Calling All Students: You Should Make a Poster

The Sixth Annual Mental Health Research Symposium hosted by Psi Chi will be held on Friday, April 17 at MSP. This year, we are delighted to welcome Olivenne Skinner, PhD, who will deliver the Symposium keynote address. It’s not too late to submit your proposal! 

Calling all students!

The Mental Health Research Symposium was created by Psi Chi to showcase student research and to create a conference experience right on campus.

Nadeen Majeed (PsyD 1), Symposium Chair for Psi Chi, got involved in planning this year’s Symposium after presenting a poster last year during the MA program. “I had my first experience of presenting a poster at the research symposium last year and I wanted to help others get involved this year. The research symposium highlights the variety of work and interests of members of the MSP community. It’s exciting to learn more about topics that the presenters are passionate about and have research help influence our clinical practice.” 

The goal each year is to include as many students as possible, so community support is gathering to try and encourage everyone to get involved.

First, the Symposium committee extended the submission deadline to Friday, March 13, to give you a little extra time to prepare. The Symposium is an ideal environment to present a poster for the first time; students are invited to create a poster from original research, a literature review, or a piece of conceptual work.

And, in case you need some direction or more hands-on help, Core Faculty member Dustin Shepler, PhD, will present an encore “Proposal to Poster” Workshop on March 11. “We want as many students as possible to present at the Symposium,” said Dr. Shepler. “I’m running the workshop again on a different day in the hopes we can catch more students who want to make a poster.”

Presenting at the Symposium has other benefits too – you can alert the community about your research interests. “I am excited about the upcoming Psi Chi Research Symposium! It is an excellent opportunity for me to learn about our students’ interests and passions, and for them to share the important contributions they are making to the field through their scholarship and research,” said Psi Chi Faculty Advisor and Core Faculty member Johanna Buzolits, PhD.

We recognize that presenting research is a new experience for some of our students. Whether you are new to the field of psychology, or returning after a break, the Symposium is an accessible, student-friendly place to start.