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Kentucky Psychology Student Conference

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Empowering Voices, Fostering Connection, and Building Community

Details for 2025 Coming Soon!

The Kentucky Psychology Student Conference provides a fun, exciting, and unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate psychology students across Kentucky to:

  • Present their research in juried competitions.

  • Network with faculty from Universities across Kentucky with diverse areas of focus.

  • Participate in workshops that help them develop practical skills they can use on their academic and professional journeys.

  • Connect, socialize, and network with fellow Kentucky psychology students. 

Click the tiles below to learn more about workshop content, poster competition information, schedule of the day, sponsorship information and how to register as a poster competition judge. We can't wait to see you there!

Schedule of Events

9:00 - 10:00 AM | Registration Opens Light breakfast will be provided

10:00 - 11:30 AM | Morning Workshops 

Undergraduate Student Workshop: How to Market Yourself to Graduate Schools or Employers

Graduate Student Workshop:
Exploring Career Pathways as Graduate Students in Psychology

11:30 - 11:45 AM | Break

Light snacks will be provided

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM | Ed Talks

1:00 - 1:15 PM | Break & Preparation for poster competition
 

1:15 - 2:15 PM | Poster Competition & Presentations 

Accompanied by heavy hors d'oeuvres and a dessert bar. 

2:15 - 3:30 PM | Networking & Social 
Provides an opportunity for students to talk and network with professionals in Kentucky, using their degrees in psychology to make an impact in their communities.

Individual Registration 

Non-Member

$35.00

KPA Member

$25.00

Registration includes breakfast, snack items throughout the day and heavy Hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon. 



 

Please note:

  • Undergraduate Student KPA Membership dues are FREE.

  • Graduate Students registering at the Non-Member rate will be granted a 1-year membership with KPA. 

  • If you would like to join KPA before registering click here.

Group registration information is available below. 

Group registration for KPSC is available exclusively for colleges & universities and includes:

  • Registration for up to 20 students, including both general conference registrants, or poster competition registrants. 

  • Tabletop display - the chance to display program materials on a tabletop display in a prominently placed central location.

Group Registration Rate                         $500.00 

Information to register for the 2025 group rate will be posted as soon as it is available. 

Poster Competition & Presentations

The Kentucky Psychology Student Conference planning committee hopes to support a collaborative research exchange among all psychologists in the state. We look forward to graduate and undergraduate students across all areas of psychology presenting their research to their colleagues, professors, and our clinical and applied psychology community . We encourage poster submissions representing a broad range of psychological inquiries. Any area of psychology is welcome! 

 

**All poster presenters will receive constructive feedback on their research from KPSC attendees. Poster participants that want to compete for the cash prizes must opt-in to the competition when registering.

Awards and Prizes 

This year we are introducing new and exciting ways students can win different awards and prizes - check out the opportunities below! 

Poster Competition Prizes

Cash prizes are awarded to the top two posters in both the undergraduate and graduate categories. Award amounts are detailed below.

Undergraduate
Poster Competition:

  • 1st Place: $200

  • 2nd Place: $100

Graduate
Poster Competition:

  • 1st Place: $400

  • 2nd Place: $200

Students Choice

Award 

This year students have the chance to anonymously vote on their favorite poster. All posters are eligible for a vote, including emerging research and those who have opted out of the competition. At the end of the day the poster with the most votes will win the students choice award and a $75.00 Amazon gift card prize! 

Surprise Drawing!

All students who enter a poster or submit an ed talk, even if not participating in the competition, are entered in a drawing to win a $75.00 amazon gift card. Winner will be drawn and announced at the afternoon networking event - must be present to redeem. 

Completed Poster Submissions

Posters and presentations may include:

  • Recently completed work.

  • Work that is in print or in the press.

  • Work for which pilot data is available. 

All poster submissions are required to include:

  • Title

  • Abstract (maximum 150 words)

**IMPORTANT NOTE:

Each author of a poster who will be in attendance must register for the conference separately. If you have multiple poster submissions, you must register each poster separately. Details are available on the registration form linked above.

Emerging Research Poster Submissions

In addition to completed posters, we are also accepting Emerging Research posters. The emerging research category is meant to allow undergraduates to submit in-progress research, as we know some data collection is incomplete by our required submission deadline.

 

Emerging Research submissions should include:

  • A poster with their research idea

  • A literature review and research questions section

  • A 3-5 minute presentation.

 

Emerging research will receive feedback, but will not be part of the competition. If submitting emerging research, please be sure to indicate so on your registration form and include "Emerging Research" at the beginning of your submission title.

What makes a good poster presentation?

A competitive, good quality, poster presentation should include:

  • A logical and clearly stated research hypothesis.

  • A good review of relevant literature.

  • A clear presentation of high quality data.

  • An appropriate choice of research design.

  • Reasonable conclusions based on the findings.

KPSC judges highly recommend that students review the guidelines and discuss them with their faculty sponsor while preparing their presentation. Scoring rubrics are linked below. 

Judging Rubrics

Workshop Details 

Undergraduate Student Workshop
Information for 2025 coming soon!
Graduate Student Workshop:
Information for 2025 coming soon!

Ed Talks 

New this year for the re-designed Kentucky Psychology Student Conference are KPF ED Talks!

  • Do you have a research project you recently completed, began, or thought of? 

  • Have you begun or done an applied community project?

  • Have you completed a research paper for class on a really cool topic?

  • Do you have psychological information you would like to share with others?

 

Do an ED Talk!

 

These five-minute talks- using up to 12 slides- are intended for anyone looking to give a brief, high impact presentation. ED Talks are great for first-time presenters or those presenting on a new topic, as the environment is supportive and decidedly informal. 

Interested? Use the button below to submit a 50- to 100-word summary of your project. Spots for Ed Talks are limited - those interested are encouraged to apply as soon as possible! 

**Legal disclaimer: KPF is not responsible for any attention or fame you receive from completing an ED talk. You will have to manage the spotlight, questions, and fame on your own!

Outstanding Mentor Award

Students are invited to nominate an outstanding faculty member or graduate student for one of the Kentucky Psychological Foundation Outstanding Mentor Awards to be honored at the Kentucky Psychology Student Conference on April 13th, 2024 at Kentucky State University.

 

Nominations are being accepted for the following:

  • Outstanding Mentor Award - Undergraduate Faculty

  • Outstanding Mentor Award - Graduate Faculty

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award

Faculty members are also eligible to nominate for the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. 

Award Criteria 

The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes excellence in a wide variety of mentoring functions, including the following:

  • Excellent research guidance

  • General assistance to students

  • Impact on students individually and as a group

  • Preparation of students for career decision-making and professional advancement

**Nominees do not need to be full-time faculty. 

Nomination Process

If you wish to nominate your mentor for the Outstanding Mentor Award, please check back for information for 2025.

The Awards Committee will review nominations and may contact the nominees for a CV and additional information as needed.

Sponsorship Information 

The Kentucky Psychology Student Conference brings students and faculty together, representing many of Kentucky’s 30 Psychology Departments. Don't miss this opportunity to support the students at your institution and showcase their scientific and academic accomplishments to your colleagues across the state! Sponsorship helps cover costs related to the juried poster competition, mentorship awards, and networking opportunities for students at the conference - thank you, we couldn't host this event without you!

Platinum Sponsorship - $800

  • 5 complimentary registrations (breakfast + afternoon social with heavy hors d'oeuvres included)

  • 1 Listing in KPA's Classifieds (can be used for a job opening, fellowship, or internship)

  • Tabletop display - the chance to display program materials on a tabletop display in a prominently placed central location

  • Prominent listing on the Cover of the onsite brochure with logo

  • Full-page advertisement in the onsite brochure

  • Advertisement in 2nd Q e-Newsletter

Gold Sponsorship - $500
  • 3 complimentary registrations (breakfast + afternoon social with heavy hors d'oeuvres included)

  • 1 Listing in KPA's Classifieds (can be used for a job opening, fellowship, or internship)

  • Tabletop display - the chance to display program materials on a tabletop display in a prominently placed central location

  • Prominent listing on the Cover of the onsite brochure with logo

  • Half-page advertisement in the onsite brochure

  • Advertisement in 2nd Q e-Newsletter

Silver Sponsorship - $300

  • 2 complimentary registrations (breakfast + afternoon social with heavy hors d'oeuvres included)

  • Tabletop display - the chance to display program materials on a tabletop display in a prominently placed central location

  • Prominent list on the Cover of the onsite brochure with logo

  • Quarter-page advertisement in the onsite brochure

  • Advertisement in 2nd Q e-Newsletter

Bronze Sponsorship - $150

  • 1 complimentary registration (breakfast + afternoon social with heavy hors d'oeuvres included)

  • Tabletop display - the chance to display program materials on a tabletop display in a prominently placed central location

  • Prominent listing on the cover of the onsite brochure with logo

  • Advertisement in 2nd Q e-Newsletter

Judging Opportunities - Poster Competition

The success of the Kentucky Psychological Science Conference depends on the involvement and generosity of talented and dedicated Faculty and Graduate Students who volunteer their time and energy to encourage Kentucky's psychology students in their academic journeys. Judges are needed in each of the three categories below - sign up today to support students and their research!

Undergraduate Poster Judging -

Faculty members and graduate students are welcome to volunteer as judges for this category


Graduate Poster Judging -

Faculty members preferred, however, graduate students may be considered

Emerging Research Judging -

Faculty members and graduate students are welcome to volunteer as judges for this category

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