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OPA launches P.O.D.cast… Posters on Demand

Friday, January 24, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Karen Hardin
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The Ohio Psychological Association invites undergraduate and graduate students who are conducting research on psychology-based topics to present poster summaries as part of our inaugural P.O.D.cast... Posters on Demand.


March 2 , 2020 | Deadline to apply to participate 
March 9, 2020 | Deadline to submit virtual poster 
March 27-28, 2020 | Judging panel video conferences pre-scheduled in 10 minutes blocks
April 6, 2020 | OPA’s P.O.D.cast winners notified
April 25, 2020 | P.O.D.cast winners present research LIVE during OPA’s Annual Awards Luncheon

What is OPA’s P.O.D.cast?

P.O.D.cast (Posters on Demand) is OPA’s fresh take on a traditional poster session. This virtual format encourages participants to think “outside of the box” and allows their research to have more visibility while saving money and time!

OPA’s P.O.D.cast will consist of individual research “video posters.” These videos will consist of no more than 7 slides (including the cover slide), last no longer than 5 minutes and incorporate a QR code that links to the participants full research. Videos will be posted online for public viewing and promoted on social media. For an example of what we’re looking for, OPA recommends viewing the “Better Poster” video

How are Virtual Posters judged?

Virtual posters will be judged online by a panel of psychologists during a pre-scheduled live presentation. Posters may report on empirical (quantitative or qualitative) studies or non-empirical (theoretical/review) projects. Research will be judged on the following: professionalism, conceptualization, methodology (empirical only), conclusions and overall contribution to the discipline. To view the rubric used for judging the poster session, click here.

What do winners of the P.O.D.cast receive?

OPA’s P.O.D.cast offers special recognition to participants who have the most exemplary posters. Four prizes are awarded: best graduate empirical poster, best graduate non-empirical poster, best undergraduate empirical poster, and best undergraduate non-empirical poster. Our new virtual format allows for an unlimited amount of participants. Winners receive:

  • an invitation to PRESENT your research LIVE as part of our Annual Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with OPA’s Annual Convention taking place Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Columbus.
  • a CASH prize
  • an opportunity to PUBLISH your research in the upcoming issue of The Ohio Psychologist
  • one-year FREE MEMBERSHIP to the Ohio Psychological Association, and
  • FREE ADMISSION to the following year OPA Annual Convention

How much does it cost to participate in the P.O.D.cast?

The application fee for OPA’s 2020 P.O.D.cast is $25 for OPA members | $35 for non-OPA members. There are no extra fees for co-presenters. This new fee structure represents more than a 37% savings for participants!

How do I submit my research?

Participating in OPA’s P.O.D.cast is as easy as 1 – 2 - 3: 

  1. Submit an online application. Applicants will receive an email within 2 business days notifying them of their acceptance into OPA’s 2020 P.O.D.cast. This correspondence will include detailed submission instructions as well as provide an overview and timeline of the judging process.
  2. Submit a “virtual poster,” and 
  3. Present research to the judging panel via an online video conference.

Before you start your application, please have the following items available:

  • Name and contact information of lead presenter, all co-presenters and faculty advisor
  • Title of Research and categorization (empirical or non-empirical)
  • 100 word abstract
  • 500 word supporting summary

Remember... Before applicants begin working on their virtual poster, OPA highly recommends viewing the “Better Poster” video. Virtual poster videos should contain no more than 7 slides (including the cover slide), last no longer than 5 minutes and incorporate a QR code that links to the applicant's full research.


  • Virtual posters must represent research that has been ENTIRELY completed by students/trainees. If research being presented is part of a larger project led by a faculty member, a student/trainee may only present the content for which they are responsible. If a group of students/trainees worked on a project together, this material can be presented if one lead presenter is identified with the other students registering as co-presenters. 
  • Categorization in terms of empirical or non-empirical occurs at time of submission and subsequent changes are not permitted.
  • Virtual posters in the non-empirical category include concept-driven literature reviews. This category does NOT include research proposals for empirical projects, NOR does it include empirical projects without data analyses.
  • Research presented at university symposia and undergraduate venues are permitted for presentation at the OPA P.O.D.cast, but projects presented at national conventions are not.
  • Research need not be complete at time of application submission, but all data for empirical projects must be collected and analyzed prior to video submission. Virtual posters not meeting this requirement will be excluded from competition and/or may be withdrawn from the poster session without refund.

Questions? Contact OPA today!