6th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference
Undergraduate Research Poster Competition



Conference Dates: October 25 - 27, 2018

Location: Embassy Suite by Hilton Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Black Doctoral Network is welcoming undergraduates to participate in our annual conference, themed “Theory, Knowledge, and Practice." 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 2018) 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 26, 2018. Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 27, 2018.


Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 27, 2018. 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. 

Conference Information

The 6th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference will be Thursday, October 25 to Saturday October 27, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte 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. 

Registration Information

Visit: http://blackphdnetwork.wildapricot.org/2018conference

Conference registration is $150 for undergraduate presenters. By registering you will have full access to all conference events from Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, October 27, 2018. All accepted poster presenters must register by Friday, September 21, 2018. No refunds will be granted after August 31, 2018.

Presentation Details

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
  • 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 2017 presentations: http://blackphdnetwork.wildapricot.org/PosterComp

6th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference  

Theme: "Theory, Knowledge, and Practice"

Charlotte, North Carolina
October 25 - 27, 2018

The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting abstract submissions for the 2018 conference themed “Theory, Knowledge, and Practice” This year’s conference addresses the (im)possibilities of connecting applied and academic research, the gaps among intellectualism, political consciousness, and activism, as well as potentials of academic work to have positive transformative effects on society. “Theory, Knowledge, and Practice” encourages attendees to consider how we can reconcile theory and practice within our scholarship and to think critically about the social contributions of academic knowledge. The theme of the annual meeting asks: What are the existing opportunities, envisioned potentials, and limitations of applying academic work to the “real world”? How can theoretically-informed research also inform public knowledge and direct social action?  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.

We accept abstract submissions from any discipline or topic, including:

• African / Latino Diaspora

• Art, Performance and Music

• Business, Entrepreneurship, and Consumerism

• Community Planning and Development Projects

• Discrimination

• Diseases, Vaccines, and Nutrition

• Gender and Cultural Difference

• Health, Economic, Social Disparities

• Mentorship

• Poverty

• Science, Technology, Engineering,  Mathematics (STEM)

• Service Learning and Civic Engagement

• Structural Inequalities

• Urban and Higher Education

• Youth and Family Dynamics

• Youth Programming


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 60-75 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:

Deandra Taylor               DTaylor@blackphdnetwork.com 

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Call For Workshops 

The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee is inviting workshop proposals for the 2018 conference, “Theory, Knowledge, and Practice” in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 25-27, 2018.  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 25 and Friday, October 26. 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 22, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.

To submit a workshop proposal visit: blackphdnetwork.submittable.com/submit

Submission Information:

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal is July 22, 2018. 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 $225 and Non-Member presenter registration is $250. The deadline to register is August 31. To register visit: blackphdnetwork.wildapricot.org/2018conference. By registering you will have full access to all conference events (except paid/private events) from Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, October 27, 2018. No refunds will be granted after August 31, 2018.


The hotel rooms at the Embassy Suites 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 Embassy Suites Hotel, please secure your reservation as soon as possible. Reservations can be made online at https://bit.ly/2DN4GRC or over the phone at 704-527-8400. 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: BDN

For questions regarding the Call For Workshops please contact:

Deandra Taylor              dtaylor@blackphdnetwork.com  

Black Doctoral Network Inc.