The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) welcomes current undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, students of professional degree programs (e.g. medical, law, dental), and postdoctoral scholars of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to participate in our virtual poster session at the BDN Western Regional Virtual Conference to be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. 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.

All poster presentations will be pre-recorded for attendee viewing throughout the conference. During the review process, high scoring posters that are submitted by the deadline will be considered for a live poster presentation with limited spots in addition to their pre-recorded presentation. Those who are selected to do a live poster presentation will be notified via email starting April 1.

  Why Should You Participate?
  • Gain experience in presenting scientific papers

  • 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


Abstracts may be submitted by current undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, students of professional degree programs, as well as postdoctoral scholars (as of Fall 2021) from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Abstracts may be submitted from any academic discipline.

The abstract must be no more than 300 words in length. The abstract must include the following: Title of the poster, purpose of the project, methodology and theories, results/conclusions (if available), and references. The poster must also be uploaded in addition to the abstract. Posters can be revised for the final presentation after a decision has been made.


We will send decision notifications starting March 1 and on a weekly basis thereafter. Only one poster may be presented per presenter and one presenter per poster. All presenters must be 18 years or older.

Submission Deadline: March 18, 2022 at 11:59PM EST.
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2022

We will send decision notifications on a weekly basis starting February 3. Only one poster may be submitted to the poser session per presenter and one presenter per poster. All presenters must be 18 years or older.


Registration Information
Conference registration is $30 for undergraduate students, $60 for graduate/doctoral students, post-docs will pay the member ($90) or non-member ($120) rate. All accepted poster presenters must register by April 1, 2022. No refunds will be granted starting April 1, 2022.

Presentation Format

All accepted poster presenters will be required to submit their photo, a PDF version of their poster, and a pre-recorded video or audio recording of their presentation. Presentations must not exceed 5 minutes in duration. Please note: Not every poster presenter will have the opportunity to showcase their work in real time virtually (i.e. live). Top ranked poster presenters, who are selected to present to a live virtual audience, should be prepared to give a 5 minute presentation on their topic and participate in a  5-10 minute live Q&A session.

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

    For questions regarding the Poster Session please contact:
    Deandra Taylor     

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