Undergraduate Conference

Undergraduate Conference Registration

L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Friday April 17, 2015

Posters and Presentations

The annual Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference at the University of Virginia will be held April 17, 2015. Participation is open to any undergraduate student, whether from U.S. or international institutions. Abstract proposals for a poster or oral presentation of empirical research results may be submitted beginning January 6, 2015, and until March 9, 2015. The selection committee will review proposals and notify accepted applicants by March 27.     

Presentation Eligibility       

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

Presentation content should bear on psychological theory and involve empirical analysis.  Analyses need not be completed at the time of application, but completion by the time of the conference should be feasible.

Early registration is advised, as conference space is limited. If you wish to present, please submit your abstract when you register (see abstract guidelines below).

Some financial assistance may be available to help defray travel costs for out-of-state presenters who attend the conference. Please email John Rudder (psych-info@virginia.edu) for more information.        

Parents and faculty, as well as students who are not presenting  are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for registration, but these individuals should register by March 27, 2015.              


Two prizes, Jefferson cups, will be presented for outstanding participation, one to a UVa student and one to a student from another institution. Each cup will be engraved with the chosen 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 most outstanding. UVa students will vote for abstracts submitted from other schools (blind to student and institutional name), and students from other schools 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 the keynote address at the end of the day.

Although students who are unable to attend the entire conference will not be eligible to earn an award, they may still vote.

Information for Oral Presentations               

If you are using electronic media (e.g., 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 than 3.5 feet high and 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

            Jane Smith

            Advisor: Dr. Jones

            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 takes place at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation in Foundation Hall.

Address: Jefferson Scholars Foundation · 112 Clarke Court · Charlottesville, VA 22903
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2015 Schedule of Events

8:00-8:45 AM Check in Jefferson Scholars Foundation Reception Room

8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks (all conference sessions take place in Foundation Hall)

9:00-10:30 Oral Presentations Session I

10:30-11:30 Poster Session I

11:30-12:30 Lunch in Reception Room

12:30-2:00 Oral Presentations Session II

2:00-3:00 Poster Session II

3:00-3:10 Closing Remarks

3:30-4:30 Keynote Address:  “How Emotions are Made” by Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University

4:30-5:00 Closing reception in Reception Room


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)


Nearby hotels include

Recently Participating Schools:

Bates College • Boston College • Brandeis University • Brooklyn College CUNY • Christopher Newport University • Clemson University • College of William and Mary • Fordham University • Ithaca College • James Madison University • Mary Baldwin College • Northwestern University • Old Dominion University • Rice University • St. Mary’s College of Maryland • Sweet Briar College • Syracuse University • University of California Santa Barbara • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • University of Virginia • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University • Yale University • Yeshiva University