The Southern Regional Honors Council is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Conference will be held from Thursday March 19 through Saturday March 21 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama!

With everything in flux from our planet, our countries, and our cities to our institutions, our programs, and ourselves, we have chosen for this year’s conference theme “Negotiating Change.” Come help us ponder the nature of change—the forces that prompt it, how it is anticipated (or not) and responded to, what it reveals or enables or destroys—in a city itself in the midst of change:  from its origins in steel plants and Jim Crow to its present as a burgeoning southern center of music, medicine, visual arts, civil rights history, and nationally renowned cuisine.  Come join us in Birmingham next March for SRHC 2020! 

Dates to Remember

  • Room Block Reservations:  Open now! See below for details.

  • Submissions and Registration:  Open November 15, 2019

  • Submission Deadline:  January 15, 2020

  • Notification of Acceptance:  January 20, 2020

  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline:  February 10, 2020

  • Room Block Closes: February 26, 2020

  • Registration Deadline:  March 10, 2020

  • Conference Dates:  March 19-21, 2020

Submission Categories

*see below regarding audio-visual support

  •  Oral presentation

    • Time:  15 minutes (12 min. presentation immediately followed by 3 min. Q&A)

    • Topic: Oral presentations are welcome in any field

  • Poster presentation

    • Time: Poster sessions will last 1.5 hours

      • Topic: Poster presentations are welcome in any field. Posters will be grouped in four categories. You’ll be asked to select one of the following:

      • Arts & Humanities

      • Social and Behavioral Sciences

      • Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

      • Business, Education, Pedagogy, Honors Programming

    • Format: Posters should be no larger than 40" x 60". Presenters will be provided a cardboard backing and an easel for display but *no A/V or access to electricity.

  • Student Panel presentation

    • Time: 40-minute presentation plus 10 minutes Q&A

    • Topic: Panel should address a topical issue of interest to honors students.

    • Format:  minimum of three (optimally 3-5) presenters

  • Best Administrative Practices in Honors Education

    • Time:  50 minutes total

    • Topic:  any topic of interest to directors, faculty, and staff related to administering an honors program or college

    • Format:  round table, open discussion, or panel presentation (to be decided by presenters)

  • Digital Film

    • Time:  introduction (2 minutes); film (max of 8 minutes); Q&A (5 minutes)

  • Music performance or recording

    • Time: Maximum length of 5 minutes. Performances requiring piano will take place at the Birmingham Museum of Art on Friday evening. Other performances may also occur at the Museum if space permits, or in a general conference session.

    • Format: Live performance

  • Art exhibition

    • Time: Art pieces will be displayed at the Birmingham Museum of Art on Friday evening. Exhibitors will need to be present for 45 minutes-1 hour.

    • Format: Any 2D or 3D art work; photography. Presenters will be provided a cardboard backing and an easel for display. A table will be provided for any work of sculpture. (Artists are responsible for transporting their own art.)

Audio-visual support 

*Presenters should seriously consider whether audio-visual support is critical to their presentations. Presenters (in any category other than Digital Film) for whom an LCD projector is to be provided will incur a $50 charge per presentation to be paid at the time of registration. No audio-visual equipment or access to electricity will be available for the poster category. Audio-visual equipment will be freely provided for accepted proposals in the Digital Film category.

Queries about submissions:

Please contact Conference Chair Rebecca Freeman at or (205) 934-3228.

Registration Details


  • Student Early Registration: $160

  • Faculty Early Registration: $180

  • Student Late Registration: $200

  • Faculty Late Registration: $220


  • Student Early Registration: $180

  • Faculty Early Registration: $200

  • Student Late Registration: $220

  • Faculty Late Registration: $240

Hotel Information

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

2101 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

The room block is now open! Use the following link to reserve your rooms: Book your group rate for SPG 2020 Southern Regional Honors Council

Room Rates

Single/Double: $149.00

Triple/Quad: $159.00

Ground Transportation

  • The Sheraton provides a free shuttle from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport every 30 minutes. Bringing a large group? Let us know by March 1 what day/time you’ll be arriving and we’ll ask the Sheraton to send an extra van.

  • Driving in? We’ve negotiated a discounted rate on overnight self-parking - $11.20.