SPARC

SPARC is an annual psychology research conference and community event designed to facilitate personal and professional enrichment as both undergraduate and graduate psychology students share their reflections and research ideas in a 10-minute presentation.

An in-depth article about SPARC was published in the Perspectives magazine for UWG friends and alumni, which you can read here .

All undergraduate and graduate psychology at UWG students are invited to submit their proposals and attend the annual conference.

SPARC 2019

The event has concluded for this year. Stay tuned for information regarding next year's SPARC conference!

Do YOU have a research idea, a paper from last semester, or one that is currently in progress that you would enjoy sharing?  Don’t miss YOUR opportunity to participate in one of the largest student psychology conferences in the Southeast!

The Student Psychology Annual Research Conference ( SPARC) is a research conference designed to facilitate personal and professional enrichment as both undergraduate and graduate students share their papers and projects in a 10-minute presentation.  It is a wonderful way for undergraduate and graduate students alike to present and get feedback in a supportive and collaborative environment, is a great addition to your résumé, and is truly one of the department’s most celebratory and communal events of the school year!

This academic year, SPARC will be held on April 16, 2020.  Keep an eye out for submission requests this upcoming spring semester, and in the meantime feel free to check out the FAQ’s or example submissions on our SPARC website homepage at http://www.uwgsparc.com/home.  You can volunteer, present, or do both! If you have questions or concerns about either, you can reach out to Dr. David Mitchell at davidm@westga.edu or to Dr. Lisa Osbeck at losbeck@westga.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions and Additional Information

What is SPARC?
SPARC is the Student Psychology Annual Research Conference, hosted annually by the University of West Georgia's Psychology department.
It is a research conference designed to facilitate personal and professional enrichment as both undergraduate and graduate students share their papers and projects in a 10 min presentation.
 
Who can participate in SPARC?
Any UWG student can participate in this conference. All they need is a faculty sponsor and to have submitted their work by the submission deadline.
 
Graduate Students
This conference is an excellent opportunity for our graduate students. Not only is SPARC a wonderful opportunity for students to share their work
(completed or still in progress) with others in the psychology department, but it is a professional presentation that can be listed on your vita/resume.
 
Undergraduate Students
SPARC is also a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students to share their work (completed or still in progress) with others in the psychology department,
and it enhance your resume when it comes to internships, practicum, or graduate school.
 
How do I enter a Submission?
Submissions are currently being handled through the Submissions page. Simply fill out the form located on the submissions page.
 
Can I submit multiple items?
Yes you can. You can submit up to 2 topics including group presentations. Please rank your individual submissions with an order of importance because space may be limited and we cannot guarantee all of your submissions will be scheduled due to time restrictions. Please see submissions page for guideline for submitting multiple presentations.

 

All presentations will be 10 minutes in length plus 5 minutes for questions. Group presenters will need to divide the 10 minutes between all group members as you see fit.

 

Will I need to miss class to participate?
If you are scheduled to attend psychology classes that day, then no, you will not. All afternoon classes in the psychology department will be canceled for the conference.