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 10-minute presentations.

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

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

SPARC 2020

April 16, 2020
9:30 am - 6 pm
Melson Hall

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 10-minute presentations.  It is a wonderful way for psychology students to present and get feedback in a supportive and collaborative environment.  It is a great addition to your résumé, and 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.

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 10 minute presentations.
 
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.
 
How do I enter a Submission?
Simply fill out the form located on the Submissions page.
 
Can I submit multiple items?
Yes, 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 that all of your submissions will be scheduled due to time restrictions. Please see the  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?
You will not miss  psychology classes.  All afternoon classes in the psychology department will be canceled for the conference.
 
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 a vita/resume.
 
Undergraduate Students
SPARC is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate students to share their work (completed or still in progress) with others in the psychology department,
and it enhance a resume when it comes to internships, practicum, or graduate school.