18th Annual Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference

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 *The Deadline for submitting presentation proposals and pre-registration has passed. You may register on site the day of & pay the $6 for lunch if you are not preregistered, but lunch will no longer be guaranteed- however, we will try our best to accommodate your lunch order if you register on site. Should you decided to attend now, please send a quick email to psychologyclub@mail.wvu.edu to let us know you are coming.*


If you are pre-registered and have not paid for lunch- Please bring $6 with you the day of the conference.




About the Conference

      The Psi Chi Chapter at West Virginia University (WVU) is pleased to host the 18th Annual Tri-State Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday April 17, 2009. The Conference entails an undergraduate student poster session, oral presentations of research, a social luncheon, a key note speaker, and the annual Psychology Jeopardy competition.

     In the Spring of 2008, Holding Every Life Precious (H.E.L.P.) came under the auspices of Psi Chi. H.E.L.P. was originally formed by a group of friends who experienced the loss of a beloved friend to suicide, and has since been revitalized with the mission of promoting mental health awareness, de-stigmatizing the seeking of help, and preventing suicide. Under Psi Chi, the H.E.L.P. Program sponsors various monthly awareness activities and works closely with the University Counseling Center. In keeping with the group’s mission, this year’s conference will have a suicide prevention theme. The confirmed keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas Joiner, from Florida State University, a leading researcher in the suicide prevention field. To find out more about Dr. Joiner, please visit his website at http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/joiner.dp.html.

     The goal for the Conference is to celebrate the research of undergraduates, stimulate more undergraduate involvement, and emphasize the importance of suicide prevention on campus.


**Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.**

9:00-9:20 - Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:30 - Oral Presenations

10:45-11:45 -Poster Session

11:45-1:00 - Lunch (see conference registration form for meal choices)

1:00-2:15 - "Why People Die by Suicide" presentation by keynote speaker, Dr. Thomas Joiner

2:15-2:30 - Book signing and light refreshments

2:30-4:00 Psychological Jeopardy

4:00  - Closing


The conference will include the annual Psychological Jeopardy competition, in which schools may sponsor a team of 3-5 undergraduates.  This is a high-spirited competition, and the winning school takes home a traveling 3 foot trophy to display for a year, until the next Tri-State Conference! Additionally, we are starting a new tradition for which we will award the "Most Spirited Jeopardy Team" with a prize that will later be announced. Team members will be given a few minutes before the competition to change into school-spirited outfits. Register your team for the Jeopardy competition and/ or the "Most Spirited Jeopardy Team" competition by following the link at the top of this page. The deadline is March 23, 2009.


     Lodging information can be found by clicking here.  


Q: What is the dress code for the conference?

 A: Either business casual or business formal, whichever would be more comfortable for you.  If you are unfamiliar with these dress terms, formal would be a suit while business casual would be just a little dressed down from that, but not street clothes. However, Psychological Jeopardy is a more casual event, and teams are encouraged to show their school spirit in our "Most Spirited Competition," so you may want to change for that event.   

Q:  Do I have to be a Psi Chi Member to present at the conference?

A: No, any undergraduate student is welcome to participate in all aspects of the conference, including presentations.

Q: Your conference has a suicide prevention theme, does my presentation have to be about suicide too?

A: Not at all. Any area within psychology, or a related field such as social work, is welcome in our paper and poster presentations.

Q: Do we have to eat lunch at the conference?

A: Technically, no. However, we were able to get partial funding for lunch so you are only paying half price for a great meal at the $6 fee. Plus, we will be having a lunchtime activity to keep conversation flowing throughout lunch so that it is informative and fun.  There are three choices for lunch at the conference, see the conference registration form for details.

Q: What should I bring with me to the conference?

A: Poster or presentation if you are presenting, a pen/pencil, CV or business cards in case you want to do any networking (this is optional), and an outfit to change into for Jeopardy (also optional). A program with pages to take notes will be provided.

Q: What are the specifics for a presentation again?

A: Paper presentations should be in power point format, prepare to speak for 10 minutes. Poster presentations should fit on a tri-fold board, students are responsible for their own tri-fold board.