Conference Information

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 conference will be held virtually on Friday, March 12, 2021.
Each year, the Michigan Academy organizes a conference where members present their scholarly work to peers and learn what research projects their colleagues are undertaking.

2021 Conference Information

Abstract Submission and Registration Information

View the Call for Papers Here.

Submit your 200 word abstract Here.

Register for the conference Here.

Conference Registration Fees:

Early rate (through 2/5); Regular rate (2/6 – 3/1);
No on-site registration, final registration deadline is March 1, 2021!

Faculty Affiliated with a Member Institution*
Early $150; Regular $170

Non-Affiliated Faculty and Independent Scholars*
Early $165; Regular $185

Retiree/Student with full membership*
Early $130; Regular $150

Student (Graduate and Undergraduate
Early $90; Regular $110

*These rates include required 2020-21 membership dues. Members receive a subscription to our academic journal the Michigan Academician.

Session Schedule

A schedule will be available early March.

The conference will be utilizing Microsoft Teams for the 2021 conference, download Teams Here.

Keynote Speakers

Trends in Substance Use in a Prohibitionist University Compared to General College Populations
Duane McBride, Gary Hopkins, Alina Baltazar, Curt VanderWaal, Karl Bailey & Stephen Eccles

Researchers at the Institute for the Prevention of Addictions have conducted surveys focusing on health risk behavior among students at Andrews University as well as risk and protective factors since 1991. These surveys have been conducted every 5-7 years. While each time-period has included different questions, there has been a core of questions that focused on substance use that allow us to examine trends. One of the major analyses that we have focused on is the comparison between the rates of substance use among Andrews students compared to national data from college students. A major question has been changes in the gap between the rates of substance use by Andrews students and national samples of college students. Has the gap increased, remained stable, or decreased? Theories of cultural diffusion and cultural leveling suggest that there should be a narrowing of differences over time. This presentation examines the impact of cultural diffusion on substance use among students at a University affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Church and the University have a strong alcohol, tobacco, and other substance use prohibition policy. Use of alcohol, tobacco and other substances can results in church discipline as well as dismissal from Andrews University. We will examine trends in the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana and compare those trends to rates of use in general college populations.

Virtual Posters

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Botany and Plant Ecology





Environmental Science and Ecology


Geological Sciences

Health and Human Sciences

Interdisciplinary Studies

Language and Literature




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