The 2019 Annual Convention will be in Denver, CO
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Submission deadline: December 17, 2018
Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm MST on Monday, December 17, 2018.
To complete the submission process, you will need:
All author names, affiliations, and email addresses,
The name, email address, and phone number of the corresponding author (see important information under ‘Corresponding Author’ below),
A presentation title,
A short description of your presentation (50-word limit) that will appear in the convention program, and
A summary (500- to 1000-word limit), in either a PDF (.pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Word (.doc or .docx) file. The title of the presentation should be on the first page of your summary. The fileshould notcontain include any authors' names, in order to facilitate blind reviews. Please include a reference section in your summary but note that the reference section will not count against your word limit.
You will also need to know the topic area(s) of your presentation. Students,we strongly suggest that you consult with your faculty sponsor about the appropriate topic areas of your presentation. Topic areas help determine who reviews your submission and when your presentation is scheduled (if accepted into the program). See “Topic Areas” below for the topic area options.
Please also read the specific information below, as it contains more information about student awards, the teaching conference (which is changing a bit this year!)
The Portenier-Wertheimer Teaching Conference will occur on Thursday, April 4. You may submit a teaching take-out demonstration or a 50-minute workshop or symposium. Teaching take-out presentations should be brief (less than 10 minutes) demonstrations of teaching activities. Workshops or symposia on the teaching of psychology will be 50 minutes long. Unlike previous conferences, there will NOT be a poster session on Thursday. Teaching posters will be scheduled either Friday or Saturday. For more information, please contact Doug Woody, RMPA’s Teaching Conference Coordinator, at William.Woody@unco.edu.
Presentations for Students
This programming on the afternoon of Thursday, April 4 is sponsored by Psi Chi and will be for undergraduate and graduate students. For example, past presentations have included talks about getting into and preparing for graduate school, professional behavior at conferences, and time management for students. Presentations will be 50 minutes long and can be in the form of workshops or symposia. For more information, please contact Leslie Cramblet-Alvarez, Psi Chi’s Vice President for the Rocky Mountain Region, at email@example.com. Submissions for this programming should go through Leslie Cramblet-Alvarez and NOT through RMPA’s submission portal.
These presentations will occur on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. The types of presentations include:
Speakers will be given 12 minutes of their 15-minute time slot to give an oral presentation. The remaining 3 minutes will be for discussion and for the transition between speakers. A typical oral presentation session has three or four presentations and is arranged around common topics, selected by the program committee. A session moderator will introduce the speakers and monitor time limits. Please note that students who wish to be considered for a student award (the Psi Chi Student Award, the RMPA Undergraduate Research Award, or the Nancy J. Karlin Graduate Student Research Award) need to select this option since finalists will be required to present their research orally during special sessions.
Poster presentations will be for one hour, and at least one author is expected to be available during that time to answer questions. One common poster size is 48" wide by 36" tall. Please go to https://westernpsych.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Poster-Ergonomics.pdf and to https://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2011/01/poster.aspx for tips from APA and WPA about a designing a good poster. Posters should have introduction, methods, results, and discussions sections when presenting empirical work.
Symposia are moderated, organized presentations on special topics. The submission should consist of a 250-word summary describing the symposium topic, as well as a 500-1000 word summary of each presentation clearly labeled with the presentation title, and all of this information should be in one file. This file should be without author names or affiliations, and you will also be asked to submit a second file with talk titles as well as author names and affiliations for each talk. Symposia submissions that select Educational Psychology/Teaching of Psychology as the first topic (Topic #1) will be asked whether they wish present during the Portenier-Wertheimer Teaching Conference on Thursday, April 4. Preference is given to symposia that request one hour programming, but you can request an hour and a half or two hours of the program.
Workshops differ from symposia in that they encourage audience participation, and provide demonstrations or illustrations. Preference is given to workshops that request one hour of programming, but you can request an hour and a half or two hours of the program. Submissions that select Educational Psychology/Teaching of Psychology as the first topic (Topic #1) will be asked whether they wish present during the Portenier-Wertheimer Teaching Conference on Thursday, April 4.
Teaching Take-Out Demonstrations
During the Portenier-Wertheimer Teaching Conference, there will be one Teaching Take-Out session with several presenters. At less than 10-minutes each, these presentations will be ready-to-use demonstrations for the psychology classroom. Please note that if your teaching take-out demonstration submission is accepted that you will be presenting in the noon session on Thursday, April 4, which is the first session of the teaching conference.
International Perspectives Poster Award
Research addressing international issues of all kinds, with student’s as the first author, will be placed in an international perspectives poster session and judged during the poster session. Award winners, based on the quality of their presentations at the conference, will be announced at RMPA’s business meeting on Saturday, April 6, and each winning submission will receive $100.The first author must be a student, and poster submissions for this award MUST have “Cross-cultural Psychology/International Perspectives” as Topic Area #1 in their submission.
Oral Presentation Awards:
Undergraduate and graduate students who are doing oral presentations may ask to be considered for ONE of the following awards.
Psi Chi Student Awards
Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, encourages student participation in the RMPA convention and would like to acknowledge student papers in the program. All papers submitted by undergraduate or graduate student members of Psi Chi are eligible for one of six $400 Regional Research Awards. Winners must present their research orally at the convention. Faculty co-authors are allowed, but the presenters at the conference must be students. The first author must be a member of Psi Chi, and you will be asked for the Psi Chi membership number of the first author if you select this award. For more details about this award, go to www.psichi.org/?Award_RegRes_Details#.Wfy0lBOPKcZ
RMPA Undergraduate Research Award
RMPA selects up to 4 student presentations to receive either the RMPA Student Award or the RMPA Student Diversity Award. For each of these student awards, the first author of the presentation must be an undergraduate student, and no faculty authors are allowed. Based on the information provided in the conference submission, student award finalists will be selected. These finalists must give their oral presentation during the special convention sessions set aside for RMPA award finalists in order to be considered for the award. Up to 2 of the 4 awards can be diversity awards, and the RMPA Diversity Council Chair determines which, if any, of the 4 awards will be Diversity Awards, based on the topic of the presentation. Award winners, based on the quality of their presentations at the conference, will be announced at RMPA’s business meeting on Saturday, April 6, and each winning submission will receive $250.
Nancy J. Karlin Graduate Student Research Award
For these student awards, the first author on the presentation must be a graduate student, and no faculty authors are allowed. Based on the information provided in the conference submission, student award finalists will be selected. These finalists must give their oral presentation during the special convention sessions set aside for RMPA award finalists in order to be considered for the award. Award winners, based on the quality of their presentations at the conference, will be announced at RMPA’s business meeting on Saturday, April 6, and each winning submission will receive $500. RMPA will award up to 2 of these awards each year. This award is named after long-time RMPA supporter and executive committee member, Nancy J. Karlin, a full professor at the University of Northern Colorado.
You will be asked to identify a corresponding author in your submission proposal. This is usually one of the authors or the faculty sponsor. This is the only person who will receive emails about this presentation submission, and they will be expected to share the information they receive with co-authors or faculty sponsors, as appropriate.
You can identify up to 3 topic areas for your presentation. These topic areas help the program committee review your proposal appropriately and schedule your presentation, so picking accurate topics is important. If you are an undergraduate student, please consult your faculty sponsor about the most appropriate topics for your presentation. The topic areas are:
Applied (Industrial/Organizational, Psychology and Law, etc.)
Cross-Cultural Psychology/International Perspectives
Educational Psychology/Teaching of Psychology
Psychology of Women/Gender Roles
If you have any questions about the submission process or about the conference program, please contact Anna Ropp, RMPA Program Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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