Undergraduate Psychology Program Senior Assignment Power Options
Students may choose to present their research in other venues in addition to the Department of Psychology poster session. These additional presentations are called "Power Options" because they offer added prestige. By taking this route, you elevate your senior assignment project to the level of a professional experience. This is an opportunity for seniors to experience what it is like to professionally communicate the results of scholarly inquiry in psychology. The challenge really adds sparkle to a resume, a graduate school application or a job interview. Power options help seniors showcase their abilities - no matter what their GPA. Power options are tangible evidence that you can get the job done. Two common venues at which our students typically present are described below:
Midwestern Psychological Association
This is a professional conference held in Chicago each year in late April or early May. This option is only available in the spring. To have your research accepted for presentation here is extremely prestigious. If your work is accepted, the Department of Psychology will help with expenses. Application process begins in October. You will know if your application was accepted by early February at the latest. Your mentors will provide guidance with details. Once you commit to this presentation mode, and are accepted, you must attend the conference.
This occurs in the spring semester only, generally in mid-April. Application deadline is two weeks prior to the presentation date and will be posted in the Department of Psychology hallway. This is an oral presentation of your research project. There are cash prizes for outstanding work. Approximately 10 minutes is allotted for each presentation followed by a 5 minute question and answer period. Visual aids such as power point, slides, overheads, etc. are recommended but not mandatory and must be arranged by the presenters. Faculty evaluate the quality of the content and presentation style.