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MUPC - Student FAQ

Here are some common questions related to attending and presenting at MUPC 2015.

Should I attend the conference even if I am not presenting?
Yes! The conference is an exciting event that brings together many students who share a strong interest in psychology and, more broadly, human and animal behavior. Although being a presenter has its own set of benefits, by simply attending you can get ideas for research or internship opportunities that interest you. Of course, you can also support other students who are presenting by attending their sessions and viewing their posters.

What should I do at the conference?
The conference provides a broadly based learning experience. There will be information tables and booths with tips about applying to graduate school, different graduate programs, outside organizations, and more. Also on Friday there will be an opportunity to talk informally to fellow students who are presenting talks and/or posters. On Saturday, there will be two talks by psychologists who both teach and work in their respective fields of psychology and paper presentations made by fellow students. You can attend your friends' presentations to support them, but also scan the program to find presentations on research that you personally find interesting. Remember to interact with as many speakers as possible. This is a great opportunity for you to interact and make connections with students and faculty from different institutions.

How should I dress?
While there is no dress code for the conference, presenters often feel more confident if they wear business attire or “business casual.” Some students, particularly those not presenting, will wear everyday casual clothing, just as they would attending class. However, dressing in business casual as someone attending the conference is good practice for the social norms (professional etiquette) expected at regional, national, and international conferences. Keep in mind that you could be making a first impression with faculty members from graduate programs in the area.

What do I need to know about conference etiquette?
Students attend (and present at) conferences to learn from the various presenters so do not interfere with their opportunity to learn by creating distractions. When attending a paper presentation session, please turn off your cell phone, pager, iPad, etc., and give your full attention to the speaker. Please do not enter or exit from a paper presentation room while a presentation is in progress; wait for the applause at the end before entering or exiting. Presenters at poster sessions and paper presentations appreciate questions, especially encouraging and thoughtful questions. Any criticisms or concerns you have about someone's research can be phrased in a respectful and supportive manner. If you found someone's research interesting or if you were impressed by a poster or presentation, tell that person so! Ask to share/swap emails or to like them on Facebook to expand your professional network.

What do I need to know about dress and etiquette if I am attending the conference virtually?
As a rule of thumb, dress and etiquette while attending virtually should be the same as if you were physically present at the conference. If you would not feel comfortable physically presenting at MUPC in your pajamas, do not do so as you present virtually. This includes your Skype follow-up. Thus, refer to the previous two FAQs. 

Will my proposal be accepted?
Your proposal will be accepted if you follow the instructions, submit before the deadline, and if your title and abstract are comprehensible. You are encouraged to submit well in advance of the deadline so that, if there is a problem with your submission, we can contact you and rectify the problem.

Is it better to do a poster, paper (oral), or video presentation?
This is really a matter of personal preference and of your development as a scholar. Many students like poster presentations because they do not have to stand up in front of a group of people (similar to giving a talk in front of a classroom) and there is more one-on-one interaction. On the other hand, a paper presentation is over with more quickly, giving you more free time to explore and learn from other presenters. Last, video submissions are relatively new to MUPC and are a good option if you cannot physically attend the conference but would still like to present. Talk with your faculty sponsor about which presentation format would be better for you.

How many poster, paper (oral), or video presentations can I make?
This year, students are NOT limited to being the first author on one poster and paper presentation. In other words, there is no limit on the number of times a student may be listed and present as an author or co-author. Video presentations will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If students submit more video presentations than time allows, decisions will have to be made about which proposals to accept, and all of your submissions may not be included.

Can I submit my proposal even if I am not done collecting data?
Yes, assuming you are planning to give an empirical presentation; data may not necessarily be part of a non-empirical or applied experience presentation. If you would like to present an empirical study, prepare your abstract indicating what results you predict. This will not lead to rejection of your proposal. In order to present your work as an empirical study, however, we expect that you will complete your data collection before the conference and have a complete statistical analysis of your results.

If at the time you submit your proposal you are not confident that the data will be collected and analyzed in a timely manner, you might consider doing a non-empirical presentation (e.g., a literature review or research proposal).

What guidelines are there for preparing a poster presentation?
Posters can be constructed using a tri-fold foam core no larger than 3 foot x 4 foot (36 inches wide and 48 inches high). These will sit atop a table while on display. Alternatively, you can create and print a single large PowerPoint slide as a poster no larger than 3 foot x 4 foot (36 inches wide and 48 inches high) to clip onto a tri-fold cardboard display the same exact size that will be provided to you at the conference. Plan to have your poster on display and to be available to answer questions about your research during your assigned session. Occasionally, you may be asked to leave your poster displayed for a longer period of time; see instructions with the conference program or ask one of the conference organizers.

What guidelines are there for preparing a paper (oral) presentation?
You will have 12 minutes to speak followed by 3 minutes for questions and answers. The presentation rooms are standard college classrooms equipped with a computer and video data projector. You should also have internet (or Wifi) access. You should have PowerPoint slides to accompany your talk, although always be prepared to present without slides if technological mishaps occur. Bring your slides to the presentation room on a flash drive. The talks will be organized into 1 hour sessions and you should report to the moderator at the beginning of your session. Be sure to check the conference program for the time and location of your talk.

What guidelines are there for preparing a video presentation?
You will need to record a 12-minute video of your presentation and create PowerPoint slides to accompany your talk; these will be uploaded to YouTube and Photobucket, and posted to a private Tumblr page. You will have 3 minutes to answer questions via Skype during your scheduled session. Video presentations will be organized into 1 hour sessions. Please log-in to Skype and report to the moderator before the beginning of your session and remain logged in and available for the remainder of the session. Be sure to check the conference program for the time of your talk.

Do I have to pay for registration even if I am attending the conference virtually?
Yes, even though you are not physically attending the conference, you are still required to pay for registration in order to submit your presentation proposal(s) and video(s) later on. The registration fee has been reduced to $15 for virtual conference attendees

For additional information, see the Presentation Guide

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