2022 Poster Contest

The deadline to submit a poster abstract is February 17, 2022

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ Student Research Poster Contest will be held on Thursday, March 31 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy is proud to host the FORUM 2022 academic poster contest which will be held in the Innovation center. The competition recognizes research conducted by the students at all undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels. All students are encouraged to submit for this competition. In order to be eligible for the poster contest, all applicants must be currently enrolled in a traditional four-year college or university with at least one academic semester remaining after April 2022. All payments will be made to the university.

Submissions should be related to the following topic:
How do police officers regain the public’s confidence through embracing advances that rebuild and strengthen public value? Individuals in communities of color come into close contact with law enforcement officers and their day may be negatively impacted depending on that interaction. Police body-worn cameras were first introduced in 2005 in the United Kingdom. This innovative tool slowly migrated to the U.S. where the law enforcement community believed it offered better open and direct contact with the public. However, some incidents captured on camera have accelerated and solidified public distrust in policing and their tactics. 2020 brought about a new era of exploring police reform with federal initiatives to end qualified immunity, explore more robust civil actions, and more. This poster should showcase theory and practice associated with law enforcement advances that endeavor to change  the narrative of policing, specifically within communities of color.

In less than 500 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.


  • 1st Place $2,500
  • 2nd Place $1,500
  • 3rd Place $1,000
         For More Information on the poster contest
and guidelines please click HERE

Submissions should be sent via email to adminservices@nfbpa.org with the subject line “Poster Contest Submission.” Alternatively, submissions can be sent via US mail to:
Poster Contest
455 Massachusetts Avenue NW# 363
Washington, DC 20001

Students are eligible to apply for the Poster Contest and one or more Scholarships
but will not be eligible to win both.