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Honors Day 2023

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Honors Day is a day to celebrate the many remarkable achievements of our students. The day will start with the 25th Annual Rall Symposium for Student Research. The Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research was first held in 1998 as a forum for showcasing excellence in student research at North Central College. Each year, the Symposium has drawn an increasing number of student presenters while maintaining high presentation standards. In 2023, graduate students were invited to showcase their work too. The Symposium is named for Dr. Joseph Rall, M.D., Ph.D., North Central Class of 1940. Dr. Joseph Rall was involved in the Symposium since its inception and played a critical role in attracting Nobel Laureates and other distinguished scholars to speak to Symposium attendees. Dr. Rall won numerous awards and honors from the medical and scientific communities. He retired as deputy director of intramural research at the National Institutes on Health -- the highest civil service position at the NIH -- and was described as America's foremost authority on the thyroid. A member of the National Academy of Science, Dr. Rall’s most important role at the National Institutes of Health was to make all the decisions for major funding of scientific research. A passionate but tough researcher not afraid to set high standards, he catalyzed undergraduate research at North Central, his alma mater, by sponsoring the Rall Symposium, so students across the curriculum could present their work for their peers, teachers, parents and leading researchers who keynote the Symposium. 

In the afternoon, the college will host its 47th Annual Honors Convocation where a variety of student awards will be presented. The day will conclude with inductions to several honor societies. 


Schedule of Events 

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. 
Coffee and Conversation 
Wentz Concert Hall Lobby 

8:30 a.m. 
Dr. Donna Carroll, Interim President of North Central College 
Wentz Concert Hall 

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Keynote Address, TBA 

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
25th Annual Rall Symposium for Student Research 
Wentz Science Center 

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Poster Sessions 
Judy G. Stevenson Hall 
Wentz Science Center 

10:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Oral Presentations Session 1 
Wentz Science Center Classrooms  

11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Oral Presentations Session 2 
Wentz Science Center Classrooms  

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 
Kaufman Dining Hall 

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
47th Annual Honors Convocation 
Wentz Concert Hall 

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Wentz Concert Hall Lobby 

4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Student Honor Societies Inductions 
Various Locations