Student FAQ 

Here are some common questions related to attending and presenting at conferences.


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. 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.

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What should I do at the conference?

The Conference provides a broadly based learning experience. On Friday evening there will be information tables available on topics such as “preparing for graduate school”, “working in the Missouri mental health system” and “choosing a career in psychology”. Also on Friday there will be the opportunity to talk informally to fellow students who are presenting 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.

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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.

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What do I need to know about conference etiquette?

Students attend 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 or pager 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!

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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 October 25 deadline so that, if there is a problem with your submission, we can contact you and rectify the problem.

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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 and there is more one-on-one interaction. On the other hand, an oral presentation is over with more quickly! Talk with your faculty sponsor about which presentation format would be better for you.

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How many oral or poster presentations can I make?

Students are limited to being the first author on one oral or poster presentation. However, there is no limit on the number of times a student may be listed and present as a co-author.

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Can I submit my proposal even if I'm not done collecting data?

Yes. 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.

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What guidelines are there for preparing a poster?

Posters can be constructed using a tri-fold foam core or cardboard no larger than 38 inches wide and 28 inches deep. 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. This type of poster should be no more than 48 inches wide and 36 inches deep. Plan to have your poster on display from 4:30 – 6:00 pm on November 5 and to be available to answer questions about your poster during this time period.

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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. You should have Power Point 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.

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