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Honors Day 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Honors Day is a day to celebrate the many remarkable achievements of our students. The day will start with the 24th Annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate 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. 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 46th Annual Honors Convocation where a variety of student awards will be presented. The day will conclude with inductions to several honor societies. 


Honors Day Program

For more information on this year's Rall Symposium, and other events throughout the day, you can view the Honors Day program here.


Virtually Attend the Oral Presentations

Session I and Session II of the Oral Presentations are in-person events, however, you are able to join virtually by clicking the below links in the schedule. You can view the presentations through Microsoft Teams or on the Microsoft Edge browser.


View the Honors Convocation here:


View Tri Alpha Honors Society Induction here:


Schedule of Events 

8:00 a.m. 
Check in for Rall Symposium Presenters 
Wentz Concert Hall Lobby 

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

8:30 a.m. 
Dr. Troy Hammond, President of North Central College 
Wentz Concert Hall 

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Keynote Address 
Dr. David W. Keith, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at the Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School 

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
24th Annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research 
Wentz Science Center 

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 am 
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  


Virtual viewing links below:

Communicating the Digital Age

Exploring Storytelling

Highlighting the Challenges of Public Service

Making New Measurements

Supporting Workers and Immigrants

Teaching the Next Generation


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


Virtual viewing links below:

Revisiting the Past

Analyzing Prices and Preferences

Bringing Awareness to Health Care

Examining Campus Life

Exploring the Role of Governments in our Lives

Improving K-12 Education


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

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
46th 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