May 3-4, 2023

The Psychology Department at the Mount is pleased to be hosting the 46th Annual Science Atlantic Psychology Undergraduate Student Research Conference!

Science Atlantic is a charitable association of 18 post-secondary and research institutes in Atlantic Canada. Each year, Science Atlantic hosts annual conferences for undergraduate students in 10 different fields, including biology, chemistry, mathematics & computer science, nutrition & foods, and others. The Psychology Student Conference occurs annually in May and is hosted by a different Institution in Atlantic Canada each year.

We expect over 100 students and faculty from around the region to attend this two-day conference. At the conference, students will present their current research projects, attend presentations by their peers, listen to keynote speakers, and interact with faculty and students from psychology departments across Atlantic Canada. Students are welcome to attend even if they do not have research to present. We look forward to seeing you.

Abstract Submission deadline is April 15. Registration deadline is April 22.

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Why attend?

  • This is a great opportunity for you to meet and network with other students, faculty, university leaders, and other professionals in psychology from across Atlantic Canada.
  • The connections that you make may result in future educational or employment opportunities.
  • You will learn about current and emerging trends in psychology through peer presentations, keynote speakers, and other conference activities.
  • If you are presenting, this is an opportunity for you to practice your communication skills.
  • Attending a conference looks great on your CV/resume.
  • It’s good fun! Regardless if you are presenting, travelling to a new place, visiting a new campus, meeting new people, and participating in social events are all part of the conference experience.


Take a look at some snapshots from past conferences.


Complete Conference Program is Available

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A print copy, excluding the abstracts, will be provided during conference registration.

Keynote Address

“The COVID Crisis: Realtime Lessons in Communication, Empowerment and Health Ownership”

Dr. Lisa Barrett

Photo of Dr. Lisa Barrett

Dr. Lisa Barrett is an Infectious Diseases Clinician Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a viral immunologist involved in COVID-19, hepatitis C, and HIV studies at the local, national and international level. Dr. Barrett’s current studies assess clinical and immunologic aspects of COVID-19 disease. Her research spans laboratory-based discovery science, clinical research, and implementation science in public health systems with an emphasis on pragmatic design. She is passionate about science communication, and is an invited communicator in many public and academic spaces.

Schedule-at-a Glance

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Wednesday, May 3rd

3:00 – 5:30 pm: Registration & Residence Check-in

Rosaria Terrace

Student and Faculty conference registration session. Delegates staying on campus may also check in at Westwood residence during this time.

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Science Atlantic Psychology Faculty Representatives Committee

Rosaria Boardroom (Room 312)

Annual meeting

6:30 – 9:30 pm: Student and Faculty Social/Meet & Greet

The Rook Campus Pub

Join us in the campus pub for some pre-conference fun. We will get to know each other over snacks and games – with prizes!!

Thursday, May 4th

7:30 – 8:45 am: Registration & Breakfast

Rosaria Dining Hall

8:45 – 9:00 am: Welcome Address

Rosaria MPR

Dr. Joël Dickinson, President and Vice-Chancellor

9:00 – 9:45 am: Keynote Presentation

Rosaria MPR

Dr. Lisa Barrett

9:45 – 11:00 am: Poster Presentation Session 1 & Nutrition Break

Rosaria MPR

11:00 – 12:15 pm: Oral Presentation Session 1

McCain 105, 106, 301, 302, 401

12:15 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

Rosaria Dining Hall

1:00 – 2:15 pm: Oral Presentation Session 2

McCain 105, 106, 301, 302, 401

2:15 – 3:30 pm: Poster Presentation Session 2 & Nutrition Break

Rosaria MPR

3:30 – 4:15 pm: Spotlight on Clinical Psychology: A Panel Discussion

Rosaria MPR

Join Dr. Conor Barker (School Psychologist), Dr. Etta Broderson (Forensic Psychologist), and Dr. Will Shead (Clinical Psychologist) for a discussion about what it’s really like to be a clinican and how research informs their practice.

More information about our panelists

4:15 – 5:15 pm: Faculty Representatives Meeting

Rosaria Boardroom (Room 312)

4:15 – 6:30 pm: Student Break

6:30 – 9:30 pm: Banquet & Awards Dinner

Rosaria MPR

The celebration banquet dinner and awards ceremony!

Abstract Submissions & Conference Registration

Abstract Deadline: April 15th; Registration Deadline: April 22nd

Registration Fees:
Students: $50.00     Faculty: $90.00

Click here to submit your abstract and/or to register for the conference.


Are you a Mount student presenting at the conference? Apply for the Student Opportunity Fund to help cover expenses associated with attending the conference.

Science Atlantic Presentation Guidelines

Oral Presentations:

Oral presentations are limited to 7 minutes, plus 2 minutes for questions and 1 minute for speaker transition. Students may use PowerPoint or a similar program for their presentations.

Poster Presentations:

Maximum size for posters is 4 feet x 6 feet. The presenter stands by their poster to answer questions and discuss their project. Audience members circulate from poster to poster talking with the student researchers.

Tips for presenting at a conference (both oral and poster presentations) from Science Atlantic.

Science Atlantic Student Awards

The Science Communication Award is offered at each of the annual Science Atlantic sponsored student conferences. The prize is awarded to the student who is best able to communicate a science topic to his or her peers. The award consists of a letter of commendation, a cash prize, and the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Atlantic Student Research Journal (ASJR) team to write and publish an article about the winner’s research.

The Undergraduate Research Award (formerly called the NSERC Representatives’ Undergraduate Student Award, 2004-2012) is presented to the student who gives the best research presentation. The criteria considered are the abstract, presentation, scientific merit, overall knowledge and response to questions, and demonstrated potential to pursue graduate studies and research.

The Karen Nicholson Award in Neuropsychology (first presented in 2008) is presented for the best Neuropsychology undergraduate presentation (oral or poster) at the Science Atlantic Psychology Conference. Preference will be given to presentations dealing with human neuropsychology.

Rooms in our Westwood residence are available for rent for faculty and student conference participants wishing to stay on campus.

For room rates and to make reservations, visit the Mount’s University Accommodations page.

View or download the campus map

Download the map including accessibility information.

Find your way between the two conference buildings

How to navigate between Rosaria Student Centre & McCain Centre

Sponsors & Supporters

Gold Level

Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia

True North Psychological Services


Silver Level

MSVU Student UnionCanadian Psychological Association

Canadian Society for Brain and Behavioural Science


Bronze Level


MLA Patricia Arab