Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


  • How do I register for the conference?

Conference registration is now open! Click here to register to attend the conference. Presenters must also register to attend the conference so that you will be able to access the Zoom room. Registration is free. The registration deadline is Friday, April 9th, 2021.

  • How do I submit a presentation abstract?

The deadline for abstract submissions has passed. We are no longer accepting submissions.

  • How do I cancel my registration for the conference?

If you would like to cancel your registration or withdraw your abstract submission, please email us at

Conference Details 

  • When is the abstract submission deadline?

The deadline for abstract submissions has passed. We are no longer accepting submissions.

  • Will I be notified if I am selected to present?

Yes, you will be notified if you are selected to present or not. If you are not selected to present, we encourage you to attend the conference regardless to see other presentations and to network with fellow WNY psychology students and faculty.

  • What are the costs of attending this conference?

This conference was created with the intent to provide low-cost research presentation experience to students of Western New York. As such, there are no direct costs associated with attending the conference. Registration is free! If you feel there are costs that you need help covering, we encourage you to investigate funding for experiential learning at your home university.

  • What time of day will the conference be?

The conference will be held virtually on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 from 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. See the main page for the conference schedule.

  • I’m not presenting, can I attend the conference?

Absolutely! We would love for you to attend the conference and learn more about various psychological topics. 

  • I’m not a psychology student, can I attend the conference?

Yes! Although the conference is about psychology, all students are welcome to attend the conference.

  • Will the talks be recorded?

Unfortunately, no. No talks or presentations will be recorded. In order to view the presentations, you must register and attend the live conference.

Presentation Details

  • What are the possible presentation formats?

Students may present a 5 minute lightning talk or a 12 minute oral presentation. Presenters must indicate which presentations format they prefer when submitting their abstracts. Below are descriptions of the requirement for each type of presentation.

Lightning talks must be a maximum of 5 minutes, including 1-2 minutes of audience questions. Thus, presenters should prepare an approximately 3-4 minute presentation. Lightning talks are required to follow a two-slide format. The first slide should have the presentation title, the presenter’s name, the faculty advisor, and their institutional affiliation. Optional, but not required on the first slide is an acknowledgement of other students, faculty, or staff who may have contributed to the project. The second slide should host the content of the presentation. Due to the brief nature of these presentations, animations or other forms of multimedia (e.g. audio or video clips) are not allow in the lightning talks. Lightning talk presenters will be required to submit their slides in advance of the day of the conference to help ensure smooth transitions between presenters.

Oral presentations must be a maximum of 12 minutes, including 2-3 minutes of audience questions. Thus, presenters should prepare an approximately 9-10 minute presentation. There is no slide limit for oral presentations.

Visit our tips on giving talks page for additional suggestions!

  • Can I do an oral presentation and a lightning talk?

No, sorry. To allow as many applicants as possible to present, each student will only be able to present one project. We would like to note, however, that students not selected to give oral presentations may be offered the opportunity to present a lightning talk instead.

  • Due to COVID-19, I haven’t collected all of my data. Can I still present?

Yes! We recognize that many students are unable to complete their data collection or statistical analyses due to COVID-19. However, we want students to continue to have the opportunity to create research presentations to the best of their abilities. Thus, presentations with preliminary analyses or expected results and discussions will be accepted.

  • I’m not a psychology student, can I still present at the conference?

Any student who does work within the field of psychology, neuroscience, or a related field is welcome to submit an application to present at the conference, regardless of their major. We look forward to seeing your submission!

  • I don’t have data yet, can I still present at the conference?

Yes, incomplete projects may be presented, but the inclusion of preliminary analyses is encouraged. Feel free to contact us with additional questions at