The Honors Symposium showcases academic research and creative scholarship by JMU Honors students. Seniors give poster presentations about their Honors Capstone Projects, answer questions, and discuss their work with the public. Students in select Honors courses present their unique, interdisciplinary work. Overall, the symposium is a signature feature of the JMU Honors College experience. 

The Honors Symposium is held twice yearly in December and April. All students, faculty, alumni, family, and friends are welcome to attend. 

How to Participate

We invite participants who are working on academic projects in any of the following contexts:

  • Honors Capstone Projects (will fulfill the required public presentation)
  • Honors seminars and area of emphasis courses
  • Honors General Education classes
  • Honors options
  • Non-honors classes
  • Research labs and research apprenticeships
  • Creative and performance-based work
  • Study abroad experiences
  • Service work and community-based activity
  • Other

Group projects and collaborative presentations are encouraged.

Participating students present posters that outline and illustrate their scholarly projects. Information on designing research posters is available below.

Register via the online registration form for the semester in which you are interested in presenting. 

Upcoming Symposia

Winter 2017

Friday, December 1
12:00-1:30 PM
Festival Highlands Room

Interested in presenting at the Winter 2017 Honors Symposium?
Register now!

Registration deadline: November 24.

Questions? Contact Tammy Steele


Spring 2018

Wednesday, April 18
Time: TBA
Madison Union 256

Registration available from February 1, 2018.

Poster Design Workshops

These informal workshops provide an overview of how to design a poster for presentation at the Honors Symposium. Information on campus resources for poster printing will also be discussed. Students will have time to ask questions specific to their own project's poster presentation. Pre-registration for these workshops is not required.

Check the Events section of the Honors College website for specific dates each semester.

Resources for Designing Posters

The following resources provide guidelines and information on designing posters. Posters should be 36x48 in dimension. The East Campus Copy Center can print posters for as little as $12. Instructions are included in first link below.

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