Applications now being accepted for late-breaking poster session at APA convention

To enable more graduate students to attend the 2013 APA convention, to be held July 31-Aug. 4 in Honolulu, the American Psychological Association (APA) is sponsoring a special late-breaking poster session for cutting-edge research by graduate students in psychological science. This poster session, “Cutting Edge Research from Emerging Psychological Scientists,” is being organized by the APA's Science Student Council (SSC) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Science Committee. 

Submissions for this session are due March 1, 2013, and notifications of selection decisions will be sent by March 20, which will enable presenters to submit separate applications for the APA Student Travel Award before its April 1 application deadline. In addition, graduate students who are APAGS members and first authors on a poster or presentation at the convention are eligible to have their convention early registration fee waived. Details about how to get the fee waived will be sent to eligible students in the early spring.

While the names of participants in this poster session will not be in the printed convention program due to its late-breaking nature, they will appear in the online convention program and in the convention smartphone app.


Submissions for this session must have a graduate student as their first author. First authors of posters may not present more than one other first-authored poster or talk at the convention. Submissions to this session should not be redundant or substantively similar to proposals already submitted to APA under the original application deadline. Due to the late-breaking nature of this session, it may not be possible to prevent schedule conflicts if authors of the posters are also presenting elsewhere at convention.

Graduate students in all fields of psychological science and neuroscience are eligible to submit. Undergraduate students and faculty members are not eligible to serve as first authors for this poster session, although they can be included as additional authors on the poster.

How to apply

Submit an abstract of no more than 200 words by email. APA Science Directorate staff will examine all applications for eligibility. Be sure to include full names and affiliations of all authors, poster title and contact details for the first author (those items will not count toward the word limit). Contact details should include full name, mailing address, email address and telephone number. Also indicate whether the first author is a member of APAGS. Nonmembers may apply for the session but will not be eligible for the travel award or waived convention registration fee. Membership applications may be submitted together with the abstract submission. Poster submissions will be reviewed by members of the Science Student Council and APAGS Science Committee and 20 posters will be selected for inclusion in the session.

Application materials must be received electronically on or before 5 p.m. (EST) on March 1, 2013. Please email your completed PDF or Word file as an email attachment. 

The size of files attached to any one email must be less than 10MB. All applicants will be notified of selection decisions via email by March 20. Be sure to keep a copy of all submitted materials for your records.

Update: Also indicate the research specialty area of the poster abstract by selecting one or two subject index term(s) from this list (pages 9 and 10) (PDF, 1MB). Abstracts submitted without an index term will be assigned index terms by Science Directorate staff.