Registration and Lodging
After notification of conference acceptance, participants will be asked to submit a conference registration fee of $120, which will reserve a slot in the conference meetings/events, cover lodging for three nights, and include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lodging will be provided for confirmed participants and students will be housed with one roommate. If participants have roommate preferences, both persons must indicate their roommate preference on the room registration form. Both individuals must be registered for the conference. If you do not require housing, the registration fee will be $75.
The conference offers two formats for students to present their research—paper presentation and poster presentation. Both formats will provide students with the opportunity to present their research to and receive feedback from the entire conference. Students who wish to present their research will choose whether they prefer to present a paper or a poster. Every effort will be made to accommodate the preferences of the presenters. However, since the conference can only accommodate a finite number of paper presentations, some people who submit a paper abstract may be asked to present a poster in order to allow for the most students to participate. The sessions are structured as follows:
Paper session format – Within a single 1-hour paper session, two presenters each will have 15 minutes to present, followed by a 30-minute breakout discussion/feedback period with session attendees. Students are encouraged to present completed research, but presentations of research in progress or developed research proposals will also be considered.
Poster session format - Each 1-hour poster session will consist of 12-14 posters. The sessions will be interactive, with poster presenters actively discussing their research, answering questions, and addressing comments from attendees. All attendees will attend the poster session so that each poster will receive a great deal of attention and feedback.
Submission of Abstracts
Students wishing to present either a paper or poster must submit a 250-word abstract.More specifically, BGCP invites high quality, empirical studies that will broaden our understanding of the social, economic, educational and political experiences of people of African descent. We are especially interested in submissions that provide insights into, or are broadly related to, adolescent development, juvenile justice, and social justice issues.The abstract should articulate clearly the research questions, methods used in the study, and study findings. The abstract that is submitted will be printed in the conference program. As such, the abstracts should be proofread carefully before submission. No tables or graph should be submitted. The title of all presentations and posters should be no more than 100 characters including spaces. (Due to the limited number of paper slots available, some may be accepted contingent on students presenting them as posters). All abstracts are due by March 3, 2017. Applicants will be notified by March 24, 2017 as to whether their submissions have been accepted for presentation in paper or poster form. All accepted presenters must complete conference registration including payment of all registration fees by April 28, 2017.