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National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)

St. Norbert College is an institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), which provides honors students the opportunity to attend the national conference. There, they may present original research, organize a panel or be trained as a moderator along with networking with other honors students from across the country. 

Listed below are a few opportunities sponsored by the NCHC.

Partners in the Parks
Partners in the Parks is an outdoor learning program coordinated by the National Collegiate Honors Council.  Partners in the Parks projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value. The NCHC has sponsored 55 projects at 37 different parks for over 500 student participants. Seminars are led by university faculty and park personnel and include historical, scientific, cultural, and other important areas unique to a given park. Projects will also take advantage of exciting recreational opportunities in the parks to broaden participant's understanding of the overall value of national parks to our country and its citizens. 

Any honors student participating in a Partners in the Parks weeklong experience will receive honors course credit, satisfying one honors course requirement. Contact Dr. Marcie Paul or Stacey Wanta for additional information.


NCHC Portz Scholars Nominations
Every year all NCHC institutional members are invited to nominate one paper written by an undergraduate honors student to represent their college for the Portz Scholars competition. Please nominate a deserving honors student to represent St. Norbert College! To find out more information, please visit the Portz Scholars Nominations webpage.

National Annual Convention
While the National Collegiate Honors Council is active throughout the year, it is at the annual national conference held in the fall, that members from across the United States gather to share ideas and take part in panels, workshops and lectures about all different aspects of honors programs. There are numerous opportunities for honors students to participate in the NCHC conference as presenters, panel participants, moderators and more. The St. Norbert College Honors Program supports and encourages students interested in participating in the national convention. This year’s convention will be held in Seattle, WA, on Oct. 12-16, 2016. Four honors program participants have been selected from a pool of national applicants to present research in the form of poster presentations at this annual conference. 

The St. Norbert College Honors Program has a history of participation and attendance at the national convention. Below are examples of past program involvement:

New Orleans, 2013
All four honors student attendees were student panel moderators; one student presented at a panel discussion on the topic of “Honors Elitism: Erase It or Embrace It”

Denver, 2014

Both student attendees were student panel moderators

Chicago, 2015

Seven honors students presented individual research project posters

Seattle, 2016
Four honors students were selected from a pool of national applicants to present individual research project posters


Please visit the NCHC website for more information about the conference and the numerous opportunities for honors students to become involved and participate at a national level.