Reid Conference


The annual L. Starling Reid Psychology Research Conference at the University of Virginia highlights empirical research conducted by undergraduate scholars.  Presentation formats are research talks (15 minutes) or posters. 

2021 Virtual Conference Date

Friday, April 23, 2021

Proposal Deadline:  

Monday, March 29th, 2021 - 8:00 am

Use this link to submit your proposal and register as a participant for the 2021 conference by 8:00am on Monday, March 29th, 2021.

Attending as a Guest?

Please register here.

2021 Keynote Speaker

Elizabeth A. Phelps, PhD

Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience 
Department of Psychology 
Harvard University

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.

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.

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 up to 5 minutes for questions.

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.         

Recently Participating Schools:

Bates College • Boston College • Brandeis University • Christopher Newport University • Clemson University • College of William and Mary • Duke University • Fordham University • George Mason University • George Washington University • James Madison University • Longwood University • Loyola University Maryland •  Mary Baldwin College • Meredith College • New York University • Northwestern University • Ohio State University • Old Dominion University • Pennsylvania State University • Rochester University • St. Mary's College of Maryland • Sweet Briar College • Syracuse University • University of California Santa Barbara • University of Maryland • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill • University of Washington • ​Virginia Commonwealth University • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University • Washington & Lee University • Yeshiva University

2020 Accepted Abstracts