Competitive Awards

We would like to celebrate the achievements of individual members and chapters at the 2020 National Conference!

Five Awards will be given at the 2020 W.E.B. Honor Society National Conference.  Individuals and groups may compete for multiple awards, but a separate abstract must be submitted for each one. 

The deadline for all abstracts will be Saturday November 30, 2019, and the deadline for the final submissions will be Friday, January 31, 2020.  

Expand each section below to read specific requirements for each award. 

Accordion Content

This award will be given to one individual or group presenting the top scholarly presentation at the conference. Each presentation must be based on a theme from “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois in one of the following formats: paper, roundtable discussion, poster presentation, slideshow/PowerPoint, photo collage, and spoken word.

A perpetual plaque will be given to the affiliated chapter with the chapter’s name and year engraved on the plate on the perpetual plaque.  The plaque will reside with the chapter until the next national conference, at which time it will be passed to the subsequent winner.  

Deadlines

  • Abstract: Saturday November 30. 2019
  • Final Submission: Friday, January 31, 2020

 Click HERE to learn more and to submit an abstract.

This award will be given to the chapter that demonstrates the most effective use of social media to elevate the chapter’s platform on campus and the community. The campaign should take place between October 2019 and January 30, 2020.* We will also look at the creativity of your campaign.

The campaign should demonstrate how the chapter is:

  • Recruiting New Members
  • Maintaining Engagement of Members Once Inducted
  • Promoting the Legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois and the Spirit of the Honor Society

Deadlines

  • Abstract: Saturday November 30, 2019
    • Title of Social Media Campaign—15 words or fewer
    • Summary of Social Media Campaign – 300 words or fewer
      • Includes the campaign’s objective
    • Proposed calendar for your social media campaign
      • Includes proposed dates for posts and social media outlets
    • List of Chapter Members Working on Social Media Campaign
  • Final Submission: Friday, January 31, 2020
    • Final calendar for your social media campaign
      • Includes the actual dates for posts and lists social media outlets
    • A copy of 5 of your posts (full color screenshot view) to include any photos or videos (if videos were used, please include the links.)
    • The post-campaign analytics (number of views, likes, etc.)
    • Reflection Word Document – 1000 words
      • Summary of campaign’s objective, methods used to achieve an effective campaign, and reflection on the outcomes of the campaign. (what worked?, what did not?, how would you improve things for next time?)

Click HERE to submit an abstract.

*For the 2020 Conference, a chapter may submit a social media campaign from Spring 2019, Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 terms.  For subsequent national conferences after 2020, only Fall term campaigns will be considered.

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This award will be given to the chapter that demonstrates the most successful community service campaign, whether on-campus or off-campus during the Fall term 2019 through January 30, 2020.

Deadlines

  • Abstract: Saturday November 30 2019
    • Title of Community Service Campaign—15 words or fewer
    • Beneficiary of Campaign (Who will benefit from your campaign?)
    • Purpose of Campaign (What is the proposed service to be provided?)
    • Summary of Community Service Campaign – 300 words or fewer
    • List of Chapter Members Working on Community Service Campaign
  • Final Submission: Friday, January 31, 2020
    • Reflection Word Document – 1000 words
      • Beneficiary of Campaign (Who benefitted from your campaign?)
      • Purpose of Campaign (What was the service that was provided?
      • Number of Total Hours Given to the Community Campaign
      • Number of Du Bois Members Involved in Campaign
      • Summary of the campaign’s objective, methods used to achieve an effective campaign (including supplies and resources used), and reflection on the outcomes of the campaign. (what worked?, what did not?, how would you improve things for next time?)

Click HERE to submit an abstract.

**For the 2020 Conference, a chapter may submit a community service campaign from Spring 2019, Summer 2019 or Fall 2019 terms. For subsequent national conferences after 2020, only Fall campaigns will be considered.

This award will be given to the chapter individual(s), who come(s) up with the best t-shirt design for the upcoming 2020 W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society National Conference. The t-shirt design should include elements that reflect the spirit of the honor society and the legacy of Du Bois’ teachings. Also, keep in mind that the colors of the honor society are red, black, and green. These elements should be represented in your design. The design should include the words, “2020 W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society National Conference” as part of the design on the front of the shirt. Also, please make sure to include a separate design component on the back of the shirt as well. The t-shirt color will be black or khaki, depending on the design. Designer(s) may specify color preference with the final design submission.

Deadlines

  • Abstract: November 30, 2019
    • Summary of Your Design – 300 words or fewer (include elements used)
    • If submitting a draft/sketch (not required), please upload as well.
  • Final Design Entry: Friday, January 31, 2020
    • We will need the final design in both jpeg (high resolution) and pdf format
    • We will need the conference t-shirt design in its final form by this deadline. No exceptions. We will need to have time to vote on the design and get the t-shirts ordered before the conference in March 2020.

Click HERE to submit an abstract.

Seal shaped like a shield with

This award will be given to the chapter individual(s), who come(s) up with the best seal redesign. This is a prestigious award, as future chapters will receive induction materials with your design every year.

Current Seal Design
The current seal is divided into three areas each containing a symbol that represents the ideals of the society. The upper left section contains a book and quill symbolizing scholarship. The upper right section contains a key and the words “talented 10” symbolizing leadership. The lower section of the shield contains a globe supported by two hands symbolizing service.

Your Redesigned Seal

Your seal redesign should include elements that reflect these same values of the honor society (scholarship, leadership and service) and the legacy of Du Bois’ teachings, but you may choose to represent these values using different symbols and configuration.

The design must include the following elements:

  • The words, “W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society”
  • The phrase “EST. 1991” on the seal.
  • The colors red, black, and green.

We tentatively hope to roll out the new seal design for the honor society by Fall 2020. 

Deadlines

  • Abstract: Wednesday November 13, 2019
    • Summary of Your Design – 300 words or fewer (include elements used)
    • If submitting a draft/sketch (not required), please upload as well.
  • Final Design Entry: Friday, January 31, 2020
    • The final design in both jpeg (high resolution) and pdf format. 

Click HERE to submit an abstract.

Registration is open to all W.E.B. Du Bois Chapter Members, Advisors and Member Alumni.  Other interested parties are also welcome to attend.

The registration fee includes all sessions on Saturday, March 28, 2020, lunch and a swag bag.

Registration is open until Saturday November 30, 2019.

If you would like to make a presentation at the conference, please take a look at the Scholarly Presentation Submission for the descriptions, criteria and deadlines.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to seeing you in March 2020!

"We, the members of the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society, join together to form a national society whose purpose shall be to nurture a spirit of scholarship, to recognize and encourage leadership, to provide service and to establish the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group. Our intention is to support the self-awareness of our members, to promote equal opportunities among all peoples, and to emphasize the scholastic advancement of African American scholars."

-Preamble to the W.E.B. Du Bois National Constitution & Bylaws