The Department schedules a poster/paper session for Comps students during Spring term, and for other students who would like to present independent work in poster or oral form at the end of the year. Comps students must present their work either here or at MUPC (see next entry). The poster session is advertised widely to Carleton and St. Olaf Psychology Departments, and the panel of psychologists who determine distinction on Comps are invited to attend. The session gives students a chance to share and discuss their independent work at Carleton with their peers , with faculty, and with peers and faculty from St. Olaf. We encourage students to participate either by viewing and discussing posters, or by making one and answering questions posed by viewers.
Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC)
The annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC) is held in late April or early May at a college in the state. Carleton sponsored this Conference in 1991, 1999, 2011and 2018. Approximately 20 colleges from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and North Dakota participate. This conference offers an opportunity for undergraduates in psychology to present papers or poster projects, to learn about what students and faculty in other Departments are doing, and to hear a talk by a well-known psychologist. Carleton students have regularly participated in MUPC and have found it to be rewarding and enjoyable. We encourage all majors, particularly seniors, to present their work at the MUPC.
The annual MidBrains conference is held in the Fall at a college in the state. Its inaugural meeting was April 2007 at Macalester College in St Paul, MN. The conference focuses on undergraduate neuroscience presentations. Along with student posters and presentations, there is a keynote speaker from the Midwest, faculty and graduate student presentations and recruiters from regional graduate programs in neuroscience. Undergraduates from the Midwest, including MN, WI, and IA have participated.
There are also a host of other fairly local science conferences that feature psychological presentations, including the Minnesota Academy of Sciences (often in St. Paul), and the Red River Valley Conference, typically in Winona.
Wisconsin Undergraduate Psychology Conference (WUPC)
There is also an annual Wisconsin Undergraduate Psychology Conference (WUPC), also held in late April each year, usually at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Students submit papers to review panels, and receive written feedback from graduate student reviewers. The conference is sponsored by Psi Chi, and awards are given to the best papers. Julie Neiworth and Clark Ohnesorge have attended this conference with students in the past, and can provide details to interested students. Tours of the graduate labs, including the monkey facilities, are available during the conference.
Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium
Students who have completed research/creative works on or off-campus or as a part of a course as well as students who may be interested in completing research projects in the future can participate. Over 200 student research projects from a variety of disciplines will be presented during the conference. The conference is held in early November at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. More information available at the Seven Rivers Symposim website.
Students sometimes attend a major professional conference in psychology such as the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in November, the Psychonomic Society, in November, the Society for Research on Child Development, in late March or early April, the American Psychological Association, held at the end of the summer, the American Psychological Society, held in mid-June, and the National Council on Undergraduate Research Conference, held in June. The Midwest Psychological Association also meets annually in May in Chicago.
If you have the means to attend one of these, going to a conference offers an excellent opportunity to hear and to meet well-known professional researchers in your field of interest. This is a particularly good strategy if you are thinking of going to graduate school, and would like to meet people with whom you might like to work.
Psychology Department Student Travel
The psychology department has limited funds available to help support student travel to regional and national psychology research conferences to present co-authored research conducted with a Carleton psychology department faculty member.
These funds (generally up to $500) can be used by students to cover the following expenses:
- airfare (least expensive fare)
- shared accommodation (inexpensive hotel or AirBnB; generally not official conference hotel accommodation)
- conference fees (registration, etc)
Additional funding is available to students that can demonstrate financial need (e.g., due to high conference fees or due to inability to cover additional expenses).
Students are expected to apply for other Carleton College conference travel funding, including: