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

The deadline waits for the data: Science-oriented graduate students have until March 1 to submit a poster for 2014 Washington, D.C., gathering.

To enable more graduate students to participate in the American Psychological Association's 2014 convention, to be held Aug. 7-10 in Washington, D.C., 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: Late-Breaking Graduate Student Posters,” is being organized by 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, 2014, 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 (or apply to join APAGS at the time of their poster abstract submission) and are first authors on a poster 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 early spring. If you have questions about the fee waiver please contact the convention office before registering for convention. After the advance registration deadline passes in early summer, the waiver will no longer be available.

Although the names of participants in this poster session will not be included 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.

In addition to being part of a normal 50-minute poster session, the 10 abstracts of the 40 selected for the session that are rated most favorably by reviewers will be included as part of a smaller group that is evaluated during the session. The presenters of evaluated posters will receive written feedback on their posters after the convention. The poster that is rated the highest by a panel of faculty and graduate student judges will be named best poster of the session. The first author of that poster will be awarded a free one-year membership (or membership renewal) in APA courtesy of the APA Science Directorate and a free APA publication that is currently in press (including all books up to $90 in retail cost) courtesy of APAGS.

Eligibility

Applicants for this session must be first author on the submission. Authors of posters may not present more than one other poster or talk at the convention. Submissions to this session should not be redundant or substantively similar to proposals already submitted for the convention 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 other material at the 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 application form (PDF, 99KB) and an abstract of no more than 200 words (text only; no tables/figures) by email to the Science Directorate. APA Science Directorate staff will examine all applications for eligibility. Poster submissions will be reviewed by members of the Science Student Council and APAGS Science Committee and 40 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, 2014.  

You may need to email your completed PDF and/or Word file attachments in more than one email due to size limitations. The size of files attached to any one email must be less than 10MB. APA 's email system blocks files that are 10MB or larger. If you try to send an email including attachments with a total that is larger than 10MB, your email may not be received. 

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.

The winner of the 2013 APA convention late breaking poster session “Cutting Edge Research from Emerging Psychological Scientists” was David Miller, Northwestern University. Pictured are (L-R) Rachel Manes, City University of New York Graduate Center, 2012-13 Science Student Council chair; Alexa Lopez, University of Vermont, 2013-14 APAGS Science Committee chair; David Miller, Northwestern University; Megan Smith, Purdue University, 2012-13 APAGS Science Committee chair; and Casey Calhoun, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2013-14 Science Student Council chair.

The winner of the 2013 APA convention late breaking poster session “Cutting Edge Research from Emerging Psychological Scientists” was David Miller, Northwestern University. Pictured are (L-R) Rachel Manes, City University of New York Graduate Center, 2012-13 Science Student Council chair; Alexa Lopez, University of Vermont, 2013-14 APAGS Science Committee chair; David Miller, Northwestern University; Megan Smith, Purdue University, 2012-13 APAGS Science Committee chair; and Casey Calhoun, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2013-14 Science Student Council chair.