Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Forum

UPDATE: Due to unexpected weather conditions this month, the abstract notifications have been delayed and will be sent in mid-February.

The 11th Annual National Conference on Health Disparities will take place May 16-19, 2018, with the theme of “Reducing Health Disparities Through Sustaining and Strengthening Healthy Communities.” The mission of the conference is to focus on policies, research interventions, and programs that address prevention, social determinants, and personal responsibility in reducing health disparities and promoting health equity.

The Conference invites student submissions for a poster session. The session will be included in a Student Research Forum that will also include oral presentations by students, a keynote address, and roundtable discussions.

Preferred abstracts will relate to the full range of health disparities and environmental health in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, population/behavioral/social sciences and environmental sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to focus on one or more of the following areas: cancer; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; environmental health; human trafficking/human enslavement; and infectious diseases. Additionally, research focusing on gun violence as a public health issue in the United States, police/community relations, and the opioid epidemic will be especially welcomed.

Basic Sciences

Preferred abstract submissions will report on research related to biological factors that contribute to health disparities.

Clinical Sciences

Preferred abstract submissions will reflect a broad range of clinical science research on health disparities and environmental health.

Population Sciences/Behavioral Sciences/Social Sciences

Preferred abstract submissions will address the reduction of health disparities through the scientific study of the epidemiologic, translational, behavioral, social, political, and economic contexts of disparities.

Environmental Sciences

Preferred abstract submissions will address environmental exposures and triggers, e.g., air pollution and respiratory health, proximity to hazardous waste, and other conditions that affect health and communities.

The Call for Abstracts is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Students from minority serving institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUPs) are strongly encouraged to apply.

No more than 100 abstracts will be selected for poster presentation. Tiered travel awards to support hotel and conference registration fees will be available on a limited basis. National training webinars will take place prior to the conference. Information regarding the webinars is forthcoming.

The conference will take place May 16-19, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. The Student Research Forum will take place on May 16, 2018.

Outstanding abstracts will be chosen for oral presentation and each oral presenter will receive a cash award. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top-ranked student poster presentations.

Please review the abstract submission guidelines prior to beginning the submission process.

Student Abstract Submission

Abstracts must have a maximum of 300 words.

Key dates related to the abstract submission process:

UPDATE: Due to unexpected weather conditions this month, the abstract notifications have been delayed and will be sent in mid-February.

  • The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, December 22, 2017.
  • Abstracts will be evaluated by a Review Committee in January 2018.
  • Notification of abstract acceptance and selection for travel award will be sent by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Contact Us

For any abstract-related questions and/or comments, email Student Research Forum Chair Dr. Marvella Ford at .

For technical issues related to abstract submission, email Ms. Monique Hill at .