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The Ohio Psychological Association invites undergraduate and graduate students conducting research on psychology-based topics to present poster summaries at its Annual Convention. The 2020 OPA Convention will be held in Columbus April 23, 24 and 25. Winners of the poster session will present their research on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Posters may report on empirical (quantitative or qualitative) studies or non-empirical (theoretical/review) projects.

Information about the completely revamped 2020 poster session will be available in January 2020! 

Posters are 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.

The poster session offers special recognition to students who have the most exemplary posters. Four prizes are awarded: best graduate empirical project, best graduate non-empirical project; best undergraduate poster; and, the People Choice’s Award. Registration is typically open to the first 50 accepted posters.

Lead authors of winning posters are given:

  • a cash prize
  • an opportunity to highlight the 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


OPA Poster Session Guidelines and Disclaimer

  • Posters must represent research that has been entirely completed by students. If research being presented is part of a larger project led by a faculty member, a student may only present the content for which they are responsible. If a group of students 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.
  • 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.
  • Projects presented at university symposia and undergraduate venues are permitted for presentation at the OPA Poster Session, but projects presented national conventions are not.
  • Projects need not be complete at time of submission, but all data for empirical projects must be collected and analyzed by the date of presentation. Projects not meeting this requirement will be excluded from competition and/or may be withdrawn from the poster session without refund.


Questions? Contact OPA today!