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Beacon is an annual conference that celebrates the achievements of two-year college students in research and writing. Sponsored by a coalition of member community colleges, it creates an opportunity for outstanding students to showcase their research papers in varied academic disciplines.

Students work with their faculty mentors to submit papers that demonstrate outstanding scholarship and originality. All submitted papers are read by three readers from three different community colleges.  The top three papers in each category are selected for presentation; the fourth paper is invited to present in a poster session.

Beacon finalists are judged on originality and quality of research, written work, and oral presentation. The judge for each academic category chooses an outstanding presenter. Both the presenter and the presenter's faculty mentor are recognized at the closing session and are awarded $100.00 each.

Student papers with Beacon cover sheets signed by faculty mentors must be submitted to the campus Honors coordinators by the end of February.

Students and their faculty mentors are typically notified by the Conference as to whether their papers were accepted for presentation or inclusion in the poster session by the end of April.  

The Beacon Conference is held on the first Friday of June each year.

The Honors Program provides travel for invited Honors eligible students to the Beacon Conference.

Contact your campus honors coordinator with any questions.

You can find more information about the Beacon Conference at


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