Annual Department of Psychology Student Symposium

Monday, April 24, 2023 in the Madison Union Ballroom

PHOTO: JMU Student presenting research

The Department of Psychology invites undergraduate students to present their Honors Thesis, Research Project, or Internship Experience at the 2023 Student Symposium to be held in person on Monday, April 24, 2023 in the Madison Union Ballroom

Projects do not need to be complete to be presented (i.e. they may be in progress). Below you will find information for presenters, judges, and visitors. Please let Dr. David Szwedo ( or Dr. Robyn Kondrad ( know if you have any questions. We are excited to help students share and celebrate their accomplishments from this academic year!

Format for the Event

The format of the day will be as follows:

  • 9:30-10:45: Poster Session 1 (setup 9:00-9:30am)
  • 11:00-11:45: Brief Research Talks
  • 11:45-12:30: Psi Chi Inductions
  • 12:30-1:30: Psyc Clubs / Grad Psyc Program Info Sessions
  • 1:45-3:00: Poster Session 2 (setup 1:30-1:45pm)

Please note that brief research talks will be selected by faculty recommendation (and not our Qualtrics form below). If you are interested in giving a brief research talk, please have your faculty advisor contact David Szwedo or Robyn Kondrad by Monday, April 3rd.

Students who are completing an Honors Thesis should participate. Students who received travel grants and/or printed posters for professional conferences this year at the expense of the Department of Psychology are expected to participate. 


  • By April 3: Submit your registration by 4/3/23 11:59PM for full consideration   
  • By April 10: Deadline for poster printing
    If students need a poster printed for this event, please submit an electronic copy of the finalized poster to Megan Loucks ( For the subject line of the email please format as follows: Poster - LastNameOfFirstAuthor. The author listed as the contact point on the Qualtrics form will be notified when the poster is ready to be picked up. We will have boards and fasteners at the event for students to use. Faculty: Please double check your students’ posters prior to submission!


Students must register to present by completing the online form by Monday, April 3. Students who do not register by the deadline will not appear in the program.

Suggestions for Poster Creation

Posters are typically built in PowerPoint. Set page size to 36"h x 48"w for best results. Avoid heavy use of color for ink conservation (e.g., in backgrounds). Photos/graphics used in posters should be previewed at 100% to be sure they will print well.