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Graduate Research Forum​

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Graduate Research Forum (GRF) is an annual conference focusing on student scholarship and professional development. The goal of the GRF is to connect students with other members of the campus community in order to foster collaborations and further the sharing and development of ideas. The GRF emphasizes the interconnectedness of research and practice to provide students with practical experience with poster presentations​.

From classroom experience to service learning to dissertation research, TCSPP students are continually engaged in work that both informs and is informed by research and professional practice. The GRF provides an opportunity for students to:
  • ​Communicate research projects at different stages of development—from formulating a research question to presenting completed research – in an inclusive school setting
  • Address direct questions about research project to enhance critical thinking skills
  • Increase public speaking and writing skills to utilize at future professional conferences
  • Revitalize résumé or CV with presentation experience to increase marketability during the job search process

Save the Date - GRF 2018 

Southern California – June 7

Online – June 13-17 in Canvas

Chicago – June 19

Washington, D.C. – June 19​

If you have any questions regarding the Graduate Research Forum or your poster submission, please contact:

 How to Submit


Click here for the GRF ​application​​​

Deadline: March 23​ Extended to April 2!

Submission Guidelines:​

​​Submissions are made online using the Graduate Research Forum Application on myChicagoSchool. All submissions must include:

  • Title of the presentation

  • Name(s) of the researcher(s) presenting and departmental affiliation(s)

  • 3 keywords that best describe the research

  • Methodology used (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods)

  • 3 scholarly references (in APA format)

  • Abstract of 250-300 words.

  • Thesis or Dissertation Chair (if applicable)

Additional Information

  • Posters do not have to be professionally printed, but professionally printed posters are welcome from students who plan to bring their work to external conferences.

  • Please see the Poster Presentation Resources slide below for examples of additional resources.

  • Online campus participants should plan on presenting a brief summary of their research (e.g., a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation), followed by answering questions from attendees in the Canvas discussion board. Further details will be provided upon acceptance into the GRF.

 Event Information

GRF: Southern California Campus

Date: June 7
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: LA Campus, Room TBD

GRF: Online Campus
Date: June 13 - 17
Location: Canvas Discussion Board

GRF: Chicago Campus
Date: June 19
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

GRF: Washington, DC Campus

Date: June 19
Time: 11am 
Location: North Campus 403

 Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Graduate Research Forum?

The GRF will consist of three on-campus poster sessions and an online session. Students are welcome to apply to present at any one session, regardless of their campus affiliation.

2018 GRF Dates
Southern California – June 7
Online – June 13-17 in Canvas
Chicago – June 19
Washington, D.C. – June 19​

What type of posters does the Graduate Research Forum accept?

The GRF accepts posters from a full range of student research including:

  • Any stage of development: Research Question, Research In Progress, Completed Research

  • Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research

  • Dissertation defense posters, including Chicago Clinical Psychology PsyD Dissertation Day posters

The GRF welcomes projects from all subject areas related to professional psychology and the behavioral sciences. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mental Health

  • Identity and Culture

  • Education Innovation

  • Health Education and Outreach

  • Leadership and Training

  • Child and Adolescent Development

 Posters on all topics, including those outside the above subject areas, are welcomed and encouraged!

 Poster Presentation Resources

The Graduate Research Forum Committee has gathered resources to assist you in preparing an abstract, as well as creating and presenting your poster.

Preparing an Abstract

Creating a Poster

"Keys to Success Professional Development Through Conference Presentations": This webinar conducted by NCADE discusses not only how to find conferences to present at, but gives helpful tips to construct your poster. *password: Career Services

Presenting a Poster

Download the TCSPP Poster Template:

Template 1

Template 2

General Poster Presentation Tips

General Tips

  • Use large text for the title

  • Do not use all capital letters in the title

  • Include the author(s) and a description of the research that highlights the major elements

  • Minimize detail in descriptions

  • Use pictures, tables, and figures to illustrate concepts and add interest to the poster

  • Avoid excessive amounts of information

  • Design a poster that clearly portrays the subject, purpose, and results (if applicable)

  • Use large font that can be read from a distance (i.e., at least 20 point). Your references can be in smaller font.

  • Make each section easy to identify and create a logical reading flow on the poster

  • Design the poster so it can be quickly read in a few minutes

  • Define difficult terminology or use jargon-free language for a general audience at the forum

You can either choose to have your poster professionally printed or you can choose to print and assemble the poster presentation yourself. Please see below for tips for both options.

Tips for professional poster printing (based on the APA guidelines)

  • The poster board surface area should be 4’ (122cm) high and 6’ (183 cm) wide *WE SUGGEST USING A TRIFOLD BOARD TO PRESENT YOUR POSTER - PROFESSIONAL PRINTING NOT REQUIRED

  • Prepare a label indicating the title of your paper and the author(s) for the top of your poster space; The lettering for this section should not be less than 1” (2.54 cm or 72 point) high

  • A copy of your abstract (300-words or less), in large typescript, should be posted in the upper left-hand corner of the poster board

  • Keep in mind that your illustrations will be viewed from distances of 3’ (113 cm) or more.

  • All lettering should be at least 3/8” (.95 cm or 27 point) high, preferably in a bold font

  • Be sure to provide a clear label for each section of your presentation

  • You can choose to print your poster at any store that provides printing services, such as FedEx or Staples

Tips for printing the poster the poster yourself

  • We recommend that you use PowerPoint or a similar program to create the content for your poster presentation

  • Most students choose to place the printed PowerPoint slides on a tri-fold board

  • We would encourage you to follow the APA guidelines listed above when formatting your slides for your poster presentation

Tips for students presenting their posters online

  • We would recommend that you create your virtual poster presentation in PowerPoint or a similar program

  • We would encourage you to follow the APA poster presentation guidelines when applicable​