Ends on October 30, 2017


To be eligible for an award, applicants must:
• Be the first author on a poster accepted to SPSP 2018.
• Be a student member of SPSP at the time of application for the award. 
• Be a full-time undergraduate student at the time of submission.
• Be available to present their research at the first poster session as well as their originally designated session at the SPSP conference.
• 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 2018 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 2018.

Competitive posters will include each of the following sections (or sections equivalent to those) below:
a.    Background Information or Introduction
b.    Objectives, Hypotheses or Research Questions
c.    Methods or Procedures
d.    Results or Analyses
e.    Conclusions or Discussion
f.     Any in-text citation should be in APA format; a reference list is not required

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 a conference.
2.       A 500-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 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 500 words will be disqualified automatically. In-text citations will count towards the word limit, but a reference list will not.

Judging Criteria & Process

There will be three rounds of judging. Rubrics are posted below for each round.

Round 1: In the first round of judging, submissions are evaluated on criteria that are deemed critical for the successful composition and presentation of an academic poster (e.g., successful use of graphs and figures, clearly organized layout). All submissions will receive Round 1 feedback. Posters that score above the 50th percentile in Round 1 will move onto the second round of judging.

Round 2: In the second round of judging, the reviewers will provide an in-depth evaluation of both poster content and the accompanying research summary. Scores from this round will be used to select 40 poster finalists.

Round 3: In the third round of judging, the 40 final 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 your poster and research summary, or for more details about the judging criteria, please reference the public judging rubrics for Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.

Preparing Your Abstract File for Blind Review

Please name your research summary file "SPAAbstract" and name your poster file “SPAPoster”. Remove all identifying information (e.g., names, affiliations) from your research summary, poster, AND file names before uploading your submission.
The application deadline is October 30, 2017, midnight in the last time zone on earth. Late submissions will not be accepted.
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at spsp_gsc@spsp.org. 

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