Presentation Guide 

Thinking about presenting at the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference? Doing so is a great way to learn about the process professional psychologists use to share information and advance knowledge in the field. Preparing a presentation will help you to develop critical thinking and communication skills. Also, the presentation can be listed on your resume and will thereby strengthen your application for graduate school or employment.

General Information

  • We invite any of three types of presentations – empirical, non-empirical, or applied. An empirical presentation includes a report of collected data. A non-empirical report summarizes literature and includes conclusions. An applied report is a report of a learning experience such as an internship or volunteer work. In the registration process you will need to indicate which of the three types your presentation is.
  • General guidance for preparing a presentation can be found at
  • You can do either an oral presentation or a poster presentation (see below for details)
  • You can be the first author on only one presentation but you may be a co-author of any number of presentations.
  • There is no limit on the number of presentations submitted from a particular institution, nor is there any limit on the number of papers sponsored by a faculty member.
  • Presentations must be made by undergraduate students but presenters do not have to be psychology majors.
  • The first author of the presentation must submit an abstract of approximately 150 words at the time of registration. This is for both oral and poster presentations.
  • Submitting the abstract is a commitment to come to the Conference and present. In case of illness or emergency, you should make every effort to identify a substitute
  • We cannot honor requests to make oral presentations at a particular time.
  • A program will be posted shortly before the Conference with the schedule of presentations.

Information about Oral Presentations

  • You will have 12 minutes to speak, followed by three minutes for questions and answers. These time limits are strictly observed.
  • All presentation rooms will have computers and video data projectors for PowerPoint presentations. Please bring your presentation on a USB drive and give it to the moderator at the beginning of your session.
  • There will be awards for best presentations!

Information about Poster Presentations

  • Posters can be prepared using tri-fold foam core or cardboard no larger than 48 inches wide and 36 inches deep or by printing them on a poster printer adhering to the same
  • Poster presenters should be at the Conference site by 4:15 pm Friday, November 9 to
    assist in mounting their posters.
  • There will be awards for best posters!