Undergraduate Conference

Undergraduate Conference Registration

L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Friday April 17, 2015

Posters and Presentations

The eigth annual Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference at the University of Virginia will be held April 17, 2015. Participation is not limited to U.S. colleges and university students. International students are also welcome. Abstract proposals for oral talks or poster presentations may be submitted beginning January 6, 2015, continuing until March 9, 2015. A selection committee will review the proposals and will notify those that are accepted for presentations.

Who May Present

Students must be currently enrolled or have completed his/her empirical research as an undergraduate student. Oral presentations may have only one author, and those presenting posters may have their name listed on only one poster. Faculty advisors are to be noted separately.

Given that space is limited, early registration is advised. If you plan to present, please submit your abstract when you register (see abstract guidelines below). Those planning to present must register by March 9.

Limited travel expenses are available for out of state presenters. Please email John Rudder (psych-info@virginia.edu) for more information.

Students who are not presenting, parents, and faculty are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for registration but these individuals should register by April 1, 2015.


We are pleased to announce that we will be giving awards for outstanding participation at the 2015conference. One award will be presented to a UVa student and one will be presented to a student from another school. The reason for the two awards is to avoid bias based on school affiliation. Jefferson cups will be engraved with the student’s name and “Outstanding Participation at the L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference 2015.”

To be eligible for the Outstanding Participation Award a student must:

  1. Vote for the abstract of research they feel is outstanding. UVa students will vote for abstracts submitted from other schools (with the names of the schools omitted), and students from other school  will vote for abstracts from UVa. Voting will take place via email a few days before the conference.

   2. Be present during each session of the conference, and attend keynote address at the end of the day. Attendance will be taken during each session.

Although students who are unable to be present for the entire conference will not be eligible to earn an award they may still vote. We will present a certificate to the award recipients after the keynote address. The Jefferson cups will then be sent to the awardees after they have been engraved.

Information for Oral Presentations

If you are using electronic media (i.e., PowerPoint) please send a copy of your presentation via email to psych-info@virginia.edu no later than April 4.  We will provide a computer and projector and have your presentation preloaded but also please bring a backup copy on CD or USB flash drive. Each presenter should be prepared to speak for ~15 minutes and allow 5-10 minutes for questions.

Information for Poster Presentations

Sign stanchions will be provided and posters should be no larger then 3.5 feet high by 5.5 feet wide. A student's name may be listed on only one poster. Faculty advisors should be listed on a separate line.

Abstract Guidelines:

Please follow American Psychological Association style guidelines closely. Abstracts are not to exceed 250 words and the research should be independent student research. Your faculty advisor should not be listed as a coauthor, but should be included on a separate line.

See the example below:

American Children: Associations with Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors

Ellen Anderson

Advisor: Janice Zeman

The College of William and Mary

Childrens' emotion regulation ability has been shown to influence psychosocial development, but this research has relied primarily on data from Western cultures. Given the important influence of culture and context on emotion processes, the current study examined emotion regulation and its associations with internalizing and externalizing behaviors in Ghanaian and American youth. Participants were 142 children from Ghana and 147 children from the United States, ages 8-15, who completed questionnaires assessing the coping, inhibition, and dysregulation of sadness and anger, frequency of emotion experiences, presence of depressed mood, and aggressive behavior. Regression analyses indicated that sadness and anger regulation do predict uniquely to depressive and aggressive behaviors in both.

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation in Foundation Hall.

Address: Jefferson Scholars Foundation · 112 Clarke Court · Charlottesville, VA 22903
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2014 Schedule of Events

8:15- 8:45 AM Check in Jefferson Scholars Foundation Building

8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks Foundation Hall

9:00-10:30 Oral Presentations Session I Foundation Hall

10:30-11:30 Poster Session I Foundation Hall

**11:30-12:30 Lunch Conference Room 102 

12:30-2:00 Oral Presentations Session II Foundation Hall

2:00-3:00 Poster Session II Foundation Hall

3:00-3:10 Closing Remarks Foundation Hall

3:30 Keynote Address TBD Foundation Hall

**Note: Lunch is provided for conference poster and talk presenters only. However, there are multiple lunch options available within walking distance of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation**


For Non-UVA students and visitors: Free parking will be availiable in parking lot S6 near Scott Stadium (see parking map below)

Directions to The Jefferson Scholars Foundation

Parking Map (See lot S6)


For those conference participants that will need to stay overnight we suggest following hotels:

Past Participating Schools:

Appalachian State University • Brooklyn College CUNY • Christopher Newport University • College of William and Mary • George Mason University • Hollins University • Ithaca College • James Madison University • Longwood University • Mary Baldwin College • St. Mary's College of Maryland • Syracuse University • University of Alabama • University of Alaska-Fairbanks • University of California-Irvine • University of Miama • University of Richmond • University of Virginia • Virginia Commonwealth University • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University • Winston Salem State University • Yale University


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2012 Conference Information

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2008 Conference Information

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