Poster Contest- Call for Posters



The NFBPA Forum 2017 Student Research Poster Competition
Call for Poster Presentations

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Forum 2016 Student Research Poster Competition (SRPC) will be held on April 20, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The competition recognizes research conducted by students at all levels (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral).  ALL students are encouraged to submit for this competition.   


Poster Contest Winner


Nicole Humphrey
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
2016 Poster Contest Winner
“Social Equity at the Local Government Level”



Submissions should be closely related to one of the following topic areas: 

  • Local, state and federal governance

  • Public Administration and Policy

  • Innovations that impact public participation, public safety or public awareness

Abstract Submission.  The deadline to submit a poster abstract is March 15, 2017.  In less than 250 words, poster abstracts should summarize the following:  1) the research question/problem statement; 2) the theory and hypothesis; 3) the research methods; 4) the findings; and 5) the research implications.  Submissions should be limited to research conducted during your time as a student.  Research that incorporates the effort of a professor or a professional researcher (e.g. think tanks) is prohibited.  You may only submit one poster abstract in which you are the lead/presenter.  If your name will be affiliated with multiple abstract submissions, you can only select one project that you will serve as lead presenter.  Submissions should be sent via email to  Alternatively, submissions can be sent via U.S. mail to:  NFBPA, c/o Henry Smart, 777 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 550, Washington, D.C. 20002. 

Selection Decisions and AwardsThe SRPC committee will select the abstracts that are most suitable for the competition, and each applicant will be notified of the committee’s decision on or before March 28, 2017.  Posters selected for the NFBPA Forum 2017 SRPC will be judged on April 20th, and the winners will be announced on April 21, 2016. The 1st place award is $1,500, the second place award is $1,000, and the third place award is $500Click here to download pdf Poster Competition form.

* Registration and travel costs to attend FORUM 2017 are at the student’s expense.
* Each accepted poster will receive recognition in the Forum 2017 program journal and on NFBPA’s website.

The NFBPA Forum 2017 Student Research Poster Competition Poster Presentations

A research poster presentation must describe a novel contribution and show, at the least, preliminary results that demonstrate the general premise of the project.  The work does not need to be complete, but it should demonstrate promise.  Poster presentations will be judged by members of the competition committee and the Forum attendees that visit the poster displays.  Each poster presentation will be judged based on the following criteria:

The Concept  
How exceptional are the ideas, problems, solutions, aesthetics, etc. presented in this submission? How coherently does the submission convey its overall concept? Is the concept similar to existing ones, or does it stand out? 

How new and fresh is this work? Is it a new and ground-breaking approach to an old problem, or is it an existing approach with a slightly new twist?  Demonstrate that your work is sufficiently different from existing approaches. Second, you should evaluate your work in the context of other approaches where appropriate. 

Posters will be judged based on the quality of the poster presentation.  Poster presentations should: 1) be free of grammatical and typographical errors; 2) present the information in a logical and comprehensible format; and 3) clearly depict the research question(s), methods and findings.   

Specifications and Other Details

  1. Poster Dimensions: (no larger than 48 inches x 36 inches).
  2. All posters must be laminated.
  3. Although we request an advance e-copy of the poster, you are required to bring a physical copy of your poster presentation. 
  4. Support materials needed (computers, technical devices…) for the poster presentation are the responsibility of each presenter.


The NFBPA Forum 2017 Student Research Poster Competition


March 15, 2017 / Deadline for Submissions
The deadline to submit poster abstracts is March, 2017

March 15-27, 2017 / Review and Selection Period
Abstracts will be reviewed during this time period, March 15-27, 2017 

March 28 , 2017 / Notification Deadline
Finalists will receive decision notification, via email, on or before March 28, 2017.   

April 1 , 2017 / Deadline for E-Copy of Poster Presentation
Participants must submit an electronic copy of their poster no later than April 1, 2017

April 1 , 2017 / Deadline for Administrative Changes
The deadline to make any changes to materials for publication--which includes the poster title, the name(s) of presenter(s), the abstract and the poster content--is April 1, 2017

April 19–23, 2017 / Forum 2017
NFBPA’s Forum 2017 will take place in Little Rock, Arkansas during April 19-23, 2017.

April 20, 2017 / Judging
Committee members and conference attendees will cast their votes for the winners of the competition on April 20th.     

April 21, 2017 / Announcement of Winners
The winners will be announced on April 21, 2017 at a special event.  However, the winners are not required to attend the event held on April 21st.


ATTEN: Scholarships
777 N. Capitol Street, NE, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20002

Questions:  Contact Marcia L. Conner, or 202 408 9300 ext. 114