Poster Presentations

2021 Poster Submissions

Students, residents and fellows in training are invited to submit abstracts of rural health projects/research for podium or poster presentation at the 2021 West Virginia Rural Health Conference to be held virtually and with the ability to access sessions virtually October 20-22.

Faculty, health professionals and community members are invited to submit abstracts of rural health projects/research for poster presentation only.

Submitted projects/research should be applicable to the health of rural West Virginians. Abstracts will be accepted for projects in-progress and completed projects as well as those that have been presented elsewhere.

The review committee will use this rubric for evaluation abstracts.

Authors accepted for a podium presentation will be expected to present virtually.

Authors accepted for poster presentation will be provided a PowerPoint template to be completed and returned to the committee chair by a date specified in the acceptance email. Poster presentations will be done via a recorded presentation that will be shown during the conference and available virtually. There will be two 30 minute sessions for questions and presenters will need to be available during at least one of those Q&A sessions to answer attendee questions about their poster. 

Please use the form below to submit your abstract.

The deadline for submission is September 3.

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by September 24.

Ethical Considerations

Upon completion of this form you will be prompted to email a letter addressing ethical considerations from your Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, or acknowledgement letter from your IRB that the project is non-human subjects’ research.

If this is a community project, you may submit a letter that briefly explains that the process or project does not include data about persons.

Applicants that do not address ethical considerations will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Brianna Sheppard at the or 304-293-1444.

Attending the Conference

If you are interested in attending conference sessions in addition to the poster presentations (to be available online), you will need to register for the conference. Scholarships are available.

For more information about research presentations at the conference, please contact the review committee co-chairs, Amber Vance, at or Bri Sheppard at

Clarifications to Poster Presentations and FAQ

  1. Only the first author needs to complete the speaker release form on behalf of all authors for a poster presentation.
  2. You may add a sound clip to your poster if you wish, no more than 3 minutes in length. If you choose to add an audio file and the file is too large for e-mail attachment, please send the slide via google docs/google slides directly to Dr. Sheppard,, to have it uploaded to the conference site.
  3. There will be two 30 minute sessions for questions and presenters will need to be available during at least one of those poster Q&A sessions to answer attendee questions, however, visitors to you poster will have access to a chat feature and can ask questions at any time during the conference and up to 30 days after. We encourage you to visit your poster 2-3 times during the conference and 1-2 times a month after to respond to correspond with attendees.
  4. As a presenter, you will need to register for the single event of the poster session at a minimum. There is no charge as a presenter for this option only. If you wish to attend the full conference, or other sessions, these options are available on the registration page.
  5. If you are a student, resident, fellow, or community member, scholarships are available to attend the full conference free of charge. Select the “Request Scholarship for full conference” option on the conference registration page.

Poster Presentation Submission