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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Graduate Research Forum (GRF), an annual conference focusing on student scholarship. 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. From classroom experience to service learning to dissertation research, TCSPP students are continually engaged in work that both informs and is informed by research. Building on this experience, the GRF provides an opportunity for students to share ideas and receive feedback on research projects at different stages of development—from formulating a research question to presenting completed research. The GRF allows presenters to enrich their curriculum vitae with a poster presentation, as well as a chance to hone presentation skills and receive feedback in an inclusive setting.

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 Call for Posters

Call for Posters

What is the Graduate Research Forum?

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Graduate Research Forum (GRF), an annual conference focusing on student scholarship. 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. From classroom experience to service learning to dissertation research, TCSPP students are continually engaged in work that both informs and is informed by research. Building on this experience, the GRF provides an opportunity for students to share ideas and receive feedback on research projects at different stages of development—from formulating a research question to presenting completed research. The GRF allows presenters to enrich their curriculum vitae with a poster presentation, as well as a chance to hone presentation skills and receive feedback in an inclusive setting.

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.

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

*Please note that posters on all topics, including those outside the above subject areas, are welcomed and encouraged.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions are made online using the Graduate Research Forum Application on MyChicagoSchool

  • All submissions must include:

    • the title of the presentation

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

    • 3 keywords that best describe the research

    • the methodology used (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods)

    • 3 scholarly references (in APA format)

    • an abstract of 250-300 words.

  • ​​The deadline for submissions is April 10, 2017.

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 website for examples of poster presentation styles.

  • Ahead of the GRF, NCADE staff will be hosting webinars regarding poster preparation best practices, as well as reviewing poster drafts at each student's request. Contact ncade@thechicagoschool.edu for assistance.

  • Online panel participants should plan on presenting a brief summary of their research (e.g., a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation), followed by a question and answer session with attendees. Further details will be provided upon acceptance into the GRF.

If you have any questions regarding the Graduate Research Forum or your poster submission, please contact: grf@thechicagoschool.edu


 

 Event Information

Event Information

GRF: Chicago Campus

Date: June 20
Time: 3-6 pm
Location: Rooms 407/412 (tentative)

GRF: Irvine Campus

Combined with the LA Campus event.

GRF: Washington, DC Campus

Date: June 20
Location: TBA

GRF: Online Campus

Date: June 14
Location: Canvas Discussion Board
 

GRF: Los Angeles Campus

Date: June 6
Time: 6-7:30pm
Location: 7th floor Hallway and Student Lounge ​



 Poster Presentation Resources

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

Video: How to Write an Abstract in APA

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

APA Convention Poster Instructions

The Perfect Poster: Experts Reveal the Art Behind Displaying your Science

Creating a Psychology Research Poster

Presenting a Poster

Video: Giving an Effective Poster Presentation

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

In addition, please review the resources listed above for more examples and tips for creating a poster presentation