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 theoretical and scientific research in a virtual setting
  • 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

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. Previously accepted abstracts were in the areas of STEM, humanities, and the social sciences (e.g. education, fine arts, environmental science, biology, business, sociology, and health).

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.

Decision Notifications
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.



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