Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference

L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference
Friday April 13, 2018
The annual Reid Psychology Research Conference at the University of Virginia highlights outstanding empirical research conducted by undergraduate scholars.  Presentation formats are research talks (15 minutes) or posters. The proposal deadline is Monday morning, March 1, 2018 at 8:00am and accepted applicants will be notified by 5pm Monday, March 19. In recent years, the number of applications has far-exceeded conference capacity, so the selection process is competitive for both talks and posters.  Though competition is stiffer for acceptance of a talk, applicants for talks are automatically considered for a poster if their talk application is unsuccessful.  

 Eligibility for Presentation ( Talk or Poster)  

Students applying to present  research must be currently enrolled  as an undergraduate. Presentation content should bear on psychological theory and involve empirical analysis.  Analyses need not be completed at the time of application, but completion by the time of the conference should be feasible.

Non-presenting Attendees
Parents and faculty, as well as students who are not presenting  are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for registration, but these individuals should register by March 26, 2018.   

Undergraduate Conference Registration/Application

Information on Talks

Talks are one-person presentations by the undergraduate student. Faculty advisors are to be noted separately.  Talks should be planned to take 12-15 minutes, and will be followed by 5-10 minutes for questions.

If your talk is accepted and you are using electronic media (e.g., PowerPoint), you will be asked to send a copy of the presentation via email to by Tuesday, April 10. We will provide a computer and projector and have your presentation preloaded, but bring a backup copy on CD or USB drive.         

Information on Posters         

Applicants for a poster presentation may have their name listed on only one poster. Multiple student authors are allowed for a given poster, but only one student should submit the application. Faculty advisors are to be listed on a separate line.
Posters should be no larger than 3.5 feet high and 5.5 feet wide. Sign stanchions will be provided.         

Abstract Guidelines        

Please follow American Psychological Association style guidelines closely. Abstracts are not to exceed 250 words and the research should be independent student research. Your faculty advisor should not be listed as a coauthor, but should be included on a separate line.

See the example below:

            American Children: Associations with Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors

            Jane Smith

            Advisor: Dr. Jones

            Grandest University

Childrens' emotion regulation ability has been shown to influence psychosocial development, but this research has relied primarily on data from Western cultures. Given the important influence of  culture and context on emotion processes, the current study examined emotion regulation and its  associations with internalizing and externalizing behaviors in Ghanaian and American youth. Participants were 142 children from Ghana and 147 children from the United States, ages 8-15,  who completed questionnaires assessing the coping, inhibition, and dysregulation of sadness and  anger, frequency of emotion experiences, presence of depressed mood, and aggressive behavior.  Regression analyses indicated that sadness and anger regulation do predict uniquely to depressive  and aggressive behaviors in both.


Conference Location

The conference begins in the Ern Commons Building, 567 McCormick Road and concludes at Gilmer Hall rm 190,  485 McCormick Rd


2018 Tentative Schedule of Events

8:00-8:30 AM Check in Ern Commons

8:30-8:45 Welcoming Remarks

8:45-10:15 Oral Presentations I

10:15-11:15 Poster Session I

11:15-12:15 Lunch for Presenters & Mentors; Set up afternoon posters

12:15-1:15 Poster Session II

1:15-1:30 Transition to Gilmer Hall 190

1:30-3:00  Oral Presentations II

3:05-3:15   Appreciation Remarks

3:30-4:30  Keynote Lecture: Hazel Markus

4:30-5:00 Closing reception in Gilmer 190 Fourier

For Non-UVA students and visitors: Free parking will be availiable in parking lot S6 near Scott Stadium

Nearby hotels include

Cavalier Inn at The University of Virginia
Courtyard Charlottesville – University Medical Center
Hampton Inn & Suites at The University
Recently Participating Schools:
Bates College • Boston College • Brandeis University • Christopher Newport University • Clemson University • College of William and Mary • Duke University Fordham University • George Washington University • James Madison University • Longwood University • Mary Baldwin College • Meredith College • Northwestern University • Ohio State University • Old Dominion University • Pennsylvania State University • Sweet Briar College • Syracuse University • University of California Santa Barbara • University of Maryland • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University • Yeshiva University