7th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference
“Fostering Change through Scholarship”
October 24-26, 2019

Call For Papers
The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2019 conference themed “Fostering Change through Scholarship”. This year’s conference addresses the role of change, i. e., social justice and/or activism through scholarship. “Fostering Change through Scholarship” encourages attendees to consider how we can create change across social domains (individual, family, peers, school and neighborhood/community levels) in society via scholarship and to assess the variations of academic knowledge. The theme of the annual meeting asks: How does our work in public and private spaces impact scholarship and the lives of vulnerable populations? How are scholars of color flourishing in marginal spaces and fostering the flourishing of others through activism scholarship? We invite broad engagement between activists, scholar-practitioners and academics that address the conference theme. 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 panel 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 45-60 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:
Deandra Taylor               DTaylor@blackphdnetwork.com 

Black Doctoral Network Western Regional Conference
Fostering Change through Scholarship”
Newark , New Jersey
October 24 - 26, 2019

The Black Doctoral Network is welcoming undergraduates to participate in our national conference, themed “Fostering Change through Scholarship." 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  

 Abstract Details
Abstracts may be submitted by sophomores, juniors and seniors (as of Fall 2019) 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 will send decision notifications on a weekly basis starting July 1. 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 25. Winners will be announced during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, October 26 in the morning.
Submission Deadline: September 20, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.
Registration Deadline: October 4, 2019

Registration Information
Visit: https://blackphdnetwork.wildapricot.org/westernreg/
Conference registration is $150 for undergraduate presenters. By registering you will have full access to the conference sessions. No refunds will be granted after August 31, 2019.

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.

 Presentation Details
Easels and foam boards (40” x 60”) will be provided to display your work. A judge will evaluate your poster. 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 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 10 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 venue 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
  • Authors: your name, faculty advisor's name, university name
  • Purpose (or Objectives or Introduction)
  • Theories & Methods
  • Results or Findings
  • Summary/conclusions 

 Judging Procedure
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.    
Judging Criteria
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

For questions regarding the Poster Competition please contact:
Deandra Taylor               DTaylor@blackphdnetwork.com 

7th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference
“Fostering Change through Scholarship”
October 24-26, 2019


The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting workshop proposals for the 2019 conference, “Fostering Change through Scholarship” in Newark, New Jersey, October 24-26, 2019.  The annual meeting is an interdisciplinary event that brings together academics and professionals from the social sciences, STEM, and humanities. 

The purpose of the workshops is to provide opportunities for professional development through hands-on training, as well as to engage in focused discussions that offer new knowledge, resources, and set of skills to the attendees. We welcome workshop proposals on any topic as long as they are relevant to the professional goals of the conference. For example, workshops we invited in previous years included sessions on qualitative and quantitative methods, academic publishing, grant proposal writing, transitioning from undergraduate to graduate school, managing financial issues, and dissertation bootcamp. We especially welcome workshops on the following topics: diversifying the application pool, faculty accountability, undergraduate presentation skills, and using your degree outside of academia. 

Workshops will be scheduled during the afternoons on Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25. Each workshop is one hour in length. The workshop organizers can decide on the exact format of their session, but we encourage an interactive approach that engages the participants in practical ways as much as possible. 

Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 11:59PM EST.


The deadline to submit a workshop proposal is July 21, 2019. Decisions regarding workshop proposals will be sent July 30. Accepted workshop presenters have until August 31 to register for the conference.

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), and what participants can expect to gain from it; state your intended audience (faculty, professionals, undergraduate students, anyone, etc.); describe your experience and qualifications in the subject.

Submissions must be from advanced graduate students, doctoral degree holders, or seasoned professionals. A CV/résumé is required as part of the application.


Conference registration depends on membership. Member presenter registration is $240 and Non-Member presenter registration is $270. The deadline to register is August 31. To register visit: blackphdnetwork.wildapricot.org/2019conference. By registering you will have full access to all conference events (except paid/private events) from Thursday, October 24 to Saturday, October 26, 2019. No refunds will be granted after August 31, 2019.


The hotel rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton are filling up quickly. The nightly rate is $139. Due to the popularity of this event, we cannot hold hotel rooms for our presenters. To ensure that you receive accommodations at the DoubleTree Hotel, please secure your reservation as soon as possible.  Reservations can be made online at https://bit.ly/18PzUHS or over the phone at 1-800-222-8733. To receive the discounted rate of $139, you must tell the hotel that you are part of the Black Doctoral Network Conference and provide the group code: DNC

For questions regarding the Call For Workshops please contact:

Deandra Taylor              dtaylor@blackphdnetwork.com 

Black Doctoral Network Inc.