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
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.