Instructions for Undergraduates

All undergraduate students who are submitting their own work (e.g., an honors thesis) should submit a poster through the Psi Chi portion of the annual meeting. You do NOT need to be a member of Psi Chi to submit to the Psi Chi portion of the program. The Psi Chi site is located hereUndergraduates who have collaborated on faculty-generated research may be coauthors on MPA papers and posters as long as the MPA member is also an author and present at the meeting.

Instructions for Faculty/Graduate Students

Submissions for papers, posters, and symposia for the annual meeting will be accepted from
September 1, 2017 through November 7, 2017 11:59PM EST.
Electronic submission is required.

At least one of the authors on each presentation must be a current, dues-paid MPA member. If you hold a doctorate in psychology or are a graduate student you may become a member here. Membership is separate from Registration. If you want to renew your membership, login using the box in the upper right-hand corner. Once you have become a member or renewed your membership, you may submit your presentation.

1)  Paper/Poster Submission

To submit a poster or paper, please prepare two abstracts describing your work: one 400-word abstract to be reviewed by the Program Committee and one 50-word abstract that we will appear in the Program Book if your submission is accepted. Instructions for abstracts appear below:

400-word Abstract for Review. The name(s) and institution(s) of the author(s) must not appear on the abstract since these are reviewed blind. The following format should be used, including the headings:

A.   Problem or Purpose: The Committee finds it helpful to have the paper put in context, perhaps even with references.
B.   Procedure: State the rationale, design, controls, sample sizes, characteristics of the samples.
C.   Results (including statistical tests employed and statistical results as you would include in a paper).
D.   Conclusions and implications.

It is important that you provide adequate background information in the form of references (in text citations only, no need to include full references) and names of investigators or theories to help reviewers evaluate your abstract. The blind reviewing process does not permit reviewers to determine the background on the basis of the author(s) names(s).

You have the option of uploading one document containing tables or figures to supplement your 400-word abstract. Your tables or figures must be in pdf format to be uploaded. Only upload tables and figures. Please do not upload any other portions of your 400-word abstract.

50-word Abstract for Program. A short abstract not to exceed 50 words is also required. If your paper is accepted, this abstract and all of your contact information will be inserted directly into the program, so proofread it carefully.

Submit your paper or poster here.  

2) Symposium Submission

To submit a symposium, one of the organizers should prepare a brief overview of the symposium, collect the contact information, talk title, and 400-word abstract from each person who will be presenting research, and get the contact information from the discussants (if there are any).  A symposium must include at least three, but no more than six research presentations, and may include up to two discussants.

Submit your symposium here.

Note: Only one contact email can be associated with each unique submission login. Don't use your colleague's, professor's, or student's login unless that person's email address should be the contact email address for all the submissions. The last email address entered will be used for all submissions under that login.

Instructions for Teachers

If you are interested in submitting to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) program at MPA, please click here to find instructions on submitting. Presenters should become members of MPA prior to submitting.

Contact the MPA Executive Officer.

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