Mission Statement

The Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference (WPUPC) is dedicated to providing students opportunities to present research in a supportive, academic environment.  This conference allows students to grow as individuals, students, and psychologists while regional institutions maintain strong academic relations.

2020 Conference Information

The 48th annual conference will be held at Edinboro University, in Edinboro, PA on April 25, 2020. The conference will open in the morning, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., and conclude in the early afternoon by no later than 2:30 p.m. We strive to keep the conference affordable; this year, the fee will be $15 or less per attendee, which will include continental breakfast, lunch, and a keynote speaker. Further, information and the call of submission can be accessed at this link

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Sara Jane Ward.  Dr. Ward is an assistant professor in the Center for Substance Abuse Research and Department of Pharmacology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and will be presenting on her research in behavioral pharmacology. Dr. Ward earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Connecticut. She then obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and then completed postdoctoral fellowships at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Temple University. Her research focuses on the behavioral pharmacological effects of the cannabinoid, serotonin, and opioid receptor systems on neuropathic pain and neuroprotection, learning and memory, and addiction. Dr. Ward is currently working on projects examining the therapeutic potential of non-psychoactive cannabinoids using animal models of central nervous system injury and disease. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense.

We are excited that Dr. Ward will be giving this year’s WPUPC keynote address.This year’s meeting is sure to be exciting and engaging for all presenters and attendees. The call for submissions will begin on Monday, March 16, 2020, with the deadline for submission of 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 17.  Student researchers can elect to present their research via poster or in an oral presentation session. Abstract submissions can be made at the host website.  We encourage every student to submit an abstract and look forward to strong presentations in the spring!

Brief History

The first Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychological Conference (WPUPC) was held at Alliance College in 1973 and was comprised of six institutions. Since that first meeting, we have grown to include 12 member institutions. More importantly, thousands of students have presented at WPUPC before graduating and making an impact on their chosen field.

Sustaining Success: 40 Years of the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference

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