The Honors Symposium offers outstanding undergraduates at UNCG the opportunity to participate in an academic conference with concurrent sessions. Each student presents a ten-minute paper, after which a faculty respondent offers commentary. Honors Symposium 2014 will be held Friday, February 21, 2:00-6:00pm in the EUC.
We welcome submissions from any UNCG undergraduate student. Papers can be written in any discipline, but presentations should be geared toward a general audience. Students may submit a paper that has been completed for a course or write a paper for the Symposium.
Students can submit a paper by:
Sending it for consideration both electronically and in hard copy to Lloyd International Honors College, Foust 205, by Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Students should plan for a ten-minute presentation, which corresponds to about five double-spaced pages. Students whose papers are accepted for the Symposium may be asked to revise them in accordance with reviewer comments.
Faculty can get involved by:
- Encouraging students with excellent work to submit a paper.
- Offering to serve as moderators at the Symposium.
- Attending the Symposium and encouraging students to attend as well.
The Honors Symposium Prize, sponsored by UNCG's Lloyd International Honors College, is awarded for outstanding papers submitted to the Symposium. In 2012, the prize, dedicated to the encouragement of high quality academic writing at UNCG, included monetary awards of $250, $150, and $100 in two categories: Arts & Humanities, and Sciences & Professional Schools.
For more information about the Symposium, students and faculty may contact the Honors College at 336-334-5538 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2012 Honors Symposium
On Friday, February 24th, 43 undergraduates presented their research and creative work in a series of panels convening at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 in the EUC. At 5:00 in the Maple Room, Dr. Derek Kruger delivered the Symposium keynote address: "Interdisciplinary Insights into the Art of Early Christian Pilgrimage." Dr. Kruger teaches in UNCG's Religious Studies Department.
Humanities and Fine Arts
- First: Rebecca Lowe, "The Senecas in the American Revolution: Not just a White Man's War"
- Second: Stephen M. Comer, "Upon that Memorable Scene: A Re-Evaluation of the Master Narrative or 'Myth' of the London Blitz"
- Third: T. James (Jimmy) Humphrey, "Missionary Work: Politics, Culture, and Ethical Globalization"
Sciences and Professional Fields
- First: Lydia Davis, "Deforestation in Brazil: A Result of Globalization"
- Second: Kristen Welch, "Agricultural Evolution and the Implication for Understanding the Social Development in Prehistoric Crete"
- Third: Kelsey Maher, "Enslaving their Own: A Feminist Analysis of Filipina Domestic Workers in Taiwan"
2011 Honors Symposium
On Friday, February 25th, 49 undergraduates presented their research and creative work in a series of panels convening at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 in the EUC. Presentations covered such diverse areas as music, nursing, economics, classics, visual studies, and religious studies.
At 5pm in the Maple Room, the Keynote Address was given by Dr. Lew Brown, "The Case of the Better Mousetrap." Lew G. Brown is Associate Professor of Marketing in the Department of Business Administration, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He holds a BA in Political Science, a Masters of Public Administration, a Masters of Business Administration, and a Ph.D. in Marketing, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Brown teaches and consults in the areas of marketing management and strategic marketing, and he conducts research on the subject of convenience as a strategic and tactical marketing variable.
2011 Symposium Prizes
- Social, Natural, Applied Sciences
- First Prize: Tom Liles, "Collective Action in the Post-Soviet Caucasus: Structural Factors, Ethnic Mobilization, and Political Conflict "
- Second Prize: Marie Ruth Henry, "A Semiotic Analysis of the Maori Marae"
- Third Prize: Jayme Mallindine, "The Limits of Meditation: A Pragmatic Account of Individualized Zen Meditation"
- Arts and Humanities
- First Prize: Gina Hurley, "In Monstrous Shadows: Malory's Monsters and Symbolic Embodiments of Transgression in the Round Table"
- Second Prize: Sonia Haga, "A Comparative Study of German POWs in North Carolina"
- Third Prize: Jesse Morales, "Subjects as Discursive Bodies: Forging a Post-Sovereign Ethics from Joyce and L'Ecriture Feminine"
2010 Honors Symposium
On Friday, February 26, 34 undergraduates presented their research and creative work in a series of panels convening at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 in the EUC. Presentations covered such diverse areas as music, nursing, economics, classics, visual studies, and religious studies.
At 5:00 in the Maple Room, Michael Parker delivered the Symposium keynote address: "Everything You Hear Can and Will Be Used: A Brief Guide to Research for Fiction Writers." Mr. Parker teaches creative writing and literature in UNCG's English Department, and is the author of a number of novels and collections of short stories. His works include Hello Down There (1993), The Geographical Cure (1994), Virginia Lovers (2004), If You Want Me to Stay (2005), and Don't Make Me Stop Now (2007).
2010 Symposium Prize Winners
- Arts & Humanities:
- First Prize: Alexandra Creola, "Hero Burials: The Tourist Attraction of Ancient Greece"
- Second Prize: Gina Hurley, "At Face Value: Mark Twain, the Presentation of the Self, and Photographic Agency, 1871-1908"
- Third Prize: Laura Brown, "Locating Lee Smith's Oral History in Southern Literary Traditions"
- Social, Physical, and Applied Sciences:
- First Prize: Tom Liles, "Stability and Security Problems in Ingushetia"
- Second Prize: Lee Weston Salisbury, "Hedge Funds: Structure, Function, Regulation, and Risk"
- Third Price: Carrie Stephens, "The Effect of Fluid Boluses on Body Temperatures in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants"
2009 Honors Symposium
The 2009 Honors Symposium was held on Friday, February 13, and featured 30 paper presentations. The keynote speaker was Mr. Roger Newman, who teaches "Journalism, the Law, and Society" at Columbia University. He is the author of Hugo Black: A Biography (1994; 1997), co-author of Banned Films: Movies, Censors and the First Amendment (1982) and editor-in-chief of The Constitution and Its Amendments (1999) as well as editor of the Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law (2008).
2009 Symposium Prize winners
- Social, Physical, and Applied Sciences:
- First Prize: Robert Gove (Computer Science and Applied Mathematics) "The Importance of Theoretical Research in Resource Allocation Strategies in Rockcress"
- Second Prize: Graham B. Slater (History and Social Studies Teaching Licensure) "Punitive Pedagogy: The Assault on Democracy in Education"
- Third Prize: Andrea J. Schronce (Political Science & Economics) "The 2008 Beijing Olympics: Liberal and Realist Analyses"
- Arts and Humanities:
- First Prize: Erin Andrews (English and Women's and Gender Studies) "Taking Another Look: Visual Communication and Critical Interpretation"
- Second Prize: Kaitlin Clinnin (Women's and Gender Studies and English) "Beyond the Gaze: Eroticization and Identification with Lara Croft"
- Third Prize: Jayme Mallindine (Religious Studies and Psychology) "The Absent Self: Buddhism and Issues of Authenticity within Second Life"