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University Row


University Row is a platform for universities and students to network with other like-minded students and local government professionals from around the country. Attendees will learn about career strategies, innovative techniques and the solutions which are cutting edge and evidence based practices. Students do not want to miss this student-focused, 3-day event.

At the FORUM students will be able to:
  • Participate in innovative workshops
  • Share ideas and strategize with peers
  • Get ideas on initiatives which sustain cities
  • Be inspired by speakers who are championing public service across communities

Registration ($1500) Includes:
  • Registration for 5 Students
  • Complimentary Table Top
  • All plenary and concurrent sessions Thursday and Friday
  • First Timers Orientation on Wednesday
  • Chat CafĂ© hosted by Emerging Leaders
  • Participation in the Poster Contest

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The National Forum for Black Public Administrators in partnership with Cleveland State University, will host the Student Research Poster Contest which will be held at FORUM 2018 on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The competition recognizes research conducted by the students at all (undergraduate, masters and doctorate). All students are encouraged to submit for this competition. Submissions should be closely related to the following topic: Data and Technology to Engage Citizens.

Abstract Submission: The deadline to submit a poster abstract is March 9, 2018 in less than 250 words, poster abstracts should summarize the following: 1) the research question/problem statement; 2) the theory and hypothesis; 3) the research methods; 4) the findings; and 5) the research implications. Submissions should be limited to research conducted during your time as a student. Research that incorporates the effort of a professor or a professional researcher (e.g. think tanks) is prohibited. You may only submit one poster abstract in which you are the lead/presenter. If your name will be affiliated with multiple abstract submissions, you can only select one project that you will serve as lead presenter. Submissions should be sent via email to Alternatively, submissions can be sent via U.S. mail to: NFBPA, c/o Dean Anglin 777 North Capital Street, NE, Suite 550, Washington, D.C. 20002.

Awards: The 1st place award is $1500, the second place award is $1000 and the third place award is $500.

For more information on the poster contest and guidelines please go to: