Student Research Fair Applications

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, all of our events
are being held online through Zoom.

Our Student Research Fair aims to celebrate undergraduate research in the field of psychology.

Applications for the 2021-2022 year are closed.
The deadline for applications was February 18th, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Applicants will receive decision emails by March 6th, 2022.

Benefits of Applying

Presenting at an academic conference has numerous benefits, including gaining valuable research-related experience, and developing relevant professional skills.

1. Gain conference participation experience, which is considered an asset for research-intensive jobs and graduate programs.

2. Gain communication and presentation skills by designing and presenting engaging academic posters and/or presentations.

3. Practice translating technical research findings to be accessible, relevant, and engaging to a diverse audience.

4. Learn about the work of your peers and exchange new ideas as part of an undergraduate community.

5. Stay updated on the latest research in the mental health field and how it translates to the real world.

6. Get a chance to win prizes celebrating excellence in student research.

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Eligibility & Selection Criteria


IMPORTANT: Projects must have been completed as part of an undergraduate course.
In-progress projects may also be submitted, provided they will be completed by the end of the Winter 2022 term.

The types of projects that you can submit for our poster fair are as follows:

1. Honours Theses/Empirical Research Studies

An empirical study seeks to answer specific research questions following the scientific method. Empirical studies typically follow a specific structure with introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections. Usually, the process of conducting a study involves collecting data, analyzing the data, and authoring a written report. Secondary analysis projects are also eligible.

You may have completed an empirical study in one of the following courses or similar courses: Honours Thesis (PSYC 4000; KINE 4100 series), Specialized Honours Thesis (PSYC 4001), Independent Study/Individualized Research Project (PSYC 3900/4900 series; KINE 4060 series; IHST 4000), Practicums (PSYC 4260; IHST 4300), a Capstone Course (PSYC 4180; IHST 4400; C4) or a Directed Reading (NURS 3800/4800). 

2. Review Papers (literature reviews, systematic reviews & meta-analyses)

A review paper is a research paper that summarizes and evaluates the recent progress made in the existing scientific literature on a particular topic. A literature review looks at part of the research on a topic, while a systematic review typically includes all available research on a topic.

You may have completed a review paper in one of the following courses or similar courses: Honours Thesis (PSYC 4000; KINE 4100 series), Specialized Honours Thesis (PSYC 4001), Independent Study/Individualized Research Project (PSYC 3900/4900 series; KINE 4060 series; IHST 4000), Practicums (PSYC 4260; IHST 4300), a Capstone Course (PSYC 4180; IHST 4400; C4) or a Directed Reading (NURS 3800/4800). 

3. Research-Informed Essay-Style Projects

A research assignment or essay-style paper is a research-focused, objective paper that has a clear thesis statement, offers evidence-based arguments and comprehensive citations. At least 5 citations must be included in the paper for it to be eligible. 

You may have completed a research-based essay in many undergraduate courses. However, a few examples of courses that may assign these types of projects include: Writing in Psychology (PSYC 2010), Intermediate Research Methods (PSYC 3010), or Intermediate Experimental Psychology (PSYC 3525).  

Don’t see your course on the list? Unsure if your project is eligible? Feel free to contact us here or send an email to

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Please review this information carefully.

  • You must be enrolled as a current undergraduate student at a university in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA; i.e., York University, Ryerson University, or University of Toronto).
  • York University students: students enrolled in any undergraduate program across all faculties and departments are eligible.
  • Ryerson University and University of Toronto students: students enrolled in any undergraduate program across all faculties and departments are eligible.
  • The research must have been carried out for the purposes of an undergraduate course (e.g., class assignment, independent study or individual research project, honours thesis or undergraduate capstone project).
  • The project must have been completed between 2018-2022. An in-progress projects may also be submitted, provided it will be completed by the end of the Winter 2022 term.
  • Group projects are eligible. However, all group members must consent to the submission of the project. Only one group member needs to apply, but all members’ names should be listed on the submission. Multiple group members cannot submit the same project but can make a joint submission. To do, please list multiple names on the submission form.
  • If the project was completed either in collaboration with or under the supervision of faculty members or graduate students, you must obtain their permission to submit the project. Additionally, you must credit them in both your submission and the final poster/presentation if accepted.
  • Research projects on any psychology-related topic are eligible. However, please be advised that submissions that are more closely in line with our theme, Student Mental Health & Wellbeing, may be given priority. For more information, see Selection Criteria below.
  • You can only submit one application and only one project (for each annual conference).
  • IMPORTANT: In order to present at the Poster Fair, selected applicants will either need to submit a poster, a brief recorded audio presentation, or both. For more information, see Application Process.
  • IMPORTANT: You are not required to be available at a specific time in order to present at the Virtual Student Research Fair. Posters and talks will be submitted prior to the Conference and then uploaded for viewing during the Conference.

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All submissions will be anonymized by a Luminate Leadership Team Member who is not affiliated with the screening process. Next, the anonymized submissions will be screened by a student panel using a specific set of selection criteria. To increase your chances of having your submission accepted, please review the criteria below to help you understand what we are looking for in an application.

Interest & Broad Appeal – how intriguing and engaging the topic and content of the project is, and how appealing it would be to a diverse audience. 

Alignment with Conference Theme – how closely the study topic fits with the theme of “Student Mental Health and Wellbeing”. This includes research that focuses on students, youth, young adults; mental health; positive psychology; topics relevant to students (e.g., learning and memory, emotion and interpersonal relationships, transition to university, social media, etc.) Special consideration will also be given to COVID-19 related research. 

Organization & Writing – whether the writing is clear, well organized, without grammatical errors, and uses non-technical language appropriate for a diverse audience.

Research Significance in a Broader Context – how important the research is in society and the real-world applications of the findings.  

Content Quality – whether the author engages in critical thinking, makes well-thought-out arguments, establishes connections between concepts, uses sound and valid methodologies to investigate their research question (if applicable), and adequately identifies the limitations of their work.   

Credible Sources – whether all sources used are from peer-reviewed academic journals, suitable for the nature of the research, support claims made, and cited in proper APA (7th edition).    

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