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.




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Poster Details

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

  • Poster Title
  • Authors (i.e. your name, faculty advisor's name, university name)
  • Purpose (objectives or introduction)
  • Theories/Methodology
  • Results or Findings (if available)
  • Summary/Conclusions (if available)
  • References

    Judging Criteria

    All components of the poster are included - 5 points

    • Tile/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
    • 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

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