Scholars' Showcase


Scholars' Showcase 2018 Schedule


Scholars' Showcase 2017

Scholars' Showcase is . . . 

Every April, Graceland University student scholars from a variety of academic disciplines are selected to present their work to an audience of fellow students, faculty and visitors. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the University’s emerging scholars.

Graceland students will have a chance to see the results of their hard work as they listen to and interact with scholar presenters. Area high school students, members of National Honor Society and their counselors will be in attendance. 

The project was started by Dan Pratt, Bill Norman, Sherri Kirkpatrick and Jeana Wilcox in 2009 and has been growing dramatically each year. The Scholars' Showcase now includes over 100 scholarly works and is an all-day event.  The goal is to develop a culture of high quality research, scholarship and creative activities. The showcase is an opportunity for students and professors to professionally demonstrate their scholarly works for the entire campus to see and enables all schools to see each other’s work in one place. Scholarly works are represented by posters, presentations, demonstrations, senior projects, art shows, musical instrument recitals and more.

Graceland University Professor of Chemistry Dr. Dan Pratt, one of the original founders of this event, commented that the original intent “was to incorporate undergraduate research back into the curriculum. This led to the formation of our Scholars’ Showcase which highlights our students' creative, scholarly and artistic work. To me, the importance of Graceland University’s Scholars’ Showcase comes down to providing an opportunity to show off who we are academically.”

Scholars' Showcase 2018

Thursday, April 12 
Applications due: March 23, 5 p.m.

Application Form

Contact Dennis McElroy (

Keynote Speaker - Jordan Wayne Long

Jordan Wayne LongJordan Wayne Long is a performance and video artist originally from Bald Knob, Arkansas. He also co-founded the artist documentary site Half Cut Tea and HCT.Media with fellow artist Matt Glass. HCT.Media's work has been featured on MSNBC, NPR, Huffpost, The A.V. Club, and clients including The Jim Henson Company, BBC, KCET, LINKTV, PBS and others.

In 2017, Long won an Emmy for the documentary Fallujah: Art, Healing and PTSD and an Emmy for A Lost L.A. TV series. He completed his undergraduate at Graceland University in 2008 and went on to earn an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2011. His current work deals with an individual's relationship to trauma/human condition.

For more on Jordan Wayne Long, please visit:


View the Scholars Showcase schedule & directory.