Student Symposium

The JMU Psychology Student Symposium will be Held Virtually

Monday, April 26, 2021
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PHOTO: JMU Student presenting research

Undergraduate Twitter Poster Symposium - April 26, 2021

The Department of Psychology invites undergraduate students to present their Honors Thesis, Research Project, or Internship Experience at a virtual poster symposium using Twitter. Projects do not need to be complete to be presented. 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 this academic year.

Instructions for Participants

Need Help with your Presentation? Contact Roxy Fisher at or direct message (DM) us at @JMUPsychology on Twitter.

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By April 14th: Submit your registration by Wednesday, April 14th by 11:59PM for full consideration   

By April 23rd: Prepare poster, create a Twitter account

April 26: Tweet poster image and be available for Q&A during assigned session (10:30-11:45 AM or 1:00-2:15 PM) on Twitter


Register via this link:

All participants will need to register using the Google Forms registration link above by April 14th at 11:59pm. Registered participants will be included in the symposium program and can be considered for awards by our judges. When registering, you will be asked to provide your preferred first name and last name, your email address, availability for poster sessions, name of your faculty supervisor, any project co-authors, project title, type of presentation, area that represents your project, and your Twitter username/handle.

We recommend that you not use your personal Twitter account; instead, create one for professional use.

We will also ask if you wish to be considered for the Diversity Award. All registered participants will be eligible for a Best Poster Award. More information about the Diversity Award can be found on the registration link and on the symposium website.   

Getting started with Twitter

Twitter is easy to use even if you are not tech savvy. Here are a few resources if you are unfamiliar with this platform that may be helpful, but not necessary, to skim before creating your account.

Basic ideas for anyone:

More details, if interested, for using Twitter professionally

Creating your Professional Twitter Account on a Web Browser

We strongly recommend creating a new Twitter account for professional purposes that is separate from a personal account, if you already have one. Below we have provided a link to a video that shows you how to create a Twitter account for professional purposes. If you’ve never used Twitter before, it’s an easy to use platform and takes about 10 minutes or less to set up an account.    

How to set up a twitter account - YouTube

  1. Go to on your web browser
  2. Type in your preferred first/last name
  3. Use email (we suggest your JMU email)
  4. Confirm your age
  5. Click next to select your preference for tracking Twitter content, click next again
  6. Click sign up and enter code when prompted (sent to your email)
  7. Choose a unique, strong password
  8. Choose a profile picture (optional; choose appropriate image for professional purposes)
  9. Write your bio (optional; see video above for suggestions about what to put here)
  10. We suggest skipping selecting interests/following options for now
  11. Decide if you want to turn notifications on, or skip it
  12. You will now see your account!
  13. Your Twitter handle is located under your profile picture (created by Twitter automatically)
  14. To edit your privacy settings, click on the More button on the left side of the screen, then settings. To ensure that your poster submission is visible, make your profile “public,” at least during the poster session. These settings can be changed at any time.
  15. Using the search feature (top right corner), search for @JMUPsychology, and click “Follow”
  16. You can edit your privacy settings and profile information at any time

*Note that you can also download the Twitter app if you prefer, and sign up following the step-by-step instructions provided on the app

Creating and Saving Your Poster

Posters can be created using Microsoft Powerpoint and saved as a JPG. You can save your Powerpoint poster as a JPG file by selecting this option from File -> Save As in Windows based software or File -> Export on MacOS systems.

The JMU community has free access to Microsoft Office products at no cost: James Madison University - Microsoft Office for Students (

Posters can be designed in many ways, and you should work with your faculty supervisor to determine the best design for your needs. We provide two styles of academic posters and instructions below as samples to get you started.

Generally, research posters should include a title, authors, introduction, methods, results, conclusions, references. Internship posters should include a title, authors, information about your internship site and their services, your role and responsibilities, your notable achievements, and relevant contributions.

Images on Twitter work best when they are twice as wide as they are tall, and you will likely want fewer words than a conference poster with larger font. We encourage you to test it out before the conference. See an example of fonts. 

Style 1:
How to create a better research poster in less time (#betterposter Generation 1) - YouTube
OSF | Better Scientific Poster

Style 2:
Research Posters - YouTube
Instructions for Creating a Poster in PowerPoint.pdf (

Once you have finished your poster in Powerpoint, you will need to save it as an image file (.jpg) in order to Tweet it. In Powerpoint on a Windows machine, click on save as, type in a file name (e.g., Psychology-Symposium-Poster), and then select file type .jpg from the drop down menu.

screenshot of PowerPoint save screen 
On Mac computers select File -> Export, and choose JPG as your option after typing your file name.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some students have had the experience of their poster text appearing blurry after they Tweet their poster when using the method described above on a Mac. Here is a potential workaround:

  1. First save your PowerPoint file slide as a PDF document
    1. On a Mac: File > Save a Copy > PDF (from the dropdown file type menu)
      1. On a Mac, you can also select: File > Export > PDF
  2. Then export your PDF file as a .jpg file
    1. On a Mac: Open the PDF file in Preview then, File > Export > .JPG

Optional: Creating a Presentation for Your Poster

You have the option to include additional media content on your Tweet – images, links, or videos. This may be helpful if you find you cannot fit everything on your poster or if you want an experience that more closely mimics an in-person symposium. In a face-to-face symposium, poster presenters would prepare a 1-3 minute presentation of their poster for visitors and judges. If you and your faculty supervisor wish to include additional content to highlight your work, we suggest one of the following options. If you have questions about how to create your optional presentation, please contact your faculty supervisor, or Dr. Szwedo or Dr. Kondrad for help. 

Option 1: Additional images
You can Tweet up to 4 total images (your poster+3 more) at once. For instance, if you wish to type out a presentation on Microsoft Word and save it as an image file (.jpg), you can then post that under your poster image, as a threaded reply to the original Tweet.
How to Post Multiple Pictures in a Single Tweet on Twitter (
How to Tweet pictures or GIFs | Twitter Help

Option 2: Video presentation
You may want to create a video of yourself presenting your poster, as you would in a face-to-face poster symposium. There are several ways to do so, and we provide links to videos that explain some options.

  1. You can post video files directly on Twitter, but it is important to note the file size limitations (only 512 MB) and time limitations (must be less than 2 minutes 20 seconds). You would likely need video editing software (e.g., imovie) to compress your video file size. You can upload with the desktop or app version of Twitter by using the media icon.
  2. You can record a video directly in the Twitter app (but not desktop version). You are limited in length here as well.
  3. You can use any program to record yourself (e.g., use Zoom to record yourself presenting while you share your poster on your screen). You can save to the cloud (e.g., select settings on your JMU Zoom account to save recordings to the cloud), upload to YouTube, Google Drive, or any other location that allows you to create a link that can then be pasted under your poster image in the same Tweet, or added as a threaded reply. You are not limited in file size/length, though we recommend no longer than 3 minute presentations.

Helpful Resources

Tweeting your Poster – Presenters

Once your poster and any additional, optional content is created, you are ready to Tweet. We encourage you to Tweet your work in advance of your assigned symposium session on April 26th. To create your Tweet:

  1. Sign in to the Twitter account you created.
  2. Be sure your privacy settings are set to “public”.
  3. Click “Tweet”
  4. In the text box, write a brief description (e.g., title of your project, main finding) and include #JMUPsychSymposium2021, being sure to spell it correctly.
  5. Click on the media iconscreenshot of image icon, find your .jpg poster file
  6. If you plan on adding a link in the textbox or any additional media, do so now
  7. Click “Tweet”
  8. During your session, visitors and judges will “visit” your poster and provide comments and questions. It is your job to respond to as many of those comments and questions as you can, in a timely manner, during the symposium. You are required to be “live” during your assigned symposium session (AM or PM) for the full hour and 15 minutes.
  9. Note that you will not be able to remove comments from visitors. If you have inappropriate comments please let Dr. Szwedo or Dr. Kondrad know.
  10. After the symposium is over, if you wish to remove your Tweet, you have the option to do so. Note that others may retweet and share your information before you take it down, and you do not have control over that; therefore, only post products that you feel comfortable sharing in this public forum.

If you have questions or need help during the symposium, please contact Dr. Szwedo ( or Dr. Kondrad ( 

Participating in the Live Symposium – Visitors and Judges

Visitors are welcome! You do not need a Twitter account if you simply wish to view the posters (e.g., a parent can simply search for and view their student’s poster and associated comments).

The easiest way to access all of the student posters will be to navigate to the @JMUPsychology profile, which will be retweeting students’ poster submissions throughout the event. Participants can also search for the symposium hashtag (#JMUPsychSymposium2021), along with any individual Twitter handles in the search bar.

Participants who want to share their specific tweeted submission with friends/family can copy/share the link to their tweeted poster submission, following these instructions. 

How to share your tweeted poster submission

If a visitor or judge is searching for a specific poster:

If you just want to view a poster (but not comment, like, retweet, etc.), you do not need to sign up for an account.

  1. You must use the desktop browser, not an app
  2. Open your browser and go to
  3. If you don’t have a particular poster in mind, then in the search bar, type in #JMUPsychSymposium2021
  4. Or, in the search bar, type in the handle of the specific person’s poster you wish to see (e.g., @KondradRobyn). Handles can be found in the program located on our website.

Yes, You Can Use Twitter Without an Account! Here's How (

If a visitor or judge would like to comment or ask a question:

  1. You must have an account. Sign in or create your account (How to Use Twitter - Complete Beginner's Guide - YouTube)
  2. Type the presenter’s handle (e.g., @KondradRobyn) into the search bar or #JMUPsychSympoisum2021. Each presenter’s handle can be found in the program.
  3. Click on the word bubble on the lower left corner to leave a comment as a “threaded reply”, meaning that the presenter or others can reply to you and keep the conversation going in that “thread” screenshot of word bubble
  4. You can also retweet, like, or share a favorite poster by clicking on the appropriate icon below the poster.

Judges: you will be provided with detailed instructions and a list of the posters that you will judge in a separate email.


All registered participants will automatically be considered for a “Best Poster Award” based on the overall quality of their work.

In addition to Best Poster Awards, The Department of Psychology will be considering posters for the “Diversity in Psychological Research Award”. Before answering the question regarding eligibility for this award on the registration form, please first discuss the eligibility criteria with your research team and whether your research team would like to be considered for the award if eligibility is met. 

Indicating eligibility indicates that you have discussed this option with your faculty mentor, and that you have not responded on behalf of another person on your research team without their knowledge.

Eligibility for the Diversity in Psychological Research Award

Your research team must meet at least one (of the following criteria to be eligible:   

a) your research investigates topics related to diversity, OR 
b) your research involves engagement with diverse populations, OR 
c) a student presenter, who is a substantial contributor to the project, is from an underrepresented group (e.g., a racial or ethnic minority group, first-generation college students, LGBTQ+, student with disabilities, etc.).   

You will indicate your eligibility for this award on the Registration Google Form.