Undergraduate Conference

L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Friday April 15, 2016


The annual Reid Psychology Research Conference at the University of Virginia highlights outstanding empirical research conducted by undergraduate scholars.  Presentation formats are research talks (15 minutes) or posters.  The proposal deadline is Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at 5:00pm and accepted applicants will be notified by Friday, March 25.  In recent years, the number of applications has far-exceeded conference capacity, so the selection process is competitive for both talks and posters.  Though competition is stiffer for acceptance of a talk, applicants for talks are automatically considered for a poster if their talk application is unsuccessful.  

 Eligibility for Presentation ( Talk or Poster)  

Students applying to present  research must be currently enrolled  as an undergraduate. 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.

Non-presenting Attendees

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 26, 2016.   

Undergraduate Conference Registration/Application   

Information on Talks

Talks are one-person presentations by the undergraduate student. Faculty advisors are to be noted separately.  Talks should be planned to take 12-15 minutes, and will be followed by 5-10 minutes for questions.

If your talk is accepted and you are using electronic media (e.g., PowerPoint), you will be asked to send a copy of the presentation via email to psych-info@virginia.edu by Wednesday, April 13. We will provide a computer and projector and have your presentation preloaded, but bring a backup copy on CD or USB drive.         

Information on Posters         

Applicants for a poster presentation may have their name listed on only one poster. Multiple student authors are allowed for a given poster, but only one student should submit the application. Faculty advisors are to be listed on a separate line. 

Posters should be no larger than 3.5 feet high and 5.5 feet wide. Sign stanchions will be provided.         

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

            Grandest University

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
(View 112 Clarke Ct in a larger map)

2016 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:  Keynote Address by Geoffrey Cohen, PhD, James G. March Professor in Education and Business and Professor, Psychology, Stanford 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 • Christopher Newport University • Clemson University • College of William and Mary • Duke University Fordham University • George Washington University • James Madison University • Longwood University • Mary Baldwin College • Meredith College • Northwestern University • Ohio State University • Old Dominion University • Pennsylvania State University • Sweet Briar College • Syracuse University • University of California Santa Barbara • University of Maryland • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University • Yeshiva University