NRHC 2021

Infrequently Asked Questions:

Finding Solutions to Impossible Problems

Conference Information

This year's conference will take place virtually in April 2021. We are excited by the many new and creative ways we can further the traditions set by past conferences, including interactive student presentations of all kinds, a prominent keynote speaker, a common read with a live author Q&A, resources for Honors administrators, and much more. The conference will feature events spanning several weeks culminating in a weekend of student presentations April 10-11, 2021. 

View this year's schedule of events here.

Submission instructions, presentation guidelines, and recommendations for pre-recorded presentations are now featured here. Presenters of all presentation types are required to submit their presentations to this form in advance. Please encourage your students to study the guidelines to ensure that they submit the appropriate file types by the designated deadlines.


  • The deadline for student presenters to register is Friday, March 5th.

  • Presenters of pre-recorded presentations must submit them here by March 10th for publication on the NRHC website prior to the conference.

  • Presenters of live presentations should submit their materials here by March 31st so that moderators can access them in case of technical difficulties.

All student presentations will take place April 10th or 11th. View the presentation schedule here.


Early Bird Registration is Now Open! - Click Here

Registration Price -

  • Regular Registration - $99

Registration Deadlines -

  • Friday, March 2nd - Deadline for presenter to register

  • Wednesday, April 7th – Regular registration ends

Rollover Policy - All institutions who previously paid for registration to the 2020 conference in Albany, NY and opted to roll those funds over to 2021 can indicate this during the registration process. Any institution still carrying additional rollover credit can apply it to the 2022 NRHC conference.

Conference Theme

This year’s conference theme is “Infrequently Asked Questions: Finding Solutions to Impossible Problems.” Perhaps more than ever before, our upcoming conference will serve as a call-to-action to presenters to identify problems on a local, national, or global scale, and seek out attainable and necessary solutions. Click here to read the conference theme.

Conference Events

Click here to see the Conference Schedule.

Click here to learn about the 1st ever City as Quest!

Click here to learn about our Keynote Speaker, Christine Simiriglia of Pathways to Housing PA.

Click here to learn about our Distinguished Author, Cody McDevitt, our Common Read book, Banished from Johnstown:

Racist Backlash in Pennsylvania, and our first ever Student Essay Contest.


student activities committee

I’m a student and I would like to join the events committee. How do I do that?

  • Fill out an application and wait for a response.

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Email Taylor Bennett and Sanskar Marahat (nrhcstudentreps@gmail.com), this year’s student reps, with questions.

Opportunities to Publish

  • We would like to encourage you to submit your presentation electronically to the NRHC journal, Illuminate. We encourage submissions across all presentation platforms:

    • Poster Presentation -  submit your finished poster as a PDF file or PowerPoint

    • Paper Presentation -submit the paper you based your presentation on 

    • Roundtable Presentation  submit any handouts or a paper that you based your presentation on

    • Idea Exchange Presentation -share any materials or ideas with the membership 

    • Art Gallery Presentation - submit photos of your work

  • The form to submit your work can be found here.

  • You may also opt-in to having your piece reviewed for the official 2021 edition of Illuminate.As we begin to receive submissions, our Illuminate team will start to upload them to the website. If you have any questions, you may reach out directly to the editors of Illuminate at illuminatenrhc@gmail.com.We hope you take advantage of this opportunity!

program cover art contest

Each year, the cover art for our conference program is designed by a student. This is a fantastic way to expand an art portfolio or resumé. For their submission, the winning artist will receive a certificate and a $100 Amazon gift card.


What are the specifications for the program cover contest?

  • Submissions should illustrate, exemplify, interpret and embody our theme (Infrequently Asked Questions: Finding Solutions to Impossible Problems).

  • Submit designs to northeastregionalhonorscouncil@gmail.com  by February 1st, 2020.

  • Design specifications: 

    • 11” x 17” 2-page spread, four-color (CMYK color mode) full bleed art work.

    • Front cover: (right-hand side of layout) Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference, logo (front or back), title of conference "Infrequently Asked Questions: Finding Solutions to Impossible Problems,"and dates of conference (April 10 – 11, 2021).

    • Back cover: an extension of front, or completely different image, name of the artist.

See examples of previous cover art below or visit our past conferences page for additional examples.



Contact us at northeastregionalhonorscouncil@gmail.com.

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