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We would like to invite our guests to submit their research to the 33rd annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference. The conference will be held at Chatham University from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday April 23rd, 2005 in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania . We feel that the opportunity for undergraduates to present their research is important to their professional development. Attending a conference provides a wonderful opportunity for students to practice their presentation skills and to discuss their ideas with other faculty and students.

We will accept submissions for both paper (oral) and poster sessions. The paper sessions will be 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions. Participants will be able to use PowerPoint, slides, overheads, and TV/VCR for their presentations. (Please indicate your audiovisual needs on the registration form). This year we ask that the poster presenters present their posters on the standard poster presentation boards available at most campus bookstores and office supply stores such as OfficeMax, Staples, and Office Depot. These boards, which measure 36" X 48", are tri-fold, and they will allow the posters to stand on tables for the poster session. Students should also bring copies of a one-page handout of their presentations. Poster presenters should plan to come 10-15 minutes early to register and set up their posters by 8:15 as the poster session will immediately follow morning registration.

Students can submit their abstracts on-line by following the links in the menu on the top of this page. Each presentation should be submitted only once by the first author. Authors should prepare an APA style abstract that is no more than 600 characters (approximately 100 words) on their word processor, proof and spell check, and then copy it into the conference form. We will e-mail each faculty advisor with a confirmation of acceptance. If anyone does not have access to an internet compatible computer to use the web forms, please contact the conference organizers. Students submitting their abstracts on-line are automatically registered for the conference (the conference fee will be $10.00).

Abstracts are due Saturday April 9th, 2005.

We ask that faculty and attendees not presenting also complete the on-line conference registration form by Friday April 15th. This will allow us to get an accurate count of the number of people who are attending so that we can arrange for adequate parking, seating and food. The conference fee will be $10.00 and will include a conference program, continental breakfast and a deli buffet-style lunch. All fees can be paid at morning registration. Please bring either cash or a check made out to Chatham University .

The conference web site contains detailed information about the conference, including a conference schedule, directions to Chatham University, a map of campus, helpful information for students on presentations and posters, as well as additional information about the keynote speaker and address.

We hope that you will encourage your students to present at the conference, and we look forward to meeting and sharing ideas with you and your colleagues. Please take the time to announce this information to your students and to distribute the flyers to your fellow faculty members.

We hope to see you all in April. If you have any questions, feel free to email Dr. Tom Hershberger (hershberger@chatham.edu). Or you may call 412.365.1128.
2005 Chatham University Woodland Road Pittsburgh, PA 15232