The Beacon Conference

Celebrating Student Scholars at Two-Year Colleges in the Mid-Atlantic Region

The 2022 Beacon Conference will be held virtually via Zoom

Please use the links above to access the official Beacon call for submissions, submission guidelines, and previous conference proceedings.

The 2022 Beacon Conference drew submissions from 13 community colleges in 4 Mid-Atlantic states. In total, 33 two-year colleges and 35 four-year institutions have been involved in the event.

Why Beacon?

Find A Mentor

Receive guidance from an enthusiastic faculty member who has expertise in your topic's field. Enhance your questions, ideas, arguments, and presentation.

Get Academic Writing Experience

Refine, revise, expand, and meticulously document sustained academic prose.

Present To An Enthusiastic Audience

Present your work to a judge, other panel presenters, and a mix of faculty, family, and friends, all listening closely and able to ask questions about your work.

Receive Recognition

Panel presenters have submitted the best, most interesting papers, and they compete for Panel Awards that include monetary prizes and publication.

Get Conference Experience

Participate in this academic and professional conference, presenting your ideas and listening to others' ideas, and gain a range of experiences that encourage further development of valuable skills that transfer into many other contexts.

Complete Extended Research

Return to a favorite project, broaden its scope, reconsider its findings, or dive into additional data, reports, or criticism.