The Ohio Psychological Association invites undergraduate and graduate students conducting research on psychology-based topics to present poster summaries at its Annual Convention. The 2017 OPA Convention will be held at Quest Business & Conference Center in Columbus April 26, 27 and 28. The poser session is generally held on the last day of the convention, but check the convention schedule to confirm. Posters may report on empirical (quantitative or qualitative) studies or non-empirical (theoretical/review) projects.
Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 convention. Applications for the 2018 convention will be accepted beginning in January of 2018.
Posters are judged on the following: professionalism, conceptualization, methodology (empirical only), conclusions and overall contribution to the discipline. Download the list of Poster Judging Criteria.
The poster session offers special recognition to students who have the most exemplary posters. Four prizes are awarded: best graduate empirical project, best graduate non-empirical project; best undergraduate poster; and, the People Choice’s Award. Registration is typically open to the first 50 accepted posters.
Lead authors of winning posters are given:
- a cash prize
- an opportunity to highlight the research in the upcoming issue of The Ohio Psychologist
- one-year free membership to the Ohio Psychological Association, and
- free admission to the following year OPA Annual Convention
OPA Poster Session Guidelines and Disclaimer
- Posters must represent research that has been entirely completed by students. If research being presented is part of a larger project led by a faculty member, a student may only present the content for which they are responsible. If a group of students worked on a project together, this material can be presented if one lead presenter is identified with the other students registering as co-presenters.
- Categorization in terms of empirical or non-empirical occurs at time of submission and subsequent changes are not permitted.
- Posters in the non-empirical category include concept-driven literature reviews. This category does NOT include research proposals for empirical projects, NOR does it include empirical projects without data analyses.
- Projects presented at university symposia and undergraduate venues are permitted for presentation at the OPA Poster Session, but projects presented national conventions are not.
- Projects need not be complete at time of submission, but all data for empirical projects must be collected and analyzed by the date of presentation. Projects not meeting this requirement will be excluded from competition and/or may be withdrawn from the poster session without refund.
Questions? Contact OPA today!