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MUPC - Presentation Guide

Presenting at the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC) is a great way to learn about the process professional psychologists use to share information and advance knowledge in the field. Your presentation can be listed on your resume or curriculum vita, and doing so will strengthen your application for graduate school or employment. Such an accomplishment as this demonstrates critical thinking and communication skills.

In this section, you will find information about the different types of presentations you may submit as well as the formats in which they can be submitted. You will also find information about rules and guidelines for each presentation format. This information may be useful to help you determine which format is best for you.

Presentation Types
During registration, you will need to indicate the type of presentation being submitted. You may submit one of the following:

  • Empirical - This presentation is for students who collected and analyzed data, particularly during an experiment. Your empirical presentation will be a report of those results.
  • Non-Empirical - This presentation is for students who completed a literature review, research proposal, or theoretical paper. Literature reviews integrate previous studies that have been reported in the literature, while research proposals are empirical presentations prior to or during data collection and analyses. Final results should not be included in a research proposal. Last, a theoretical paper introduces a new way of thinking about a concept or issue and/or advances new ideas about how we understand psychological phenomena.
  • Applied Experiences - This presentation is for students who completed, or are completing, a learning experience such as an internship or volunteer work.

Presentation Formats
Empirical, Non-Empirical, and Applied Experiences presentations can be in any one of the following formats:

  • Poster
  • Paper (Oral)
  • Video

The American Psychological Association (APA) offers several excellent articles on preparing poster and paper (oral) presentations. This information can be found by clicking the following links:

Presentation Limits

  • You may be listed as an author (first or co-author) on an unlimited number of presentations
  • Students can be an author on more than one presentation format; i.e., if you are presenting a poster, you can also submit oral presentations. Students should keep in mind that they cannot make the same presentation in more than one format.
  • There is no limit on the number of presentations submitted from a particular institution, nor is there any limit on the number of papers sponsored by a faculty member.
  • Presenters who have graduated may still present as long as the work they are presenting was completed as an undergraduate, and they graduated no earlier than December2013.
  • Presenters do not have to be psychology majors.


  • We may not be able to honor requests to schedule oral and video presentations at a particular time. You should plan to be available for the entire conference.
  • A final program will be posted shortly before the start of the conference and all attendees will be emailed a virtual copy of the program.

Information about Poster Presentations

  • Poster presentations should be on a tri-fold project display board that is 48”W x 36”H, and must have the ability to stand by itself. Posters can be prepared directly on the tri-fold, or printed out on a poster of the same width and height. Tri-fold display boards will be available for your use at the conference.
  • Posters should communicate the main points of your research. Posters are a visual medium, so use large text and graphics easily readable from 3-feet away. We recommend using a font size of 24 points or greater. Do NOT simply print out your paper.
  • Poster presentation sessions will be one-hour in length, and you will need to remain with your poster during your scheduled session. Be prepared to answer questions about your poster and to offer a brief “walk through” explaining the essence of your research in 1-2 minutes.
  • Arrive at the room designated for poster presentations before the start of the first session so that you can set up your poster on the appropriate table.
  • Your poster will be evaluated and judged, and awards will be given for the best poster(s) in your session.

Information about Paper (Oral) Presentations

  • You will have 12 minutes to present followed by 3 minutes to answer questions. These time limits are strictly observed.
  • All presentation rooms will have a digital projector and a computer with PowerPoint and internet access. Save your presentation to more than one media (e.g., USB flash drive, email, Dropbox link). We suggest having a print out of your slides as a backup.
  • A moderator will be present to help set up your presentation, introduce you, and monitor your time. We suggest practicing your presentation so that you can make necessary edits and changes to adhere to your 12-minute time limit.
  • Arrive at the room for your session several minutes before the session starts, even if you are not the first presenter. This will give you the chance to get your presentation loaded on the computer.
  • Your presentation will be evaluated and judged, and awards will be given for the best presentation(s) in your session.

Information about Video Presentations
This year, presenters will again have the option to participate in the conference virtually by submitting their recorded presentation. We will upload your video and PowerPoint slides to YouTube and Photobucket* in order to post your presentation on Tumblr. Tumblr presentations will be password protected, and the password will only be provided to MUPC 2015 attendees. Skype will be used for attendees to ask questions and presenters to answer them.

  • Video presentations should be 12 minutes in length; this allows presenters 3 minutes for questions. Video presenters should be available during their 1-hour session in order to answer questions.
  • Log-in to Skype several minutes before your session is to begin and report to the moderator by sending an instant message through Skype.
  • Videos should be recorded digitally; they must be saved in one of the following formats: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, or WebM. These formats are compatible with YouTube. Video files should be saved to your Dropbox.
  • You will need to be able to make use of the following free software: Dropbox and Skype. Dropbox will be used to send us your video file, and Skype will be used for answering follow-up questions.
  • Please send your Video Presentation Materials to by including your 1) presentation video file’s “Dropbox link”, 2) attaching your PowerPoint slides, and 3) providing your Skype screen name. Wait for a confirmation email that we have received and downloaded your materials. This may take up to 24 hours depending on the time of day you sent them.
  • Your video will be evaluated and judged, and awards will be given for the best video(s) in your session.

*Please note, your PowerPoint slides will be uploaded to Photobucket. Photobucket is an image hosting site and does not support any animation applied to your presentation. Please keep this in mind before sending us your slides. Animated slides left unedited will not alter the ability to upload your slides, but may reduce readability as some animation may obscure text content.

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