STUDENT RESEARCH COMPETITIONS AT SWPA
Currently enrolled students may submit their original research as entries in the Psi Chi or SWPA Student Research Competitions. All competition finalists are scheduled as 20-minute talks in the SWPA program.
Psi Chi Regional Research Award Competition
Students who are Psi Chi members should submit their abstract to the Psi Chi competition in the submission process. Psi Chi gives at least twelve $300 Psi Chi Regional Research Awards. This is the largest monetary award given at SWPA’s student research competition, so all students who are members of Psi Chi should submit their work to that competition. Students who receive the Psi Chi Regional Research Award will be scheduled as 20-minute talks. All submissions to the Psi Chi competition that are not selected as Regional Research Awards will automatically be forwarded for inclusion in SWPA Student Research Competition.
Send questions regarding the Psi Chi Regional Research competition to Dr. Shawn Charlton: email@example.com
SWPA Student Research Competition
Students who are not Psi Chi members and wish to be considered for an award should submit their abstract to the SWPA Student Research Competition, which is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. This will give twelve $100 Finalist awards. Finalists in the SWPA Student Research Competition will be scheduled as 20-minute talks. Each of these presentations will be judged by at least three SWPA professional members according to a common rubric. The ratings of these judges will be combined to determine a “best paper” winner for the SWPA student research competition (one each at the graduate and undergraduate levels). These “best paper” awards will earn an additional $100 award.
A portion of undergraduate submissions to the SWPA Student Research Competition that are not selected as Finalists, but are identified as exemplars of high quality student work, will be selected for inclusion in an Undergraduate Research Showcase poster session. Students who are members of Psi Chi will be provided a badge to include on their poster when they make their presentation. Selection for the Undergraduate Research Showcase comes with a certificate and $25.
Submission to the SWPA Student Research Competition that are not selected as Finalists or for the Undergraduate Research Showcase will be evaluated for inclusion on the program. Those that are accepted will be placed in general SWPA Student Poster sessions, or as talks, depending on availability. Submissions that fail to meet the guidelines for submission will be rejected for inclusion in the program.
Send questions regarding the SWPA Student Research Competition to Dr. Scott Bailey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for Submissions
The guidelines for submission are the same for both the Psi Chi and SWPA student competitions. A faculty member must sponsor each entry, but cannot be listed as a co-author. The student author(s) will be listed as such and the faculty sponsor will be listed separately as the sponsor. Faculty sponsors may serve as collaborators as the project is carried out, but the writing of the abstract and the creation of the presentation must be the student’s effort. If you wish to have a faculty co-author, then you should submit your work to the SWPA general program, not to the student research competition.
At least one author on the submission must have paid their student member registration fee to be eligible to submit (Do this in the Members Only section)
Submissions must consist of the four following clearly delineated sections: Problem, Method, Results, and Conclusions. Every summary should specify the importance of the problem to the current literature, the procedure used or planned for use to collect data, the preliminary findings of the research or the plan for analysis if data collection is not yet complete, the relevance of the findings or predicted findings to the original problem, and the implications of the research. Do not include Tables and Figures, but describe results in the submission.
Word length: the summary should be 500 words. Submissions longer than 500 words will not receive consideration. Previously presented or published work is ineligible.
Deadline for submission is Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
Remember to apply for the Psi Chi award if you are eligible. If you are not selected for a Psi Chi Regional Research Award, your submission will automatically be included in the SWPA Student Research Competition. There is a separate check box on the student competition form for such students to indicate they are Psi Chi members. Please check this box to ensure that your abstract is included in the Psi Chi competition, and forwarded if necessary.
Policies for Competitions
Principles of Fair Judging: