Poster Presentations


Graduate & Undergraduate Student Researchers

Deadline for abstract submission is September 22

Indiana Psychological Association & Indiana Psychological Foundation

Poster Session & Abstract Competition

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Indiana Psychological Association invites psychology students at all levels of training, who are currently enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate student, or pre-doctoral intern, to submit their research to the Student Poster Session and Abstract Competition to be held during the annual IPA Fall Conference in Noblesville on November 2-3, 2018.

  • Gain experience in presenting your research to others
  • Discuss you research with Psychologists interested in your work
  • Meet student researchers from other universities and learn their work
  • Build your curriculum vitae

DISPLAYS Posters will be on display the morning of Saturday, Nov. 3. Undergraduate and graduate students may compete in the abstract competition. Submissions may describe empirical research or integrated literature reviews on a topic from any area in psychology.

AWARDS The top three abstract submissions will be recognized during lunch on Saturday at the conference and the submitting student will receive a monetary award. If there are multiple submissions by the same first author, that author may win only one position among the top three abstracts selected.  Also, there will be a separate award for the abstract determined to make the strongest contribution to the diversity literature. In accordance with IPA policy, diversity research will be defined as any project investigating groups who have historically been marginalized (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, sexual minorities, religious minorities, individuals with disabilities, etc.) or studies that focus on the concept of diversity itself (e.g., in the context of development, clinical work, training, supervision, etc.) or involving gender-based research.  A single abstract may be recognized among the top three AND win the Diversity award.

All awards are based on the content and quality of the abstract. Winners must have a poster on display at the conference and be present at the Saturday lunch when the awards are announced to receive their award. Posters can be accepted for participation in the Nov. 3 session if data analysis is not complete by the submission deadline, but abstracts for such projects will not be eligible for the competition.
PRIOR WORK Students may submit work that has been presented elsewhere within the 12 months prior to the Fall Conference dates. If students plan to list this abstract or poster as a separate item on a vita, the work should be modified to emphasize a different aspect of the project than the original presentation.  Consistent with the APA Ethics Code, students must be primary contributors to and hold substantive responsibility for the data, concepts, and interpretation of results for work they submit.
SATURDAY Students presenting posters must register and pay for Saturday attendance, which includes admission to all sessions, lunch, and snacks.  You may pay the discounted student affiliate rate as a member of IPA or the standard student rate for one day of the conference without joining IPA. Conference fees will be established by September 2018.

The Saturday agenda includes programs proposed by student members of IPA and those of particular relevance to students. So, please mark the date on your calendar to join some very meaningful discussions.
REQUIREMENTS Abstract submissions should be prepared using the following identifying data:


  • First name, middle initial, and last name of lead author and all co-authors
  • If there are more than three authors or if the submitting student is not first author, provide a brief statement describing the submitting student’s specific contributions to the content, data, and interpretation of this study
  • Name of the lead student author’s primary academic affiliation and the academic or institutional affiliation of each co-author
  • Student author’s year in her/his program
  • Student author’s mailing address, telephone number, and email address
Two types of abstracts may be submitted:
 1) Empirical Submissions
  • Introduction: Describe the context or problem being addressed, including ties to relevant theory and/or research and project objectives
  • Method: Describe participants/subjects, measures (including apparatus and materials), design, and procedures
  • Results: Summarize pertinent results
  • Discussion: State conclusions and your recommendations or implications for future research and applied psychology
 2) Integrated Literature Review Submissions
  • Introduction: Describe the context or problem being addressed, including ties to relevant theory and/or research and expected contribution of the project
  • Method: Describe search procedure as well as inclusion/exclusion criteria for articles
  • Summary of Literature: Summarize pertinent literature
  • Discussion: State conclusions and your recommendations or implications for future research and applied psychology

For both types of abstracts, the title of the study must appear on the top of the first page and contain the sections detailed above. The maximum length of the abstract text is 500 words not including citations.  We encourage submission of abstracts that fully address the items contained in the guidelines.  An abstract that is substantially shorter than 500 words will be less likely to address the required items. The abstract may also contain no more than one table, figure, or graph, which must be emailed separately per instructions on the submission form.  Abstracts longer than the maximum word count will not be reviewed.

Contact: Elizabeth Akey Ph.D., HSPP, Poster Session Co-Chair: