Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Should I attend the conference even if I'm not presenting?
Yes! The Conference is an exciting event that brings together many students who share a strong interest in psychology and more broadly human and animal behavior. Although being a presenter has its own set of benefits, by simply attending you can get ideas for research or internship opportunities that interest you. Of course, you can also support other students who are presenting by attending their sessions and viewing their posters.

What should I do at the conference?
The Conference provides a broadly based learning experience. Also on Friday there will be the opportunity to talk informally to fellow students who are presenting talks and/or posters. On Saturday, there are two talks by distinguished psychologists and oral presentations made by fellow students. You can attend your friends' presentations to support them, but also scan the program to find presentations on research that you personally find interesting. Remember to interact with as many speakers as possible.

How should I dress?
While there is no dress code for the conference, presenters often feel more confident if they wear business attire or “business casual”. Some students, particularly those not presenting, will wear everyday casual clothing, just as they would attending class. However, dressing in business casual as someone attending the conference is good practice for the social norms (professional etiquette) expected at regional, national, and international conferences. Also, you could be making a first impression with faculty members from graduate programs in the area.

What do I need to know about conference etiquette?
Students attend (and present at) conferences to learn from the various presenters so do not interfere with their opportunity to learn by creating distractions. When attending an oral presentation session, please turn off your cell phone, pager, iPad, etc. and give your full attention to the speaker. Please do not enter or exit from an oral presentation room while a presentation is in progress; wait for the applause at the end before entering or exiting. Presenters at poster sessions and oral presentations appreciate questions, especially encouraging and thoughtful questions. Any criticisms or concerns you have about someone's research can be phrased in a respectful and supportive manner. If you found someone's research interesting or if you were impressed by a poster or presentation, tell that person so! Ask to share/swap emails or liking them on Facebook to expand your professional network.

Will my proposal be accepted?
Your proposal will be accepted if you follow the instructions, submit before the deadline, and if your title and abstract are comprehensible. You are encouraged to submit well in advance of the deadline so that, if there is a problem with your submission, we can contact you and rectify the problem.

Is it better to do a poster or an oral presentation?
This is really a matter of personal preference and of your development as a scholar. Many students like poster presentations because they do not have to stand up in front of a group of people (similar to giving a talk in front of a classroom) and there is more one-on-one interaction. On the other hand, an oral presentation is over with more quickly (typically 15 vs. 60 minutes)! Talk with your faculty sponsor about which presentation format would be better for you.

How many oral or poster presentations can I make?
This year, students are NOT limited to being the first author on one oral and poster presentation. In other words, there is no limit on the number of times a student may be listed and present as an author or co-author.

Can I submit my proposal even if I'm not done collecting data?
Yes, assuming you are planning to give an empirical presentation; data may not necessarily be part of a non-empirical or applied experience presentation. As you prepare your abstract for your presentation you can indicate how you project the results will appear. This will not lead to rejection of your proposal. It is expected, however, that you will complete your data collection before the conference and have a complete statistical analysis of your results.

If at the time you submit your proposal you are not confident that the data will be collected and analyzed in a timely manner, you might consider doing a non-empirical presentations (e.g., a literature review or research proposal).

What guidelines are there for preparing a poster?
Posters can be constructed using a tri-fold foam core or cardboard display no larger than 3 foot x 4 foot (36 inches wide and 48 inches high). These will sit atop a table while on display. Alternatively, you can create and print a single large PowerPoint slide as a poster for wall mounting (when available at the host institution) or it can be clipped to a tri-fold cardboard display. This type of poster should be no more than 48 inches wide and 36 inches deep. Plan to have your poster on display and to be available to answer questions about your scholarship during your assigned time period. Occasionally, you may be asked to leave your poster displayed for a longer period of time; see instructions with the conference program or ask one of the conference organizers.

Also see the “Presentation Guide” tab.

What guidelines are there for preparing an oral presentation?
You will have 12 minutes to speak followed by 3 minutes for questions and answers. The presentation rooms are standard college classrooms equipped with a computer and video data projector. Depending on the host institution, you may also have internet (or Wifi) access. You should have PowerPoint slides to accompany your talk. Bring your slides to the presentation room on a flash drive. The talks will be organized into 1 hour sessions and you should report to the moderator at the beginning of your session. Be sure to check the Conference program for the time and location of your talk.

Also see the “Presentation Guide” tab.

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