National Honors Councils

Wichita State University is an institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and Great Plains Honors Council, which provide honors students the opportunity to attend a national or regional conference. There, they may present original research, organize a panel or be trained as a moderator along with networking with other honors students from across the country or the region.

Listed below are a few of the many opportunities sponsored by the NCHC.

Partners in the Parks
Partners in the Parks is an outdoor experiential learning program coordinated by the National Collegiate Honors Council. PITP projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value.

Awards and Scholarships
NCHC offers several annual awards and scholarships. The most prestigious, the Portz Fellowship program, was launched in 2010 and is supported by the John and Edythe Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship. It is intended to support creative and innovative endeavors that cross boundaries, inviting application from individuals who wish to undertake cross disciplinary research or from a team of two students from different disciplines who propose a single collaborative project. The project will be funded for a period of up to 18 months.

Annual National Conference
While the National Collegiate Honors Council is active throughout the year, it is at the annual national conference held in the fall, that members from across the United States gather to share ideas and take part in panels, workshops and lectures about all different aspects of honors programs. There are numerous opportunities for honors students to participate in NCHC events and in the national conference as presenters, panel participants, moderators and more.