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

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