2017 Student Scholars Conference

The 2017 Student Scholars Conference will showcase the scholarly work of eight students or student teams. The projects may be complete or they may be on-going.

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 Student Scholars selected from a highly competitive state-wide pool of entries! A full list of Student Scholars, Faculty Mentors, sponsoring schools, and presentation topics can be found here.


The LAND Student Scholars Competition is open to any student enrolled in a credit class at a public Michigan two-year college during the 2016 calendar year.


  • Selected student scholars will be expected to present their project in lightning talk format on Friday, February 17, 2017 at the LAND Conference in Muskegon.
  • Student Scholar presentations must last no more than fifteen minutes, including time for Q&A (suggested presentation time is 10-12 minutes).
  • Technology may be used: Prezi, PowerPoint, audio, video, internet, etc.

We are open to the following submissions

  • Formal research papers on a liberal arts topic
  • Student service projects that benefit the college and community
  • Original musical or dramatic compositions
  • Other scholarly work (Please ask us!)

The student must submit the original research or project documents. In the case that the research/project cannot be submitted via document (such as a theatrical performance, dance, other visual or performance arts), then documentation can include audio/video along with the student's presentation summary of the research/project. LAND is open to new and exciting projects - please email Finch Roberts with any questions!


Entries will be evaluated by members of the LAND steering committee. The eight selected proposals will demonstrate originality, creativity, and understanding in at least one of the liberal arts fields - fine arts, mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy, languages or social sciences.


All submissions must be to Finch Roberts by midnight, December 9, 2016.

  • Send Student Scholar submissions to: Finch@jccmi.edu
  • Please use the subject line "LAND Student Scholars"

Entry form

LAND does not accept submissions directly from students. All submissions must come directly from a faculty mentor.

Professor Finch Roberts
Coordinator, Student Scholars Conference

Finch Roberts is an associate professor of English at Jackson College. He holds a bachelor of science in film and a master's degree in English from Eastern Michigan University. He teaches a variety of literature courses, English composition, and ESL. He and his wife, Becky, are avid world-travelers and have lead study abroad trips to Brazil and Ireland.