Western Canadian Conference on Undergraduate Research & Psychology (CURP)

Psychology Conference

Friday, September 16, 2022  |  4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 17, 2022  |  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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. Lauren Human, 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.

Lauren HumanKeynote Speaker

Dr. Lauren Human
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology


Dr. Lauren Human is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Principal’s Research Chair at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), where she directs the Social Interaction and Perception Lab. Dr. Human completed her PhD in social and personality psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in social and health psychology at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to coming to UBCO, Dr. Human was faculty at McGill University.




PhD, University of British Columbia


How does the way we see and are seen by others relate to our psychological and social well-being? Our lab examines the causes and consequences of accurate and biased interpersonal impressions, with a focus on the role of well-being. We examine a range of social contexts, from first impressions to close relationships, and take a multi-method approach, integrating lab-based experimental studies and real-world naturalistic designs.

Abstract Submission

Student psychology researchers from Alberta and British Columbia are invited to submit their 250-word abstracts for posters. The deadline is Sunday, May 15, 2022, and those that are accepted will receive notification by Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Submit Abstract

(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 Conference 2022. Note that these are only guidelines! Not every abstract will include all components or follow this structure. Another tip – check the word limit for abstracts and stay within this limit!

Submitting an abstract for CURP and then presenting it at the conference is an excellent 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.

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 it in the right spot!
  • Check the conference guidelines about how to attach your poster. Make sure you bring materials (e.g. thumbtacks) if the conference is not providing such materials.


  • Best Poster: $100
  • Honourable Mention: $50
  • Five Door Prizes: $25 each

More Information

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

We are planning this as an in-person event but this is subject to the current COVID-19 restrictions.