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Submissions are OPEN for the Spring 2020 NOVA Honors Symposium!

What It Is

The NOVA Honors Symposium is an opportunity for all NOVA  Honors students, as well as students in varied NOVA Honors societies, to showcase their academic work, gain experience presenting in the context of an academic conference, and build unity and connections with like-minded Honors students from all NOVA campuses.

This semester’s symposium will be held on Friday, March 6th from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM on the Loudoun campus. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL FOR CONSIDERATION is Friday, February 21st at 11:59 PM EST. MONETARY PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE TOP TALKS!

We will consider the quality of your written proposal when we review it for acceptance, and late submissions WILL NOT be considered. If you have any questions, please direct them to your campus Honors Lead Faculty member.  Confirmation of acceptance of your presentation will be sent to your NOVA email on Friday, Feb. 28.

By submitting a proposal, you acknowledge that you are available to present at anytime between 12:00PM and 3:00PM on the day of the Symposium (March 6), and that you will be present and on-site for the entire duration of the event.

Eligibility and Presentation Requirements

To be eligible, all presenters must satisfy one of the eligibility criteria listed below. Late arrival to the event location will result in disqualification. Presentations will be scheduled in 15 minute intervals. Students will have 10-12 minutes for the oral presentation; presentations that are less than 8 minutes or over 12 minutes will be disqualified.  The remaining time is  for Q&A.  All presentations will end at 15 minutes. All presentations must have a Works Cited page (in print or on slide). Visual aids, such as PowerPoint or Prezi, are recommended but not required. If selected for an award, eligible awardees should be prepared to provide proof of their home address at the Symposium.


Participants must satisfy ONE of the following criteria to participate. Please be prepared to indicate by which criterion you are eligible on the proposal form.

Participants must be:

  • currently taking a course for Honors credit in this Spring, 2020 semester, or
  • NOVA Honors Program Student, as designated by the HNRP student group code, or
  • an officially designated member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, or
  • an officially designated member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars,
  • a currently enrolled student at NOVA with a GPA of 3.5 or greater with a minimum of 12 completed NOVA credits. If you are submitting in this category, please contact your campus Honors Lead Faculty person prior to submission.

**Previous Symposium awardees are welcome to participate, and are not eligible to receive a cash award. Students will receive constructive feedback following the Symposium.

To submit a proposal for acceptance into the Symposium, please click HERE (Links to an external site.)

Good luck! We hope to see you there!!!

The NOVA Honors Fall 2019 Symposium NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

NOVA Honors Students, Faculty, Staff, and Supporters!

NOVA Honors is proud to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Fall NOVA Honors Symposium! Our symposium is in its 7th year, and we couldn’t be happier about the continued success of this event!

The symposium will be held on Friday, October 25th from 12:00PM to 4:00PM, and will begin in room CA-302 on the NOVA Annandale Campus. The submission deadline is 5:00PM, Friday, October 18th. For complete information, please click on the NOVA Honors Symposium link in the navigation bar of this blog, or click on the link below.

Who is eligible to participate? We accept submission from the following students:

  • NOVA Honors Program Students (HNRP Student Group)
  • Students taking courses for Honors credit in the Fall 2019 semester
  • Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
  • Members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Students with a confirmed GPA of 3.5 or higher with a minimum of 6 college credits AND recommendation of campus Honors Lead Faculty member

We hope to see you there! Please let us know if you have any questions. Here is the link with more information, including the link to submit a proposal to be included in the symposium:

Thanks folks!


The NOVA Honors Program Orientation and Kickoff!

The NOVA Honors Program held it’s Honors Student Orientation and Kickoff at the CE Forum on the Annandale Campus on Friday, August 9th, 2019. We had a wonderful turnout, and we were thrilled to see so many of our wonderful new and returning students! We were happy to accept so many of you into our Honors courses for the Fall semester, and we are encouraged that many of you took the extra step to apply to formally join the NOVA Honors Program as a student pursuing a NOVA Honors certificate of completion.

If you are already a student who has been accepted into the NOVA Honors Program in pursuit of the Certificate of Completion and the transcript indicator that comes with it, we talked from 9 to 10 AM about the importance of planning for what is left undone and how to finish strong. If you would like a tool that we use to help you out with this, click on the link below to the NOVA Honors Core Curriculum Tracker. You can use this to track your progress through the NOVA Honors Core and to ensure when you are finished with your certificate requirements.

Honors Program Curriculum Tracker

From there, we welcomed Honors Pathway Counselor Ms. Kristy Balbuena, and NOVA Transfer Specialist Ms. Jennifer Nelson to talk about transfer issues, items to keep in mind when beginning the transfer process, and how to finish strong and healthy. Much needed words of advice, and we thank them for donating their time to our Program!

At 11 AM, we welcomed in our group of students who are registered into Honors courses for the Fall semester. We started with a fun exercise on how to survive on a raft at sea (!), we talked about what to expect in NOVA Honors Courses, what the environment is like, the REAL components that you find in all of what we do (hint… Research, Enrichment, Academic Rigor, and Leadership!), and we presented our first-pass NOVA Honors conference calendar for the year. For our Honors Program Students and everyone taking Honors courses, our Fall Honors Symposium is scheduled for Friday, October 25th with a submission deadline is Friday, October 18th! This will get it’s own blog post, so be on the lookout for that soon! For the Honors Program Students, we have an upcoming Virginias Collegiate Honors Council Conference on Saturday, September 14th at Shenandoah University. This will get it’s own blog post as well so stay tuned for this as well. The Spring semester is when it really heats up, with several opportunities to attend and present at Honors conferences. One semester at a time, though! We’ll get to the Spring semester a little later.

We finished up by talking about how to join the NOVA Honors Program to those students who are interested in doing so. We do everything to make our Honors courses as rewarding and valuable as we can to all students who are qualified and interested in the experience we offer, and to those students who really want to make the Program the centerpiece of their NOVA educational experience by formally joining the NOVA Honors Program, we do all we can to make sure that they get the best advising, opportunities, and transfer guidance that we can offer. If you think you might be interested in joining the Program, take a look at the NOVA Honors Webpage at If you want to go in on that, please take a look at the application and contact the Honors Lead Faculty person at your campus.

NOVA Honors Campus Lead Faculty
  • Alexandria – Dr. Tatiana Stantcheva (
  • Annandale – Dr. Kristen Simmons ( / (Prof. Stephanie Shipe ( after August 16th)
  • Loudoun – Dr. Deborah Naquin (
  • Manassas – Dr. Dahlia Henry-Tett (
  • Woodbridge – Prof. Stephanie Dupal (

Thank you again for your dedication to your education, and we hope that your experience in NOVA Honors this semester, or for as long as you are at NOVA, is a rewarding and memorable one. Below is a link to the presentation slides that we used in the Orientation, and if you have any questions about any of it, feel free to reach out.

NOVA Honors Orientation and Welcome 2019-2020

Here we go, folks! Let’s get to it and make it shine!


Paul Fitzgerald, NOVA College Honors Coordinator