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U of M’s Helen Hardin Honors Program Will Host Regional Honors Conference University News
For release: February 3, 2010

For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The University of Memphis Helen Hardin Honors Program will host the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council’s annual conference Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, in the FedEx Institute of Technology on the U of M campus. The event brings together honors students, faculty, and administrators to share the results of undergraduate research in all fields of study.

Tennessee State Sen. Jim Kyle will be the featured speaker at Saturday’s noon luncheon in the FedEx Institute. His address will focus on higher education in Tennessee.

The conference schedule includes a reception on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. The main program on Saturday, Feb. 13, will feature oral presentations by top undergraduate researchers from honors programs throughout Tennessee.

“We are deeply honored to welcome honors students and faculty from 14 colleges and universities to this event,” said Melinda Jones, director of the Helen Hardin Honors Program. 

This year’s conference will include more than 50 student presentations and 100 conference guests. Visiting institutions will be Austin Peay State University, the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, Middle Tennessee State University, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Rust College, Lee University, Southwest Tennessee Community College, and Nashville State Community College. Students from the U of M’s Helen Hardin Honors Program will participate in the oral presentations as well as serve as hosts for the conference.

Conference registration costs $30. The fee covers the Friday evening reception, admission to conference sessions, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Students, faculty, and administrators may register for the conference online at

For more information, contact Colton Cockrum, assistant director of the Helen Hardin Honors Program and president of the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council, at 901-678-2690.

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