Request for Research Displays

We are seeking research abstracts for poster display presentations to present at the 2020 West Virginia Rural Health Conference. This year’s conference has been changed to a virtual conference due to COVID-19 and will be held October 14-15.

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Request for Research Displays

The theme for this year’s conference is West Virginia’s Resilience: Innovation in Meeting Rural Challenges



Students, residents and fellows in training are invited to submit abstracts of rural health projects/research for podium or poster presentation at the 2020 West Virginia Rural Health Conference to be held virtually.

 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 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.

 Authors accepted for a podium presentation will be provided information on how to develop and submit a 15-minute (maximum) PowerPoint slideshow with accompanying audio.


  • Use the form below to submit your abstract.
  • The deadline for submissions is Aug. 28.
  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Sept. 14.



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.

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

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



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

 Registration and scholarship information at



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

Additional Resources

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 is no set presentation time for posters at this year’s conference, 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 60 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 2-day conference free of charge. select the “Request Scholarship for full 2-day conference” option on the conference registration page and list the county/state from which you’re from, not where you’re currently residing