The awards and submissions listed below are currently open. For questions about these or other awards/submissions, contact SPSP.

Award Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be student members of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology at the time they apply for the award.

  • Applicants must be a full-time graduate student at the time of submission.

  • Published data is eligible for the award if the applicant was involved in the research project. 

  • Data collection and analyses must be complete. 

  • Applicants are eligible to enter ONE first-author submission to the award. If more than one submission is entered, they will all be voided.

Please note: The ORA no longer requires applicants to physically attend the conference nor have an accepted submission at SPSP. Past winners of the Student Poster Award and Student Travel Award are eligible for this award. However, past winners of the Outstanding Research Award are NOT eligible.


Applications should include a brief abstract and a detailed project summary, both of which should be BLIND (should not include any identifying information, such as names and affiliations):

  • An abstract of 400 words or fewer summarizing the research. There is no minimum word limit for abstracts; however, we believe that abstracts that adequately describe the details of the research require at least 300 words.

  • A project summary limited to three pages. The summary should include the purpose of the research, a brief introduction, a detailed methods section, a detailed results section, and discussion/implications section.  

  • The introduction must include a clear, concise and completely justified statement of the hypotheses tested (if applicable) or the research questions.

  • The method and results sections must include detailed and transparent reports of the study’s design, procedures, analyses, and findings. 

  • The discussion/implications should discuss the significant contribution of the work while taking into account the potential limitations of the study. 

  • The summary can include up to two tables or figures (i.e., one table/one figure, two tables, or two figures) that are not counted toward the three-page limit. References also do not count towards the three-page limit.

  • Summary must adhere to APA 7th edition format (i.e., 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced).

Please view the judging rubric for the Outstanding Research Award before you make your submission. This rubric will be used to score your application.

Preparing Your Files for Blind Review

 Please name your application file “ORAprojectsummary”. Remove all identifying information (e.g., names, affiliations) from your abstract, application, AND file names before uploading your submission.

The application deadline is October 15, 2021, 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time.

 To be eligible for an award, applicants must:

  • Be the first author on a poster accepted to SPSP 2022.
  • Be a student member of SPSP at the time of application for the award. 
  • Be a full-time graduate student at the time of submission (Undergraduate student applications should be submitted here: Undergraduate Student Poster Award)
  • Be available to present their research virtually at the first poster session at the SPSP conference if chosen as a finalist.
  • Present a poster that reflects the applicant's work, and not that of an advisor.
  • Work must NOT be in-press or already published.
  • Past winners of the Student Poster Award are NOT eligible. 

 Application Process
If your first-authored poster has been accepted for the 2022 SPSP program and you meet the other criteria, you may apply for a Student Poster Award by uploading the following documents:
1. A .pdf copy of the poster you intend to present at SPSP 2022.
2. A 500-700-word (maximum) summary of the research you will be presenting, in .pdf or .doc format.

The research summary should provide an overview of the research and offer complementary information that enhances your poster. This may include more detailed explanations of related literature and how the research question was formed, any secondary analyses and results, or information the presenter might convey in conversations with an audience at their poster presentation
Note: Any submission that exceeds 700 words will be disqualified automatically. In-text citations will count towards the word limit, but a reference list will not.
Competitive submissions will include each of the following sections (or sections equivalent to those) below:

  1. Background Information or Introduction
  2. Research Question(s) or Objective(s) 
  3. Hypotheses or Potential Outcomes (if the work is exploratory)*
  4. Impact (of project)
  5. Methods or Procedures
  6. Results or Analyses 
  7. Conclusions or Discussion
  8. Any in-text citation should be in APA format; a reference list is not required

 To improve the poster experience for presenters and attendees alike during SPSP 2022, posters are not required to include all sections described above. If posters do not include one of these sections, however, they should be addressed in the research summary.
In addition, while we encourage that final posters include a QR code (free resource: or link to a personalized website where audience members may easily access further information about the research poster (e.g., Open Science Framework webpage), to ensure the anonymity of our submissions, we advise that applicants refrain from including an actual QR code and instead indicate where the QR code would be placed in the final poster. This may be done by adding a text box that could read, for example, '[Insert QR code here]'. Posters that do not include a QR code or link will not be penalized.
Note: If you are selected to present your poster at SPSP as a finalist, you will be allowed to make minor edits to your poster prior to the convention in order to incorporate reviewer feedback. However, you should consider the poster that you submit now to be a final version, ready to be presented at the conference.

Judging Criteria & Process
There will be two rounds of judging. Links to rubrics are posted below for each round.
Round 1: In the first round of judging, reviewers will evaluate posters based on their effectiveness in communicating main finding(s) or conclusions in a simple, easy to follow format. In addition, reviewers will provide an in-depth evaluation of both poster content and the accompanying research summary. Applicants Scores from this round will be used to select 30 poster finalists.
Round 2: In the second round of judging, the 30 final graduate student posters (exhibited at SPSP in the Student Poster Award Hall) will be evaluated by “secret judges” (typically faculty members). In addition to the criteria mentioned above, scores in this round will be determined on the basis of how well authors present their posters in person (e.g., their ability to answer questions, guide viewers through the poster, and communicate the important elements of the research presented).
For more information about what to include within each section of your poster and research summary, or for more details about the judging criteria, please reference the public judging rubrics for Round 1, and Round 2.

Preparing Your Files for Blind Review
Please name your research summary file "GSPA_Abstract" and name your poster file “GSPA_Poster”. Remove all identifying information (e.g., names, affiliations) from your research summary, poster, AND file names before uploading your submission.

Note: Any submission with identifying information will be automatically disqualified.

The application deadline is October 15, 2021, 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time.

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