The 2012-2013 NBGSA Conference Committee is seeking proposals for papers, posters, oral presentations, panels, and workshops that focus on our conference theme: “Honoring the Past, Defining the Future.”
We invite you to join us as we commit to the future, reflect on the past, encourage our communities, and boldly blaze new trails! While proposals related to this theme are especially welcome, proposals addressing any topic of interest to the diverse membership of the National Black Graduate Student Association will be considered.
We are soliciting research papers involving a single topic and explaining the issues, methodologies, and outcomes involved. Submissions will be automatically eligible for a cash prize of $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. Competition winners and a selection of the best papers will be eligible for publication in Call and Response: The Scholarly Journal of the National Black Graduate Student Association Papers will be refereed by specially selected disciplinary and interdisciplinary professors and graduate students.
A scholarly paper may be a research report, case study, methodological paper, theoretical paper, or scientific analysis. The text should not exceed 25 double-spacedpages and should follow the guidelines of the associated discipline (MLA, APA, etc.). No more than four tables and/or figures may be included.
Posters are ideal for presenting speculative in-progress work; late-breaking results; for giving an introduction to interesting, innovative work; or for presenting research from the hard sciences. Posters are intended to provide authors and participants with the ability to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about the work. Poster sizes are not specified; however, they should be at least 17” by 22”. Presenters are encouraged to bring 25 handouts for distribution during the session. All posters will automatically be entered in the poster competition. Submissions will be automatically eligible for a cash prize of $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place.
Oral presentations are brief discussions of a focused research topic. Presentations are 12 minutes in length with five additional minutes allotted to each presenter for questions. While there is a paper competition, students who are interested in presenting research orally are not required to enter the competition. All oral presenters will automatically be entered in the oral presentation competition. Submissions will be automatically eligible for a cash prize of $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place.
Workshops and panels are not forums for research presentation; rather, they should focus on a single topic or theme related to the graduate experience or the conference theme. These hour-long workshops should focus on fostering discussion and must not be presentation only; the major portion of the time should be devoted to discussion. Panels should not have more than five presenters. Sessions can be geared toward undergraduates looking forward to graduate school, or issues related to current graduate students
This includes the title of the paper, poster, oral presentation, panel, or workshop; authors(s)/presenter(s); phone number; category; presentation format and length; and audiovisual requirements.
The abstract must contain the title plus no less than 150 and no more than 200 words describing the paper, poster, oral presentation, panel, or workshop. The abstract should be in Microsoft Word format.
If submitting a proposal for the paper competition, please note that full papers are due no later than March 1, 2013.
While proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis, they must be received by Friday, February 1st, 2013. You should receive confirmation of receipt within 72 hours of sending your proposal. Notification of proposal dispositions will be sent within two weeks of receipt confirmation.