May 9-10, 2024

Science Atlantic Psychology Undergraduate Student Research Conference 2024

Abstract submission and online registration are now closed!


The organizing committee welcomes you to our Science Atlantic - Psychology undergraduate research conference 2024 website! You will find information about the event and the conference schedule here. Abstract Submission has now closed. Registration is open until May 3, 2024.

Conference Organizers

Dr. Meg Ternes, Psychology Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Patrick Carolan, Psychology Conference Co-Chair

Rebecca Bartley, Student Volunteer Organizer

Ethan Kavanagh-Day, Student Volunteer Organizer

Mikayla Hanlon, Student Volunteer Organizer

Keynote Speaker: Judge Laurie Halfpenny MacQuarrie

In her keynote address, Judge Halfpenny MacQuarrie will describe the development and accomplishments of the Indigenous Healing to Wellness and Gladue Court in Wagmatcook, Cape Breton. Judge Halfpenny MacQuarrie was instrumental in establishing this court in 2018 and has been the driving force keeping it running ever since.

Panel discussion: Careers in Psychology

Join our panel of professionals to get the inside scoop on careers in psychology and related fields. You’ll hear about a “day-in-the-life” of clinical psychology, as well a career paths for undergraduate and graduate psychology students who do not pursue a clinical degree! Be ready to ask questions. See the PDF conference program, or the interactive conference schedule page for more information about our panelists.

Presentation Information and guidelines

Oral presentations

Oral presentations are 7 minutes long, and will be followed by 2 minutes for questions. Oral presenters should bring their presentation file on a flash drive (do not assume that you will be able to download it from the internet that day) and will be asked to load their presentation files (.pptx) to the podium computer at the beginning of their scheduled session. All presenters are required to use the podium computer (i.e., you will not be able to use your own Laptop), baring exceptional circumstances or prior established accommodations.

Poster presentations

Posters should be maximum 36" high x 48” wide (landscape orientation). For readability you are encouraged to use a minimum 24 point font size. All poster presenters must bring their own printed (hard copy) research poster with them to the conference. We are not holding electronic poster sessions or printing posters.

Conference Program

A downloadable/printable PDF copy of our conference program. The program includes brief and detailed versions of the schedule (i.e., presentation titles and times) as well as information for connecting to campus guest wifi. A limited number of paper copies will also be available on Thursday and Friday.

On-campus accommodations

Conference attendees can find on-campus accommodations at the SMU residence buildings. At the moment, to book a room you must contact conference services directly by phone or email using the information found by clicking here. Conference services has been asked to hold a block spaces for this conference.

Information on rooms, rates, and availability can be found by clicking here to go to the SMU Conference Services Website. Please be aware that the page includes a large "Book Now" link that will take you to, however vacancies for May 9 and 10 will not be available on that site until the first week of May.

Campus Ariel Photo, Stadium, Track

Gold Sponsors

  • Saint Mary's University
  • Saint Mary's University Faculty of Science

Silver sponsors

  • McGraw Hill
  • Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS)
  • Wholetherapy

Bronze sponsors

  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS/SCSCCC))
  • Cengage
  • CRUX Psychology
  • MP Andy Fillmore
  • MP Darrell Samson


Saint Mary's University

923, Robie Street Halifax, NS Canada, B3H 1G3

Registration period

May 10, 2024 - 7:30 AM until May 10, 2024 - 12:00 PM

Submission period

March 29, 2024 - 5:00 PM until April 24, 2024 - 11:59 PM

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