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Honors Program:

Research Opportunities

The IVC Honors Program is dedicated to helping students (both Honors Program members and non-members) engage in meaningful, faculty-mentored research while at IVC. The Honors Program works to inspire students to engage in research, to match students with faculty mentors, and to recruit students to local and regional research conferences.

Below, you will find resources to help you begin with research and also information about several research conferences typically attended by IVC students and supported by the IVC Honors Program. To apply to research conferences, students must be in good standing at IVC, must work with a faculty mentor to define and conduct their research, and must submit a research abstract to the conference website and/or Honors Program Director describing their proposed or completed research project. The primary annual conferences supported by the IVC Honors Program include the following:

  • The IVC/Saddleback Student Research Symposium: held each fall semester on the alternating sister campuses
  • The Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research (SCCUR): held each November at a different campus in Southern California
  • The Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference: held each spring at UC Irvine
  • The Bay Honors Symposium: held alternately at Stanford and Berkeley campuses in late spring

All of these conferences are multidisciplinary; students are welcome to present research in any area. Each fall and spring semester, the Honors Program hosts several workshops and information sessions regarding research and research conferences. For more information, contact the Honors Program at

Note: The Honors Program sponsors student attendance at the conferences below. Other opportunities are available through IVC departments and clubs. For example, members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), Psi Beta Honor Society, and the Applied Science and Engineering Club (ASEC) attend research events throughout the year. Please contact those organizations for further information.

2019-20 Conference Opportunities

  • Who: IVC and Saddleback Students
  • Where: Irvine Valley College Campus
  • When: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8:00-3:00
  • Formats: Oral, poster, creative presentations; individual or group
  • Deadline: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019: 300-word proposal abstract of ongoing or completed research due
  • Awards: Poster and abstract awards
  • Conference Website for information and abstract submission:

  • Who: Students from community colleges, and 4-year colleges and universities, and high schools
  • Where: CSU San Marcos
  • When: Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30-4:00
  • Formats: Oral, poster, creative presentations; individual or group
  • Deadline: Sat., October 26, 2019: 300-word proposal abstract due
  • Conference Website for information and abstract submission:

  • What:UCI Community College Honors Research Conference
  • Who: Honors students and other high-performing students from CA community colleges
  • Where: UC Irvine
  • When: April 4, 2020
  • Formats: Oral, poster, creative presentations; individual or group
  • Deadline: Monday, December 9, 2019: 250-word proposal abstract
  • Awards: Several poster and abstract awards, $100-$1000; publication opportunity; UCI Grant opportunity
  • Conference Website for info and abstract submission: (opens 11/15)

  • Who: Community college Honors Program students only!
  • Where: UC Berkeley
  • When: May 2, 2020
  • Formats: Oral Presentations only; individual or group
  • Additional: Research project must be from an Honors course
  • Deadlines: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020: 150-word proposal abstract and 50-word methodology statement due to due to Honors Program Director
  • Awards: One award for best abstract and presentation; online publication opportunity
  • Conference Website for info: (not yet updated for 2019/2020)