RESEARCH POSTER SESSION

The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) welcomes current undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, students of professional degree programs (e.g. medical, law, dental, pharmacy), and postdoctoral scholars of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to participate in our Research Poster Session at the BDN Western Regional Conference themed: Applying Research and Transforming Communities which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2024 in Los Angeles, California at Loyola Marymount University. If you have a research project, thesis, or dissertation you would like to present as a poster at a professional conference, the poster session is a good opportunity for you to showcase your academic work and receive feedback from scholars in a friendly and engaging environment. Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Why Should You Participate?

  • Obtain experience in presenting theoretical and scientific research at a conference
  • Gain exposure and feedback for your work
  • Develop skills in effective communication for an academic audience
  • Meet students and faculty from graduate programs across the country
  • Connect with academic and industry professionals for mentoring opportunities

Submission Information

We welcome submissions from current undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, students of professional degree programs, as well as postdoctoral scholars (as of Fall 2023) from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Poster submissions are welcome from any academic discipline. Previously accepted posters were in the areas of STEM, humanities, and the social sciences (e.g. education, fine arts, environmental science, biology, business, sociology, and health). The submission details must include the title of the poster, purpose of the project, methodology and theories, tables/figures (if available), results/conclusions (if available), and references.

Decision Notifications

The deadline to make a submission is March 1, 2024. Decision notifications will be sent on March 8. Accepted presenters will need to register by March 29. Only one poster may be presented per presenter and one presenter per poster. All presenters must be 18 years or older.

EXTENDED SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 5, 2024 @ 11:59PM PST
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 29, 2024


Poster Presentation Details
Easels and foam boards (36” x 48”) will be provided to display your work. Posters must be 36” high, 48” wide. The Black Doctoral Network Conference Committee provides both easels and poster boards (36” x 48”).

Poster details for Graduate Students, Doctoral Students, and Postdoctoral Fellows
Graduate students, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, etc. may also present their research during the poster session, however, they will not be included in the poster competition. All poster presenters must remain with their poster during the poster presentation period.

Presenters must include, but are not limited to, the following sections on their poster:

  • Title/Authors: Title is clear and informative. Author, faculty advisor(s) name, and university’s name listed
  • Purpose (objectives or introduction) identified, stated clearly, and explained
  • Theories/Methodology are described
  • Results/Findings are presented (tables/figures included if available)
  • Summary/Conclusions are clearly stated
  • References are listed

Undergraduate Research Poster Competition
McNair scholars and undergraduate research scholars are encouraged to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. All undergraduate students who make a submission will be automatically entered in our Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.  

All undergraduate presenters will be judged in the competition. Judges will inform presenters when they are being evaluated. Presenters will have 15 minutes for their presentations (10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions). The last 10 minutes of the competition will be open for presenters to view one another's work. A panel of judges will evaluate posters and grant prizes to first, second, and third place winners. The remaining top ten winners will receive Honorable Mention ribbons. Participants should bring their posters on the day of presentations. 


Undergraduate Research Poster Competition Judging Criteria

All components of the poster are included - 5 points

  • Title/Authors: Title is clear and informative. Author, faculty advisor(s) name, and university’s name listed
  • Purpose (objectives or introduction) identified, stated clearly, and explained. Theories/Methodology are described
  • Results/Findings are presented  (tables/figures included if available)
  • Summary/Conclusions are clearly stated
  • References are listed

Quality of writing - 5 points

  • Font is consistent throughout
  • Grammar is correct throughout
  • Spelling is correct throughout
  • Main points well developed
  • Exhibits scholarly writing

Poster design - 5 points

  • All text and images can be easily read
  • Flow of poster is easy to follow
  • Section titles are used well and consistently
  • Images/graphics used appropriately
  • Text color and background color in contrast for reading

Content and organization - 5 points

  • All content is relevant
  • Content is focused and clear
  • Content is not duplicated in text and graphics
  • All content is explained through text or graphics
  • Content is well organized

Content knowledge - 5 points

  • Current evidence is identified
  • Content is appropriate and relevant for audience
  • Content relevant to discipline
  • All content explained
  • Displayed overall content knowledge

Originality - 5 points

  • Provided new knowledge or evidence
  • Used a creative approach
  • Original subject matter
  • Utilized an innovative approach
  • Engaging and imaginative

Presentation - 5 points

  • Appropriate length and pace
  • Presenter spoke clearly
  • Presenter established eye contact with audience
  • Presenter was familiar with subject matter and answered questions well
  • Presenter was confident and professional

Judging Procedures
Please remain close to your poster during the competition in order to begin your poster presentation quickly after your judge arrives. Due to scheduling difficulties, students will not be added to or moved to another time period for the competition. Once the judge arrives 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 judge.

Undergraduate Poster Competition Prizes
Undergraduate Research Poster Competition winners will be announced during Closing Ceremony on Saturday, April 20, 2024. 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. The Top Ten winners will be acknowledged and given honorable mention ribbons. Winners' names and posters will be posted to the BDN website.

Additional resources for poster presentation:
https://sites.google.com/ncsu.edu/effective-posters/
https://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2011/01/poster


For questions regarding the Poster Session or the Undergraduate Poster Competition, please contact:
Dr. Deandra S. Taylor
Conference Chair
Executive Director
Email: dtaylor@blackphdnetwork.com

Black Doctoral Network Inc.