The June 24th deadline for submitting proposals for Student Perspectives is right around the corner.  Have you ever thought about organizing a panel, presenting a new idea or intriguing hordes of NCECA members with your amazing ideas?

Last year I navigated the application process for NCECA Student Perspectives and organized a panel discussion.  It was a rewarding experience that not only prepared me for applying to give presentations in the future, but also enabled me to share my ideas and work with fellow students and professionals in the field.

You can do it, yes you!  NCECA is a member’s organization; the content it offers comes primarily from its membership…that’s you.  Or it could be.  Your ideas matter and are what make NCECA great.

The application process can seem daunting but all you really need to do is follow the instructions found here.  The NCECA website provides information about the process and requirements. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Gather your information – Student Perspectives programming ranges in subject from issues centered on professional development to topical lectures about specific research.
  • Draft a proposal – like any piece of writing it is good to start with a general idea, move on to brainstorming or a simple outline, then write out step by step what you intend to present.
  • Once you have a solid draft make sure to have several people proofread it for you.  That is why you’re in school so that you have access to people.  It is also a good idea to have someone who knows nothing about ceramics read your proposal.
  • Gather images that relate directly to your proposal.  Think of these images as ones that might be used in your actual power point presentation.
  • Submit online (remember to answer the questions asked and complete every section)

Want to present, but not sure about a topic?  Student Perspectives vary widely.  Past programming has included themes from ceramic criticism, career building, pricing and packing your work, to post-graduation options, the pros and cons of residencies, and even social networking.

But don’t feel limited by a list of past topics, Student Perspectives programming is generated by students and often addresses the most leading edge and freshest, most innovative ideas of the conference.  Often they are specific to students but just as often they draw attendees from the general membership as well.  Truly, the possibilities are endless.

Screen Shot 2015-06-20 at 2.13.41 PMRemember in general that those participating in panels or presenting should be current students or recent grads.  Find my post in the NCECA Facebook group if you’re looking for ideas or would like to workshop an idea before submitting!


Curious, but feeling overwhelmed? Did a presentation for class, but don’t know how to reframe it for NCECA? You’re not alone.  Contact your friendly neighborhood SDAL’s if you have any questions: or  – we got your back