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3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference
Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

The Black Doctoral Network Conference is a platform for Black and Latino scholars and professionals to present and collaborate on original research topics across all disciplines. This year's theme, “Paying It Forward," focuses on what the next generation of students, thinkers, and doers can do to make an impact on local, national, or global levels. We welcome all abstract submissions that can answer the question: How does your research contribute to making an impact in this world? 

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 juniors and seniors from all racial and ethnic groups in all disciplines on any topic. Previous accepted abstracts came from the fields of education, energy & environment, STEM, business, sociology, and health to name a few. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words in length and include the title of the poster, issues addressed in your work, theoretical framework(s), and results/conclusions of your research. The deadline to submit is Friday, August 21, 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis and finalists will be notified as soon as possible. Once your abstract has been accepted, you must register by September 18, 2015 to present your poster at the conference. 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. 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 Saturday, October 10, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 10, 2015 during Closing Ceremony 2:15pm - 3:00pm.

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. 

Conference Information

The 3rd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference will be Thursday, October 8 to Saturday October 10, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia at the DoubleTree by Hilton 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 on handling job talks, grant writing and proposals, and stress and time management. Professors and corporate professionals from various fields will converse and give insight on the need for interconnectedness throughout the academy and community. 

Registration Information

Conference registration is $125 for undergraduate presenters. By registering you will have full access to all conference events from Thursday, October 8 to Saturday, October 10, 2015. All accepted poster presenters must register by Friday, September 18, 2015. No refunds will be granted as of August 21, 2015.

Hotel Information

The hotel rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton are filling up quickly. The nightly rate is $159. Due to the popularity of this event, we cannot hold hotel rooms for our presenters. To take advantage of the discounted rate, please book your hotel room by using this link http://bit.ly/1OQmslG  or by calling 404-688-8600. You must tell the hotel that you are part of the Black Doctoral Network Conference and provide the group code:  BDN.


Winners will be announced during the Closing Ceremony, on Saturday, October 10, 2015. First place winner will be awarded $100 Visa gift card. Second place winner will be awarded $50 Visa gift card. Third place winner will be awarded $25 Visa gift card.  Winners' names and abstracts will be posted to the BDN web site.

Presentation Details

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
  • 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

Questions? Email us: contact@blackphdnetwork.com

To view 2014 presentations:  http://blackphdnetwork.wildapricot.org/URPC2014