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Ramapo College Psychology Student Symposium 2021

The annual Psychology Student Symposium is an opportunity for students and faculty to showcase their collaborative scholarship and research efforts. Students can present work from an Independent Study, scholarship from any Psychology class, a literature review, research project proposal, or Fieldwork experience. Students have the choice of giving a poster or oral presentation. Past presentation topics include students’ attitudes towards law enforcement, hippocampal excitatory neurotransmission in rats, children’s ability to solve different problems, and much more.

NOTE: A virtual symposium was held on Friday, May 22, 2020 due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Posters and talks are available for viewing at

Submission Criteria:

  1. Each submission must be a piece of scholarship, such as an independent study, a research project completed in any psychology class, a literature review or research project proposal, or fieldwork experience.
  2. The work must contain critical analysis.  The student must show some original thinking about the subject matter.
  3. The scholarship must be completed by the date of submission, except in the case of a graduating senior working on an independent research project (in which case the student can present a proposal and/or preliminary findings if the project is not yet complete). Note: the poster or presentation itself does not have to be complete by the date of submission.
  4. A  faculty member must agree to supervise the student as she or he prepares for the presentation or poster.

The symposium organizing committee requires an abstract be submitted before the event so that the presentation may be approved in advance.  Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.

To submit an abstract please click here:

Submissions portal will open on December 14, 2020.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm Friday, April 16, 2021. 

If your presentation is accepted you are expected to submit the final version by May 15, 2020 so it can be uploaded to the virtual symposium website.

If accepted, please arrange all presentations using PowerPoint or download them as PowerPoint (.pptx) files. There will be a time limit for oral presentations (approximately 10-15 minutes, details and exact limit will be emailed).

If you have any further questions please contact either:

Symposium Committee:

  • Robert Becklen, Ph.D.
  • Jacqueline Braun, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Cataliotti, Ph.D.
  • Shaziela Ishak, Ph.D.
  • James Morley, Ph.D.
  • Lysandra Perez-Strumolo, Ph.D.
  • Christian Reich, Ph.D.
  • Leah Warner, Ph.D.

Ramapo College Psychology students presenting their research at the Psychology Student Research Symposium.