Dear colleagues,

This is a timely reminder that the deadline for student paper submissions to the Beacon Conference is next Friday, Mar. 14 by 11:59 p.m.

The email after the jump includes the necessary information.

The conference is a wonderful opportunity for your students’ research papers to be acknowledged and recognized by established faculty from other community colleges in the Mid Atlantic region.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Effie Siegel, Professor
College-wide Beacon Conference Coordinator

Dear Colleagues,

This email is to inform and encourage you to have students submit papers for the annual Beacon Conference, a student honors paper conference run by a consortium of community colleges. Students are invited to submit research papers in any of 26 discipline categories.  Please see the attached flyer for submission guidelines, and the following website for general Beacon Conference information:

The research papers can be from the current semester or spring or fall 2015 semesters and must be submitted to the hosting institution by March 14.  The papers are ranked by faculty readers from the member institutions in each category and the top 3 ranked students in each category are then selected to present their papers at the conference on June 3. Four-year college professors serve as judges and they read the finalists’ papers before the panel presentation. This year the conference will be hosted by Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey.  Winning entries carry a $100 prize for the winning paper for both student and faculty mentor.

Please consider substantive student papers that might have been written for honors module classes or papers that you consider honors quality.  In addition to written work, field work might be part of an anthropology presentation, for example, while lab reports might be featured in a scientific or technical paper. Although the word limit for conference papers is 5,000 words (18 – 20 pages), successful entries have been accepted and have been competitive at 11-12 pages (around 3,300 words).

If you have a student who you would like to help submit his/her paper to the conference, please provide him/her with the website information and a copy of the Submission Guidelines (attached).  The guidelines also can be accessed from the Beacon website listed above.

Students submit their papers via the Submit tab on the Beacon website. Since students will be submitting their papers directly, it is important for them to check that the submission criteria are met.

Lastly, if you want, check out the Beacon conference Facebook page:

If you need more information about the Beacon Conference or submitting a student paper please contact me at

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.