5th Annual Black Doctoral Network
ConferenceConference Dates: October 26- 28, 2017
Undergraduate Research Poster Competition
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
The Black Doctoral Network is welcoming undergraduates to participate in our annual conference, themed “Black Scholarship Matters: Intellectualism, Race, and the Public Sphere." If you have a research project you would like to present as a poster at a professional conference, the poster competition is a good opportunity for you to showcase your academic work and receive constructive feedback from scholars in a friendly and engaging environment.
Why Should You Participate?
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate or doctoral degree, the poster session offers you a great opportunity to meet students and faculty from graduate programs across the country as they view (and potentially judge) your poster
Gain experience in presenting scientific papers
Develop skills in effective communication for an academic audience
Abstracts may be submitted by sophomores, juniors and seniors (as of Fall 2017) from all racial backgrounds and on any topic. Previous accepted abstracts came from the fields of education, energy & environment, STEM, business, sociology, and health to name a few.
The abstract must be no more than 250 words in length. Include the title of the poster, issues you address in your work, your methods and theories, and results/conclusions of your research (if available).
We accept abstracts on a rolling basis and finalist will be notified as soon as possible, however abstracts received after the deadline will not be as strongly considered. Only one poster may be submitted to the competition per presenter and one presenter per poster. All presenters must be 18 years or older. Poster presentations will take place on Friday, October 27, 2017. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 28, 2017. 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. Winners' names and posters will be posted to the BDN web site.
Who We Are
The Black Doctoral Network is a clearinghouse for individuals of African descent who are holders of or scholars engaged in the pursuit of doctoral degrees from accredited institutions of higher learning worldwide. We provide opportunities for networking and collaboration and foster interconnectedness within the black intelligentsia for the purpose of eliminating the achievement gap among persons at all education levels while creating a pipeline for the most underserved students toward the upper echelons of the academy and beyond.
The 5th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference will be Thursday, October 26 to Saturday October 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta hotel. It will bring together both world renowned and emergent scholars and professionals from the social sciences, STEM and humanities to function as a resource, a support system, as a space of intellectual exchange, and a place to create connections and develop collaborations. The conference will feature interdisciplinary panel presentations, interactive roundtables and workshops. Professors and corporate professionals from various fields will converse and give insight on the need for interconnectedness throughout the academy and community.
Conference registration is $125 for undergraduate presenters. By registering you will have full access to all conference events from Thursday, October 26 to Saturday, October 28, 2017. All accepted poster presenters must register by Friday, September 29, 2017. No refunds will be granted after August 31, 2017.
Easels and foam boards (40” x 60”) will be provided to display your work. A panel of judges will evaluate posters and grant prizes to first, second, and third place winners. Posters must be 36” high, 48” wide. The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee provides both easels and poster boards (40” x 60”). The poster competition will run for one hour thirty minutes in length. During this time judges will walk around and will notify you if they are judging your poster. Students should give a ten to fifteen minutes presentation to their judge. We suggest you give a nine or ten minute presentation and allow up to five minutes for questions. The last 30 minutes of the competition will be open for students to walk around the floor to view each others work. Students should bring their posters on the day of presentations. If you have them delivered to the hotel it is your responsibility to ensure arrival. The BDN Conference committee will not be responsible for keeping posters.
Presenters must include, but are not limited to, these sections on their poster.
- Title: project title
your name, faculty advisor's name, university name
(or Objectives or Introduction)
Please remain close to your poster during the competition so that you can begin your poster presentation
quickly after the judges arrive. Due to scheduling difficulties, students will
not be added to or moved to another time period for the competition. Once the
judges arrive 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 judges.
Abstract (points awarded prior to the conference)
· Originality/Merit - 15 points
· Quality of writing - 10 points
Poster and presentation (points awarded during judging at the conference)
· Appearance - 20 points
· Organization - 20 points
· Knowledge/Presentation - 35 points
Questions? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
To view 2016 presentations: http://blackphdnetwork.wildapricot.org/PosterComp
5th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference
Theme: "Black Scholarship Matters: Intellectualism, Race, and the Public Sphere"
October 26 - 28, 2017
The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2017 conference themed “Black Scholarship Matters: Intellectualism, Race, and the Public Sphere.” This year's theme addresses the state of Black intellectualism and scholarship in a socio-political climate of anti-intellectualism in the U.S. and beyond. Papers that will reflect on this theme are especially encouraged, but we accept submissions on any topic. The Conference will be an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities to address how we can positively impact and inform each other’s work and engage with our communities. Submission of abstracts from graduate and doctoral students, recent Ph.D. graduates and academic professionals across disciplines are welcome.
We will begin reviewing waitlist submissions in June and send acceptances out on a weekly basis as spots become available on open panels. We will end our review process in late August.
We accept abstracts from (1) individuals who wish to present on a panel and from (2) groups who want to create their own panel. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words typed, double spaced, using a 12pt font. 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. All group submissions require at least three presenters.
Acceptance announcements will be sent via email to the submitting author as spots become available on a panel that best suits the abstract. Accepted presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference and confirm their acceptance within 4 weeks or receiving their acceptance notification. Failure to register and confirm acceptance within 4 weeks following the acceptance email will result in rescinding acceptance.
Your presentation should describe the purpose, methods and conclusions of your research. You may not submit or take part in more than one presentation; presenters may give one and only one paper at the conference. Individual presenters will be assigned to a panel and will have 15 minutes to deliver their presentations. Group presentations will be given 75 minutes to deliver their presentations.
In addition to interdisciplinary panel presentations, this conference will have interactive roundtables. Professors and corporate professionals from various fields will converse and give insight on the need for interconnectedness throughout the academy and community. Workshops on handling job talks, grant writing and proposals, balancing relationships, and stress and time management will also be addressed.
For questions regarding the Call for Papers please contact:
Kristina Nazimova Kristina@blackphdnetwork.com