2015 PT@CC Student Presentation Contest

The PT@CC Student Presentation Contest aims to promote active learning through the creation of electronic presentations (e.g., PowerPoint presentations/research posters) by psychology students at community colleges. Students are invited to submit an electronic presentation in one of the following categories:

  • Presentations that illustrate and explain a psychological concept, theory or research discovery.
  • Presentations that illustrate and explain a service learning experience or other application of psychology in the community.

The presentation also must be accompanied by a 4- to 5-page APA Style research paper that discusses the psychological concept or theory, application of psychology, or research discovery. In addition, all submissions must be accompanied by a sponsorship letter.

Entries must be submitted by May 4, 2015.


  1. Presentations must be submitted as PDF files, 10MB or less. If possible, presentations should be submitted as a high-resolution PDF file (with high-resolution photos, if included).
  2. Submission constitutes the student's representation and warranty that any materials, figures, information or graphics incorporated in the presentation are either the original creation of the student, or is the creation of a third party from whom the student has obtained written permission to reproduce for the purposes outlined herein. If photographs of people are provided, those people must give written permission to have their photographs displayed. APA may ask for proof of permission at any time.
  3. Submission constitutes the student's authorization to APA to reproduce and publicly display the presentation in electronic, online and/or print format, including but not limited to the APA website and/or PsycEXTRA.


  1. The paper must be no longer than five pages, double-spaced — excludes the title page, abstract and references. It must also conform to APA style. See the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for details. A tutorial for APA Style can be found online.

  2. The paper must be submitted as a PDF or Word document file, and must be submitted as a separate document from the presentation (PowerPoint presentation).

  3. Students must include a cover page with the following information (all required): student's name, student's college name and college address, student’s email address, and the PT@CC faculty sponsor’s name and email address. Students should be aware that submissions will be screened for originality.

  4. Entries may be developed by a single student or by a team.

Sponsorship Letter

Students must provide a sponsorship letter from a psychology faculty member who supervised the project. Faculty sponsors must be members of PT@CC. The sponsorship letter certifies that:

  • The project is substantially the work of the student(s) submitting the project.

  • The electronic portion of the project has been presented in class.

  • The project complies with the APA Code of Ethics.


Please email entries to Martha Boenau by May 4, 2015. Entries must include the following components: 

  1. Contest cover sheet.
  2. Student presentation (poster).
  3. Student paper.
  4. Sponsor letter.

The first place winner will be awarded $500. The second place winner will be awarded $300 and the third place winner will be awarded $200.


The competition is open to students currently enrolled at a community college or other two-year school. Students are eligible if they are community college students who have not previously completed a bachelor’s degree. 

Their faculty sponsors must be members of the APA Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC). Faculty members interested in joining PT@CC can obtain more information by contacting Martha Boenau in the APA Education Directorate, (800) 374-2721, ext. 6140.


Please contact Martha Boenau in the APA Education Directorate with questions.


The Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC) is a group of members and affiliates of the American Psychological Association. PT@CC was established in 2001. APA offers a number of benefits to faculty through PT@CC, such as teaching-related programming, awards, competitions for community college teachers and students, and a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, Psychology Teacher Network, for teachers of introductory psychology.