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Announcement and Call for Proposals 2019 Bing Honors College

Feb 4 2019

Since its inception in 1993, BHC has supported early progress on Honors theses by offering students an uninterrupted block of time to focus on their work under the close supervision of a faculty leader. In addition to developing increased opportunities for faculty to mentor Honors students, BHC fosters a sense of intellectual community among students within and across academic disciplines by bringing all participants together for events during the College.


We support these goals by providing the following:


·         A $6,000 stipend for Faculty Leaders. If there are more than 12 students from a department or program, BHC can fund a second faculty leader. Note: For departments or programs with fewer than 4 students in their cohort, we will either attempt to gather the students under a single appropriate Faculty Leader or provide a prorated stipend. For cohorts of 2-3, Faculty Leaders will receive a prorated stipend of $3,000. Cohorts of 1 student will not be funded, and these students should be asked to move to another cohort.

·         $1,000 for the hiring of a graduate student assistant; if there are more than 12 students, a second graduate student can be hired.

·         Programming funds and expert staff consultations made available to each participating department or program to help students with their writing, oral presentations, use of statistics and multi-media, and library and research skills.

·         For residential students: funding for room and board and for early arrival charges for fall quarter campus housing.

·         For day students, who for various reasons will not be living in BHC housing, full access to the Faculty Leader and cohort, and participation in the closing reception as well as all Bing Honors College-wide activities.


Beyond Honors College, the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking is an invaluable resource for Honors students during the academic year, providing individualized writing consultations on a continuing basis, workshops on various aspect of writing and research, technical assistance, and writing “boot camps” for concentrated writing. Whether your department/program participates in BHC or not, I hope you will consult with the Center about what will best support your Honors students.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, February 11, 2019. Please send your proposal, preferably as an email attachment, to In your proposal, please address the following:

·         How will Bing Honors College (BHC) benefit participating students and enhance your honors program? Please describe your expectations and what BHC students will accomplish during the College.

·         Please provide the name of the Faculty Leader.

·         Please provide your best estimate of the number of students you expect to participate.

·         What kind of support would you like from the Hume Center during BHC?

o   Writing, speaking, or multimedia workshops (e.g., Writing a Literature Review or Giving an Elevator Pitch)

o   Presentations from librarians and academic technology specialists

o   Presentations by faculty on research and writing processes

o   Writing group support

o   Other


Please visit the Bing Honors College website for more information about the program and faculty leader responsibilities, and contact Sarah Pittock, Director of Bing Honors College (, 650-723-4631), with any questions. If you received this note in error, please feel free to forward it to the appropriate person in your department/program. Thank you for your continued commitment to providing outstanding Honors programs to Stanford undergraduates.


Please send your proposals to


Very best,



Adam J. Banks

Faculty Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Professor, Graduate School of Education

Affiliate Faculty, African and African American Studies, Science and Technology Studies