Psychology

SPARK@Ship competitors and participants in the Psychology discipline will have a robust experience on the campus of Shippensburg University and will engage in a social psychology study; explore case studies in human development; observe the animal learning laboratory; discuss Ship's many “hands-on” internship opportunities; and be part of meaningful discussions with faculty and current Ship students.

SPARK@Ship and its many activities are open to all students interested in Psychology; you need not compete by presenting a research proposal to attend. Space is limited to a total of 60 students, plus guests. Lunch will be provided to all registrants. There is no fee to register.

Eligibility

To be eligible as a student competitor, you must:

  • Be enrolled in or have completed AP Psychology
  • Be a Junior or Senior high school student or home school equivalent
  • Complete the project individually (no group projects)
  • Submit one proposal by the deadline of October 7, 2022
  • Appear on campus to present on October 19, 2022

To be eligible as a student participant, you must:

  • Be enrolled in or have completed AP Psychology
  • Be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior high school student or home school equivalent

To attend the event, you must:

  • Be a parent, guardian, or caregiver of a registered student
  • Be a school counselor

Project Details

Competitors must submit a written research proposal by October 7, 2022, and come to campus to conduct an oral presentation and defense on October 19, 2022 to be eligible for awards.

The paper will follow a modified APA-style format to include most current APA style formatting with only the following sections:  title page, introduction, methods, variable identification, and references. 

Papers must be between 1,250 – 2,000 words (words on the title page, reference page, and appendix do NOT count toward the total word count)

Papers with evidence of plagiarism will be eliminated.

Submission Process

  • Registration and submission forms now available. Check your email for submission information after registering.
  • October 7, 2022: Deadline for all registrations and submissions.

Presentation

You will have three (3) minutes to present your research paper. This is an oral presentation without support of PowerPoint or other multimedia.

A select group of university professors, graduate students, and undergraduate psychology majors will be present. They will have 5 minutes to ask questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

Judging Criteria

Competitors will be scored on a scale of 100 based upon the below criteria.

  • Presentations will be judged by a panel of two faculty members and two students.

Research Paper 75 points total:

  • APA style formatting (e.g., spacing, headings, in-text citations, etc.): 15 points
  • Introduction (literature review, why important, hypothesis(es)): 20points
  • Methods (participants, stimuli/instruments, design/procedure): 20 points
  • Variable Identification: specify and operationalize IV(s) and DV(s): 10 points
  • References (APA style): 10 points

Presentation 25 points total:

Judged by a panel of two faculty members and two students.

  • Presentation and oral defense