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Graduate Research Forum​

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We are pleased to announce this year's virtual Graduate Research Forum! Campus poster sessions will take place June 22 - June 26 at Winners from each campus will move on to compete in our first ever National Graduate Research Forum June 30 - July 1.

Participants will create a digital poster and a 3-5 minute video narrative that will be uploaded to the GRF website for judging. Poster and video submission instructions will be emailed to accepted students on Friday, June 5.​


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

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 or oral presentations on all topics, including those outside the above subject areas, are welcomed and encouraged!​

Save the Date - Virtual GRF 2020!

Monday, June 1: Abstract submissions due

Friday, June 5: Students will be notified of their participation

Wednesday, June 17: Digital posters/presentation videos due

June 22 - 26: Campus-specific GRF judging

June 30 - July 1: National GRF judging

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

 Submission Guidelines

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Submissions are made online using the Graduate Research Forum Application. Click here to access the application.

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)

Check out the GRF Submission Guidelines.pdf for more information. 

 Presenter Resources

Presenter Resources

The Graduate Research Forum Committee has gathered resources to assist you in preparing an abstract, as well as creating and presenting your poster or oral presentation. Please note that specific instructions will be sent to chosen participants regarding digital posters and video narratives for this year's Virtual GRF.

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Students who select this presentation format will be allotted 10 minutes for their presentation and five minutes to respond to questions from the faculty judges.  

Presenting a Poster TCSPP Poster Template Standard.png

Students who select this presentation format will present their posters to judges and attendees throughout the event.  Students will have an opportunity to answer questions from the faculty judges and attendees. 

TCSPP Writing Center 

​The Writing Center is offering several webinars to assist you with preparing for the GRF.  Please visit the Writing Center Website for more information.​ 

TCSPP Templates

Click the links below to down The Chicago School's poster and presentation templates.