HTCC Research Conference

The Honors Transfer Council of California

In This Issue
Research Conference
2011 Conference
How to Apply
Issues Forum
Artwork Competition
Great Resources and Information about the HTCC Research Conference

Fullerton College Honors Students are invited to
submit their academic research and attend:
The Twelfth Annual HTCC Student Research Conference for California Community Colleges
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Hosted by the University of California, Irvine


Research Presentations 


The HTCC Research Conference is an incredible opportunity to get academic experience and share your research:  presentations-research, creative production or performance-reflecting inquiry into the humanities, sciences, arts, social sciences and pre-professional programs; they also welcome results of research into the honors experience.


1.Research PosterResearch posters displayed in the Pacific Ballroom in the Student Center; poster creators are on-hand during designated poster presentation sessions to discuss their research with the public
2.Individual Oral12-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of discussion
3.Small Group Oral20-minute panel presentation by two presenters, followed by 10 minutes of discussion
4.Large Group Oral40-minute panel of three or more participants, followed by 10 minutes of discussion
5.Issues ForumThe Issues Forum is a special session dedicated to oral presentations on a current themed topic. This year's Issues Forum will be devoted to research presentations based on the bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. (See Detailed Instructions Here.)
6.PerformanceStudent-created art, music, creative writing, drama, dance




2011 HTCC Conference 

Above: Jovana Karanovic, President Rajen Vurdien, Christianne Salac

Above: Cathy Ramirez, Bennet Cho, Nicholas Nemerouf     

Last year, nine Fullerton College students were accepted and presented their research at the HTCC Research Conference.  Their topics: Electoral College, pressure on Asian-American youth, America's dependency on oil, student volunteerism, same-sex marriage, the growing influence of visual media in politics, illegal immigration, military outsourcing, and healing methods around the world.  


This is a great way to get experience giving presentations, talking about your academic research, and add to your academic resume.    



How to Apply: 


If you'd like to apply for the research conference, please contact your faculty mentor or send the information directly to me at so we can register your abstract application.


You will be notified by late January 2012 if your research application has been accepted. Please reserve the date - Saturday, March 31st so that you can attend the conference.


Send the following by email so it can be submitted electronically:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Email:           
  • Cell Phone
  • Major
  • Title of Paper/Poster
  • 25 word description
  • 250 word abstract

You can either present your research with an individual oral presentation or a research poster (but not both). If you have multiple research projects, you could present a poster for one and the oral presentation for the other.


Individual Oral

12-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of discussion



Research Poster

Research posters displayed in the Pacific Ballroom in the Student Center; poster creators are on-hand during designated poster presentation sessions to discuss their research with the public




The Henrietta Lacks Issues Forum



This year the HTCC Issues Forum will present themed research projects based on the bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.



To be considered for the Issues Forum, do the following:  


You may reflect and write about this book directly, or you may use it as a springboard into a discussion of another text or modern dilemma related to any of the issues introduced in this book.

1) Write (with guidance from your mentor) a 250-word abstract on a topic concerning The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


2) Submit your abstract proposal using the regular submission process, selecting "Issues Forum" as your category to Jodi Balma, Honors Co-Coordinator. 



If your proposal is accepted for the conference, you will automatically be considered for inclusion in the Forum.


Submission Requirements:

Scholarly Content:


You may cite sources in addition to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, but it is not a requirement.


Judging Criteria:


Abstracts that meet the Submission Requirement will be scored on the four criteria listed below:


  • Significance: Identify and address a challenge that is of significant concern in the area of science and/or social justice stemming from your reading of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
  • Solution: Explore one or more solutions (general or specific) to the ethical/social dilemma(s), (at least) briefly detailing some of its/their likely implications.
  • Stakeholders: Identify those who are directly or indirectly affected by the conduct or products in question, and explain why.
  • Social and/or Ethical Principles: Explicitly identify the principles that are relevant and important to your consideration of the issue(s).  

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

is an account of the relationship between "Henrietta Lacks" the person and the "HeLa cells," the cultured cell line derived from her cancer. This story can be read at many levels, including, but not limited to, ones that are social, historical, ethical, educational, scientific and spiritual. Choosing one or more of these contexts as the focus of your discussion, consider what is/are the most compelling question(s) raised by the story of the Henrietta Lacks, her cells and her legacy.




Volunteer Facilitator

The HTCC Student Research Conference consists of numerous sessions, and we need volunteers to facilitate them.  If you're not ready to present your research, you'd like to find out more about the conference so you can be prepared to present next year, or you'd just like to be involved, consider being a volunteer facilitator. 


Facilitators introduce the presenters, keep track of time, invite the audience to ask questions after the presentation, and moderate the discussion that follows. Training will be provided.


Volunteers who facilitate two sessions will receive complimentary admission to the conference, plus a delicious lunch and a fine entry for their resumé.


To volunteer, simply contact your honors program director with the following contact information:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Cell Phone (for the day of the conference)
  • Major

Which sessions are you available to moderate:

_____ Session 1 (10:45-11:30am)
_____ Session 2 (12:00-1:00pm)
Session 3 (2:15-3:25pm)



More information about Volunteer Moderators



Artwork Competition for 2013 Conference 


Students submit original artwork and graphics to compete for the opportunity to have their design chosen to grace the poster, postcards, program cover, t-shirts, website, and name-tags of the Thirteenth Annual HTCC Student Research Conference (to be held in spring 2013). The winner will receive a $150 prize and recognition in the 2013 conference program.


Who Is Eligible:

Students who attend an HTCC member college during at least one semester of the 2011-2012 school year.  


The submission must include original artwork and graphics that advance a theme relevant to the conference's mission of promoting undergraduate research, creative thought, and academic excellence. The artwork may be in any medium and should include text related to the visual image and indicative of a conference theme. The design must include the text in similar proportions to the text of previous HTCC designs.


For more information: Contest Guidelines.pdf


Jodi Balma

Co-Coordinator, Honors Program

Fullerton College