Call for Abstracts

Abstract deadline changed to March 15, 2017

IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum: 

 Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago

Coordinated by the Illinois African American and  Latino Higher Education Alliance

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IALHEA Conference Committee 

Illinois African American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHEA)




Wednesday April 12, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM CDT

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10:00   Registration

11:00   Welcome, Diversity Dialogue and Panel

12:30   Networking Lunch

  1:30   Research Plenary

  2:30  Research Poster Session 

  4:00  Reception


University of Illinois at Chicago - UIC Forum 
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, IL 60607

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About the IALHEA Diversity Dialogue & Research Forum

We are pleased to announce the IALHEA Diversity Dialogue and Research Forum. The goal is to improve opportunities for underrepresented students in Illinois institutions of higher education through networking and sharing of scholarly presentations designed to improve dissemination of research projects, teaching strategies, and service efforts.  Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit their abstracts. Come share your research findings, enhance presentation skills, and/or receive guidance from seasoned researchers, mature scholars and peers are encouraged to present non-competitively.  

Call for Abstracts.  Abstracts are being accepted for this multidisciplinary research forum.  Submit your abstract today. Research poster presentations will be on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  The abstract should clearly explain the background for the study, the study goal or hypothesis to be tested, the study design, and the results of findings (See detailed instructions below).  We encourage the language of the abstracts to address an audience from a wide range of academic disciplines and interests rather than one you would encounter at a more specialized disciplinary conference.  The abstract should include the names of the individual(s) conducting the research and the institution sponsoring the research. 

Upon review of the abstracts, three persons will be invited to present their research at the Research Plenary.  PowerPoint equipment will be available. 

Research poster sessions are scheduled from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  Poster dimensions should not exceed 34" (width) and 44" (height).  This year the posters will be displayed on pin up boards.  Posters will NOT be mounted on easels.  

Given limitations in space, only 80 abstracts will be accepted.  Please read carefully the following instructions.  Provide all information requested.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Research presenters will be entered in a raffle for an Apple iPad.

 Application and Acceptance Process

Submission deadline for abstracts/applications:  March 15, 2017

Notification of accepted abstracts:  March 11, 2017

Presentations:  April 12, 2017

Instructions for Abstract Submission

After reviewing the instructions, complete the Abstract Submission Form by clicking the Register Now! box below.

Accepted submissions will be duplicated just as they are received. Please prepare them with professional pride and have a faculty member review it before submission.  Abstracts submitted must use Times New Roman font with a font size of 12. The abstract should be in Microsoft Word format (Maximum 300 words). 

  • The abstract title should be centered and in UPPERCASE LETTERS.
  • Below the title, include the Presenting Author(s) (First, Middle Initial, Last), Additional Authors (if applicable), Faculty Sponsor*, Faculty Sponsor’s Department, Department of (Major), and Institution.
  • The text of the abstract begins two lines spaces below the title, author and contact information. The body of the abstract should be single spaced and left justified. 
  • The abstract should be sent as an Email attachment to
  • The subject of the email should be Abstract followed by your name  (Example - SUBJECT:   Abstract - Alexandra Adams). 
  • Please do not send introductory chapters or other thesis or dissertation materials. 
  • The abstract should clearly explain the background for the study, the study goal or hypothesis to be tested, the study design, and the results or findings.
  • The completed application will be reviewed by the Program Selection Committee and you will be notified by email of the decision regarding your proposal.
  • Please send abstracts and/or questions to us at
  • Best wishes. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. 

Registration: Students submitting abstracts must also complete the Abstract Submission Form by clicking on the Register Now! button below.