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2018 Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference

March 22-24, 2018
Graceland University, Lamoni, IA.


Planning is underway for UMHC 2018!

The conference 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. 

Return to this page for more information regarding the conference, including registration and proposal submission forms.

“Future Stories”: This year’s theme—“Future Stories”—invites participants to think expansively and creatively about the stories we tell about the future.

“Future Stories”: This year’s theme—“Future Stories”—invites participants to think expansively and creatively about the stories we tell about the future.

We welcome proposals on all topics. However, proposals that engage the theme—broadly conceived—are strongly encouraged.

Here are some suggestions for theme-related proposals:

  • Visionary Thinkers and Artists
  • The Impact of Innovation and Technology
  • Imagining the Future of Medicine and Health Care
  • The Future of “Honors” Undergraduate Education
  • The Midwest in 2050
  • The Future of Movements for Social and Racial Justice
  • Stories of Dystopia and Utopia
  • Adapting to Climate Change and Other Environmental Crises
  • Posthumanism and Artificial Intelligence
  • Democracy and Governance in a Digitally-Connected World

General Session This type of presentation can be led by one person or involve a combination of faculty, staff and students. General sessions can be 25 or 50 minutes and are traditionally focused on topics such as research, teaching and learning, honors advising, best practices in honors, experiential learning, or extracurricular opportunities.


Roundtable Discussion –  These sessions give conference participants an opportunity to engage in lively discussions about topics of importance to the Honors community. Presenters are primarily viewed as discussion facilitators and should limit their own remarks. Roundtables can be 25 or 50 minutes, and topics can be similar to the topics for general sessions.


Idea Exchange – An idea exchange has the primary objective of sharing knowledge and experiences in the form of specific ideas that can be implemented at other colleges and universities. The idea exchange will take place at the same time as the poster show and will have a similar format (without the requirement for a poster). Participants are encouraged to bring handouts or other materials. Topics for the Idea Exchange might include ideas for events, creative teaching activities, living learning community opportunities, etc.


Poster Session – This is an opportunity for students and faculty to display original research or creative work in a visual form. Presenters will be responsible for printing and bringing their posters to the conference where they will be displayed during the poster showcase. Awards will be presented to the best posters in each of the following categories:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Health & Biological Sciences
  • Social Sciences & Education
  • Math & Engineering
  • Natural & Environmental Science
  • Diversity & Interdisciplinary Studies

The deadline for proposal submissions for UMHC 2018 is February 16th, 2018.
Presenters will be notified of their acceptance by February 26th, 2018.

*50 minute sessions will be offered as scheduling permits. We reserve the right to limit all presentations to 25 minutes if the schedule necessitates it. If the proposal is accepted for the conference, the presenters will be notified of their time allotment in the confirmation e-mail.


If you have any questions, please contact the Graceland Honors Program Secretary, Jessie Sherman, at 641-784-5150.


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