Western Canadian Conference on Undergraduate Research & Psychology (CURP)

Psychology Conference

Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location TBA |  8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission is free

The Psychology Department at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus presents the Western Canadian Conference on Undergraduate Research & Psychology (CURP). The conference offers unique posters by undergraduate researchers from all over British Columbia and Alberta, a captivating keynote speaker, Dr. Tareq Yousef, and various networking opportunities.

UBC Okanagan is located in beautiful Kelowna, BC. Often referred to as Canada’s “Napa Valley,” the Okanagan Valley is an area cradled within a gorgeous range of mountains and a sanctuary filled with pristine lakes, pine forests, abundant gardens, orchards, vineyards, sandy beaches and superb amenities. The glorious Okanagan Lake stretches from north to south for approximately 135 km (84 miles). Plan on taking in a wine tour, some shopping downtown, a bike ride along the waterfront or even a splash in the lake! September is the perfect time to visit this gem of Western Canada.

Abstract Submission

Student psychology researchers from Western Canada are invited to submit their 300-word abstracts for posters.

Deadline: Monday, May 25, 2023


Accepted students will receive notification by Friday, June 23, 2023.

Acknowledgments to Joe Camilleri & Kelly Smith for the creation of this document for the CPA Annual Meeting

The following are guidelines and tips for preparing an abstract for submission to the UBCO Undergraduate Research & Psychology Conference 2023. Note that these are only guidelines! Not every abstract will include all components or follow this structure. Another tip – make sure to check the word limit for abstracts and stay within this limit!

Submitting an abstract for CURP and then presenting at the conference is a great experience for trainees of all levels. We hope you find the following information helpful in navigating the abstract submission and conference presentation process!

Abstracts should:

  • Begin with a topic sentence to introduce the problem or hypothesis you are investigating.
  • Include 1-2 sentences that typically discuss previous research in this area and justify your study or investigation.
  • State the purpose of your study and what you expected to find.
  • Include 1-2 sentences outlining your methodology (e.g., sample, procedure, questionnaires administered)
  • Include 2-3 sentences outlining your results. Provide the findings that help answer the question you posed previously in the abstract.
  • Include 1-2 sentences on the conclusions of your study and the implication of your findings. If space is limited, you can instead refer to the fact that implications and future directions will be discussed.

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The following are guidelines for what to do and expect when conducting a poster presentation at CURP.

  • Make sure you attend to your poster. Do not leave during the session.
  • Give people time to read your poster. However, people will often ask you to summarize your poster for them.
  • Having handouts of your poster is a good idea! Include your contact information on the handout.
  • Make sure your poster is up at the designated time. Often conferences will have designated times during which posters are to be mounted.
  • Double-check the location and number of your poster and put in the right spot!
  • Check the conference guidelines about how to attach your poster. Ensure you bring materials (e.g. thumbtacks) as the conference does not provide such materials.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tareq Yousef
Department of Psychology

Neuroanatomy; retinal neuromodulation; student performance; equity in academia

Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Data Analysis, Learning, Equity in Research and Clinical Practice

PhD, Dalhousie University

Tareq Yousef


The conference will offer a Welcoming by Syilx Elders, introductions by our Dean and our Department Head, a keynote speaker talk, poster presentations, and prizes.


Prizes for Best Poster and Honourable Mention.


Questions can be directed to psyo.conf@ubc.ca.