting way to do some community/school service.
  • You should come no matter what role you take. Be a presenter, be a volunteer, or be in the audience. All these experiences are valuable.
  • You should present because involvement in special curriculum-related projects like this is one of the University of California's comprehensive review factors for transfer applicants(link is external).

NOTE: This event is open to all students. Honors Program participation is NOT required.

Past Programs

Presenting at the Symposium

To apply, ask the faculty member you worked with to be your "mentor" and work with you to summarize your research, or your progress toward completed research in a 200- to 250-word summary abstract.

Submission Guidelines

Types of Presentations

Students may apply to present up to two research projects in any discipline:

  • One oral presentation/performance and
  • One poster presentation

Individual presenters may not deliver two presentations on the same topic.

Submission Requirements

Students will apply to participate by submitting the following:

  • Presentation title
  • 25-word description of research for conference program
  • An abstract (250 words maximum) that describes the research topic, question, hypothesis, and/or purpose; an explanation of the research methods used; and a discussion of the implications/conclusions drawn or anticipated
  • 3-5 relevant and scholarly sources cited in the abstract or consulted in the research

Groups should submit only ONE abstract per group. Research projects must be mentored by one or more faculty members.

Conference participation is limited to students currently enrolled at Irvine Valley or Saddleback in a minimum of 3 units with a GPA of 2.0 or above.


Application Deadline: Friday, October 7

Submit Your Application

Frequently Asked Questions

All Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College students in good standing (enrolled in at least 3 units, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0) may apply to participate as a presenter or moderator. All Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College students and their friends and family may attend.

No. You need only to be currently enrolled at either Irvine Valley College or Saddleback College (or both!) and in good standing as a student.


No. We're going to be on the Saddleback College campus! We may, if absolutely necessary, do some presentations remotely.

No. We allow preliminary, advanced stage, and complete research to be presented.

  • Oral presentations: Individual or group
  • Completed research
  • In-Progress research
  • Preliminary-Stage research 
  • Poster presentations
  • Performances


Application Deadline: Friday, October 7

Submit Your Application

Email Prof. Rosenberg at arosenberg@saddleback.edu, because she should have thought of it. 

More FAQs will be answered as they are discovered!