The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) welcomes current undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, students of professional degree programs (e.g. medical, law, dental, pharmacy), and postdoctoral scholars of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to participate in our Research Poster Session at the BDN Western Regional Conference themed: Connection, Collaboration & Cultivation which will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023 in Los Angeles, California at California State University, Los Angeles. If you have a research project, thesis, or dissertation you would like to present as a poster at a professional conference, the poster session is a good opportunity for you to showcase your academic work and receive feedback from scholars in a friendly and engaging environment. Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Why Should You Participate?

  • Obtain experience in presenting theoretical and scientific research at a conference
  • Gain exposure and feedback for your work
  • Develop skills in effective communication for an academic audience
  • Meet students and faculty from graduate programs across the country
  • Connect with academic and industry professionals for mentoring opportunities

Submission Information

We welcome submissions from current undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, students of professional degree programs, as well as postdoctoral scholars (as of Fall 2022) from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Poster submissions are welcome from any academic discipline. Previously accepted posters were in the areas of STEM, humanities, and the social sciences (e.g. education, fine arts, environmental science, biology, business, sociology, and health). The submission details must include the title of the poster, purpose of the project, methodology and theories, tables/figures (if available), results/conclusions (if available), and references.

Decision Notifications

The deadline to make a submission is March 3, 2023. Decision notifications will be sent on March 10. Accepted presenters will need to register by March 31. Only one poster may be presented per presenter and one presenter per poster. All presenters must be 18 years or older.


Poster Presentation Details
Easels and foam boards (36” x 48”) will be provided to display your work. Posters must be 36” high, 48” wide. The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee provides both easels and poster boards (40” x 60”).

Poster details for non-competing Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Doctoral Students, and Postdoctoral Fellows
Graduate students, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, etc. may also present their research during the poster session, however, they will not be included in the poster competition. All poster presenters must remain with their poster during the poster presentation period.

Presenters must include, but are not limited to, the following sections on their poster:

  • Title/Authors: Title is clear and informative. Author, faculty advisor(s) name, and university’s name listed
  • Purpose (objectives or introduction) identified, stated clearly, and explained
  • Theories/Methodology are described
  • Results/Findings are presented (tables/figures included if available)
  • Summary/Conclusions are clearly stated
  • References are listed

Undergraduate Research Poster Competition
McNair scholars and undergraduate research scholars are encouraged to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. All undergraduate students who make a submission will be automatically entered in our Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. Submitters who are ranked in the Top Ten will advance in the competition. The remaining undergraduate submitters who are accepted, will take part in the Research Poster Session, which will be exhibition/showcase style with no judging (see above section for details). 

The Top Ten undergraduate presenters will be judged in the competition. Judges will inform presenters when they are being evaluated. Presenters will have 15 minutes for their presentations (10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions). The last 10 minutes of the competition will be open for presenters to view one another's work. A panel of judges will evaluate posters and grant prizes to first, second, and third place winners. The remaining students in the Top Ten will receive Honorable Mention ribbons. Participants should bring their posters on the day of presentations. 

Undergraduate Research Poster Competition Judging Criteria

All components of the poster are included - 5 points

  • Title/Authors: Title is clear and informative. Author, faculty advisor(s) name, and university’s name listed
  • Purpose (objectives or introduction) identified, stated clearly, and explained. Theories/Methodology are described
  • Results/Findings are presented  (tables/figures included if available)
  • Summary/Conclusions are clearly stated
  • References are listed

Quality of writing - 5 points

  • Font is consistent throughout
  • Grammar is correct throughout
  • Spelling is correct throughout
  • Main points well developed
  • Exhibits scholarly writing

Poster design - 5 points

  • All text and images can be easily read
  • Flow of poster is easy to follow
  • Section titles are used well and consistently
  • Images/graphics used appropriately
  • Text color and background color in contrast for reading

Content and organization - 5 points

  • All content is relevant
  • Content is focused and clear
  • Content is not duplicated in text and graphics
  • All content is explained through text or graphics
  • Content is well organized

Content knowledge - 5 points

  • Current evidence is identified
  • Content is appropriate and relevant for audience
  • Content relevant to discipline
  • All content explained
  • Displayed overall content knowledge

Originality - 5 points

  • Provided new knowledge or evidence
  • Used a creative approach
  • Original subject matter
  • Utilized an innovative approach
  • Engaging and imaginative

Presentation - 5 points

  • Appropriate length and pace
  • Presenter spoke clearly
  • Presenter established eye contact with audience
  • Presenter was familiar with subject matter and answered questions well
  • Presenter was confident and professional

Judging Procedures
Please remain close to your poster during the competition in order to begin your poster presentation quickly after your judge arrives. Due to scheduling difficulties, students will not be added to or moved to another time period for the competition. Once the judge arrives at your poster, you should be prepared to discuss the overall focus of the study, methodology, results and conclusions. Please allow time for questions from the judge.

Undergraduate Poster Competition Prizes
Undergraduate Research Poster Competition winners will be announced during Closing Ceremony on Saturday, April 22, 2023. First place winner will be awarded $150 Visa gift card. Second place winner will be awarded $100 Visa gift card. Third place winner will be awarded $50 Visa gift card. The Top Ten winners will be acknowledged and given honorable mention ribbons. Winners' names and posters will be posted to the BDN website.

Additional resources for poster presentation:

For questions regarding the Poster Session or the Undergraduate Poster Competition, please contact:
Dr. Deandra S. Taylor
Conference Chair
Executive Director

Black Doctoral Network Western Regional Conference
Connection, Collaboration & Cultivation
Los Angeles, California
April 2023


The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) is excited to return to Los Angeles, California on Saturday, April 22, 2023 for our Western Regional Conference themed Connection, Collaboration & Cultivation. The conference will be hosted by California State University, Los Angeles (College of Ethnic Studies). This conference highlights academic and professional topics that engage, challenge, encourage, and foster excellence by discussing the development and refinement of research, policies, and practices that produce new ways of thinking as we collectively move toward the future. The BDN Western Regional Conference is an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from fields such as social and health sciences, STEAM, business, education, and humanities in order to address ways to engage our communities, empower scholars to develop new ideas and solutions, and take part in conversations that  inform each other’s work.

The 2023 theme encourages attendees to work collaboratively with individuals from academic and business sectors in order to produce innovative approaches for addressing the key issues that are impacting our communities. This year’s conference will highlight topics such as:

  • Connection (e.g.  the importance of mental health providers working together to address behavioral health disparities and wellness within marginalized communities)
  • Collaboration (e.g. the power of mentorship and collaboration among students and faculty)
  • Cultivation (e.g. the value of entrepreneurship and leadership in cultivating groundbreaking ideas or the need to refine current approaches for addressing equity and inclusion in higher education)

Submission of abstracts are welcome from graduate and doctoral students, recent doctoral graduates, academics, and  professionals across various disciplines. Undergraduate students are welcome to submit posters representing their research and area of focus in our Research Poster Session (see submission portal for further details).

The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) Western Regional Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the BDN’s 2023 Western Regional Conference. This conference aims to address: (1) What competencies are needed to increase leadership skills that will cultivate change in our community?  (2) What skills are required to achieve goals that magnify, impact, and increase the outcome of systematic change? (3) How can we navigate systems to promote growth and increase equity within higher education? (4) What opportunities exist for interdisciplinary collaboration in order to advance collective objectives and professional goals?


OVERVIEW: The purpose of the papers is to provide professional space to present research. Papers that reflect the theme, Connection, Collaboration & Cultivation, are especially encouraged but submissions on any related topic will be considered. Submission of papers will be presented in a panel format. Submissions with one or two presenters will be assigned to a panel with additional panelists. Submissions with three or more presenters will  have your own panel.

DURATION: Fifteen minutes will be allotted for submissions that have up to two presenters. Forty-five minutes will be allotted for submissions that have three or more presenters.

SUBMISSION DETAILS: Abstracts should be no more than 300 words typed, double spaced, using a 12pt font. Your presentation should describe the purpose, methods and conclusions of your research. Submissions should be anonymous – please do not include your name or the name of your institution on the document. Include the title of your abstract and note whether it is an individual or a group submission. You may not submit or take part in more than one panel presentation; presenters may give one and only one paper at the conference. However, you are welcome to make a workshop submission.


OVERVIEW: The purpose of the workshops is to provide opportunities for professional development through hands-on training. Workshops should provide engagement in focused discussions that offer new knowledge, resources, and a new set of skills to the attendees.

DURATION: Workshop sessions will last 45-60 minutes.

SUBMISSION DETAILS: Workshop proposals should be in the form of abstracts no more than 300 words in length. In your proposal be sure to include the title of your workshop, describe the purpose of the workshop, its format (including the kinds of educational materials you might use), what participants can expect to gain from it, state your intended audience (faculty, professionals, undergraduate students, anyone, etc.), and describe your experience and qualifications in the subject area. Submissions must be from advanced graduate students, doctoral degree holders, or seasoned professionals. A CV/résumé is required as part of the application.


Paper and workshop submissions must be submitted by Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 8:59PM PST/11:59PM EST.

To submit an abstract visit:


Submitting author will receive a confirmation message upon submitting the abstract.

Decision notifications will be sent via email in mid-March to the submitting author. Accepted presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference and confirm their acceptance by March 27, 2023. Failure to register and confirm acceptance by March 27th will result in rescinding acceptance.

For questions regarding the Call for Papers & Workshops please contact:

Dr. Deandra Taylor     

Black Doctoral Network Inc.