We’d like to invite you to join us this spring for the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference at the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa!
The conference will run from March 30th to April 1st, and it will feature student and faculty presentations, roundtables, and poster sessions. There will also be opportunities for social interaction and networking with other Honors students, faculty, and staff from across the region.
The cost of registration is $80 per person. To register for the conference, click here! (or, copy and paste: bit.ly/3vaQPSw).
We’d also like to invite students, faculty, or staff to submit a proposal to present at the conference. Presentation options include individual presentations of academic or creative work, poster presentations, panel discussions, or interactive roundtable discussions.
This year’s UMHC conference theme—”Striking a Balance”—explores the challenges that Honors Students (and faculty!) face trying to keep everything in their hectic and high-achieving lives perfectly in balance. Proposals that engage this conference theme—however you interpret it—are certainly welcome, but by no means required.
To submit a proposal for the conference, click here! (or, copy and paste: bit.ly/3PIKwiu).
The deadline for proposal submissions for UMHC 2023 is Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by March 15, 2023. Information about accommodations, applications for travel subsidies, and directions to DMACC is copied below.
If you have any questions about the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact UMHC 2023 Steering Committee member Dan Platt at firstname.lastname@example.org (or 515-414-4580) or Student Conference Coordinator Kylee Thilges at email@example.com.
We wish you all a pleasant winter break, and we look forward to seeing you at DMACC in March!
All the best,
Laurie J. Linhart, Ph.D.
DMACC Honors Director and Upper Midwest Honors Council Vice President
Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny Campus
Accommodations: We’ve booked a block of rooms at the Residence Inn by Marriott Des Moines - Ankeny at 1515 SW Main Street, Ankeny. The discounted group rate is $139 per night.To reserve a room, call: (515) 446-7300. The group is Upper Midwest Honors Council, and our contact person is Cheryl Jass. To ensure that you qualify for the group rate, please make your reservation by March 8th.
Application for UMHC Travel Subsidies: In the spring of 2022, the Upper Midwest Honors Council voted to make available limited funding to aid schools in offsetting travel costs associated with the annual meeting each spring. Applications will be evaluated by members of the Executive Board and funding is capped at $250 per institution. Applications will be reviewed based on:
You can find the subsidy application here: https://umhc-honors.org/annual-meeting
Getting to DMACC: DMACC-Ankeny is conveniently located near the confluence of I-35 and I-80. It is, perhaps, the middest of wests. Here’s a google maps link to the building where most conference activities will take place.
And here’s a link to official directions:
Local Weather: https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/ia/ankeny
In the spring of 2022, the Upper Midwest Honors Council voted to make available limited funding to aid schools in offsetting travel costs associated with the annual meeting each spring. Applications will be evaluated by members of the Executive Board and funding is capped at $250 per institution.
Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
1. Size of available honors budget/funding
2. Distance from your institution to the host site
3. Number of students benefited from the award
For schools who seek financial assistance to offset their travel costs to the annual meeting, UHMC sponsors a modest grant program to assist student delegations. The application, due ONE WEEK prior to the annual meeting, can be found here