Psychology: Professional Conference

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Spring 2018 quarter

Taught by

cognitive psychology

This course involves travel to the annual convention of the Western Psychological Association (WPA). The convention attracts 3000+ students and professionals of psychology. It showcases the range of activities and topics that psychology offers, and highlights cutting edge research in all areas of psychology. Many events are specifically geared towards helping students network, and to learn what is needed to succeed in a career in psychology. The convention features invited lectures by notable psychologists, poster sessions of current research by students and professionals in broadly based disciplines within psychology, and psychology-related films in the Film Festival held during the Convention.

Requirements for the course are attending a planning meeting prior to travel, attending a minimum of 20 hours of presentations during the four days of the convention, and writing a short paper about your convention activities upon your return from the convention.

This year’s convention will be held in Portland, Oregon from April 26-29, 2018, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. Convention activities start at 8 am on Thursday April 26 and end at noon on Sunday April 29. To take advantage of all the special events, students need to arrive in Portland on Wednesday April 25 (anytime) and stay until Sunday afternoon.

Students who are taking So You Want to be a Psychologist or Research Capstone in Psychology should not register for this course.

Program Details

Fields of Study


Preparatory For

psychology, education, and social work


Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

The planning meeting will held early in Spring quarter.

Convention activities start at 8 am on Thursday April 26 and end at noon on Sunday April 29. Please plan to arrive in Portland on Wednesday, April 25, anytime, and to leave after noon on Sunday, April 29.

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


Approximately $274-$473 for travel to attend the WPA annual convention (exact amount depends on the type of accommodations students require). This includes WPA membership/registration fees and four nights hotel at the convention site. Transportation and food are additional and at student's own expense. (It may be possible to arrive in Portland early (before 9 am) on the first day of the convention, and thus stay in the hotel for just 3 nights. This will reduce the price of the student fee by $50-$100, depending on the number of people sharing the room.)

May be offered again in

Spring 2019 (the convention location will be in Pasadena, California then)