Black Doctoral Network

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5th Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference
Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

Friday, October 27, 2017 6:00PM - 7:30PM

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia


Winners will be announced on Saturday, October 28, 2017. 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.

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

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