Northwestern’s Black Graduate Student Association’s

Black Scholars Matter: PhinDing the Strength to Be PhinisheD

April 14th, 2018 at the Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Northwestern’s Black Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Graduate Research Conference that will be held on April 14th, 2018 at the Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. This year’s conference theme is Black Scholars Matter: PhinDing the strength to be PhinisheD. We aim to showcase the variety and diversity among graduate students of color, especially in our research and everyday lives. Moreover, we desire to demonstrate that diverse backgrounds and experiences allow for a more complete, well-rounded journey in higher education and training the leaders of tomorrow. We invite graduate students to submit abstracts and present their work.

As with previous conferences, the goal of our conference is to highlight the work of scholars of color as well as scholars whose work touches communities of color. We strongly encourage students from all disciplines to present their research, including the humanities, business, STEM, social sciences, law, and the arts. Students can present their work as a poster or oral presentation. Travel grants of up to $100 will be available for students traveling more than 180 miles. Awards will be given for best poster and oral presentation!

Conference highlights include:

(1) A keynote address given by a Northwestern faculty member,

(2) Creative talks given by outside speakers,

(3) A networking lunch and happy hour networking with conference participants, as well as,

(4) Professional development workshops, including a professional panel for discussing academia and other careers.

The conference will conclude with a reception.

All are welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there!


Deadline Has Been Extended

Submit abstracts* at: Abstract Submission Form

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1st 2018

*Abstracts should be submitted in a format appropriate to your field and should be no longer than 250 words.


Register at: Northwestern BGSA 21st Annual Conference 

Registration fees:

$20 (until February 15th)

$40 (February 16th – March 15th)

$80 (March 16th until registration deadline)

Registration deadline: April 14th 2018

Please email for more information.