Call for Student Poster Abstracts


    The 2019 National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program (NEJC) planners are inviting students to submit poster abstracts, not to exceed two pages, related to environmental science, environmental policy, renewable energy and environmental justice. The overall theme of the NEJC is “Enhancing Communities Through Capacity Building and Technical Assistance.”

    Preferred abstracts will relate to the full range of environmental science in the basic sciences, environmental monitoring, environmental remediation, environmental advocacy, environmental policy, or renewable energy. Students are strongly encouraged to present information based on research done to introduce, expose, or further educate on topics that would inspire others to get involved and pursue work in the environmental justice field, while at the same time showcasing work to which they are engaged.

    Environmental Sciences
    Preferred abstract submissions will report on research related to environmental science, environmental remediation, environmental justice, or other environmental issues.

    Environmental Policy
    Preferred abstract submissions will report on research related to shaping public policy in the area of environmental justice, environmental protection, renewable energy, or other areas aligned with the NEJC Conference theme.

    Renewable Energy
    Preferred abstract submissions will address research done in the areas of reclaiming or reusing energy resources in an effort to sustain resources and decrease negative environmental impact, including air and water pollution, damage to public health, wildlife and habitat loss, water use, land use, and global warming emissions.

    The Call for Student Poster Abstracts is open to all high school, 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 (TCUs) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

    No more than 10 abstracts will be selected for poster presentation during the conference. The conference will take place March 13-15, 2019 in
    Washington, D.C. Student poster presentations will take place on March 13, 2019 during the Youth/Emerging Leaders Summit.

    To submit your poster abstract or for any other inquiries, please email us at 

    Please review the abstract submission guidelines that follow prior to beginning the submission process:

    Guidelines for Submission of Student Poster Abstracts

    All student poster abstracts MUST be submitted to: by December 17, 2018 (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time). Notification of poster abstract acceptance will be sent via email by January 7, 2019.

    Student Eligibility
    The student poster abstract competition is open to all high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

    Presentation Schedule
    All accepted student poster presentations will be scheduled for March 13, 2019 and will be listed in the conference program.

    Criteria for Abstract Acceptance

    All abstracts MUST INCLUDE the following:

    Hypothesis or statement about the problem being investigated and why the
    research is important;

    • Methods;
    • Results and discussion of findings;
    • Conclusions, future research, and key references; and
    • Acknowledgement of funder(s).


    Abstract Categories
    Abstracts may be submitted in the following categories:

    • Environmental Policy
    • Renewable Energy
    • Environmental Justice
    • Environmental Sciences


    Submission of poster abstracts for review must also adhere to the following guidelines:

    1. Only one (1) poster abstract can be submitted per student as primary author. However, a student may be listed as a co‐author on a second poster abstract.
    2. Abstracts must have a maximum of 250 words.
    3. Students working in the same laboratory must independently submit original abstracts. Identical abstracts submitted by different students will be automatically rejected.
    4. Approval must be obtained from all co‐authors listed on the abstract; failure to do so will result in the immediate rejection of the abstract.
    5. Students must obtain approval from faculty advisor(s)/research mentor(s) before submitting the abstract; failure to do so will result in the immediate rejection of the abstract.
    6. Abstracts must adhere to the highest quality standards – with correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure (i.e. with editing and proofreading prior to submission).


    Poster abstracts will be rejected for one or more of the following reasons:

    1. No Hypothesis or Statement of the Problem: When the reason for conducting the research is not clearly explained or the proposed question(s) are not clearly addressed.
    2. No Methods: Explanation of the methods is not clearly presented or appears to be inappropriate.
    3. No Results/Insufficient Data Presented: The investigators failed to show either evidence of the results, the status, or the outcome(s) of their research. Insufficient data is presented to support conclusion(s).
    4. No Conclusion or Expected Outcomes/Future Research: The investigators failed to describe the conclusions or expected outcomes of their research with regard to their hypothesis.


    Guides to developing the abstract and sample abstracts can be found at:

    Poster Abstract Review Process

    All abstract submissions will be reviewed for:

    • Originality and innovation;
    • Scientific content supported by quantitative information and references;
    • Merit of the research;
    • Quality of written content; and
    • Adherence to guidelines and format.


    All poster abstract review decisions are final. Because of the timeline, there is no appeals process or opportunity to resubmit once a poster abstract is rejected.

    Poster Abstract Acceptance Notifications

    Once an abstract has been received by the conference staff, the most efficient means of communication and notification of status will be by email. Therefore, it is very important that a valid and current email address be on record for all students and faculty/mentors to help speed the notification process. 

    The conference planners are interested in poster presentations in all environmental science and environmental justice related areas. Students selected to present will serve on a voluntary basis. All student presenters must register for the conference. Registration is free for student participants. Conference travel expenses and hotel accommodations will be at the participant’s expense.


    The National Environmental Justice Conference, Inc., prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. Persons who need special accommodations to fully participate in the conference, workshops, or training programs, and persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the Conference Coordinator at 202-827-2224.

    Because of chemical sensitivity of many people, we are requesting that attendees wear unscented toiletry items. Images from this conference may be captured, published and distributed.

    Images of NEJC participants may be captured by conference photographers and published or distributed.