Baker University Welcomes You to the PERK Conference

Baker University is pleased to welcome you to the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas Conference.

PERK’s mission is to promote, improve, and disseminate psychological and education research; to encourage collaboration between faculty and students; and to enhance collegiality among college faculty and students in Kansas and other Midwestern states.

Paper and poster submissions are encouraged from undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, education, and related fields. Submissions may fall into one of these categories: empirical (research completed) or nonempirical (theoretical literature review). Students are also encouraged to enter the paper competition. Multiple submissions are welcome.


Poster Presentation Guidelines

Posters should be 36″ x 48″ (landscape only) and use a minimum of 28-point font.

Oral Presentation Guidelines

Presentations should be 15 minutes total: 12 minutes for the presentation and 3 minutes for questions.

It is recommended that you email a copy of your presentation to yourself and also save a copy on an external drive.

Note: The room moderator will introduce, including name and university affiliation, each speaker, and time cards will be used to inform the speaker of how much time remains. Each oral presentation will start at the scheduled time and a 5-minute transition period will occur between each talk.


PERK will award $75 for the best manuscript in each of three categories (one award per category). For papers with multiple authors, only the first author should submit the paper. If a winning paper has multiple authors, the award check will be made out to the first author. The categories are as follows:

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Empirical Paper
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Theoretical/Literature Review Paper
  • Outstanding Graduate Empirical Paper

Students must register for the conference and for the paper competition online before emailing their papers. Registration includes student membership. Students must also include the name and email address of the faculty member who reviewed and approved the paper prior to submission.

Manuscripts MUST be written in APA format (6th edition) and saved as a Word document or as a PDF (.doc, .rtf, .docx, or .pdf format). All identifying information, such as author(s) names or name of institution must be removed from the manuscript before submitting.

Failure to follow these directions could disqualify you from the competition.

How to Submit Your Paper

To submit the manuscript, email your paper to the PERK president by the submission deadline of 11:59 p.m. on October 18, 2019.

The subject heading of your email MUST include the first author’s full name, institution enrolled, status (graduate or undergraduate),  and category (empirical or non-empirical). For example, Stephen Davis, Emporia State University, graduate, empirical

The body of the email MUST include the following:

  • A statement that by submitting the paper for competition, you have also registered for the PERK conference and are committed to presenting your paper as either an oral presentation or poster.
  • The name and email address of the faculty member who has reviewed and approved your paper submission.

Finally, DON’T FORGET to register for PERK and for the paper competition online.

Failing to follow these directions can delay or disqualify your entry.

Take a sneak peek at the PERK Awards Judging Forms for Empirical and Non-Empirical Manuscripts.

pdf Empirical Paper Rubric

pdf Non-Empirical Paper Rubric


Student: $25 includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
($30 on-site registration)

Faculty: $30 includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch
($40 on-site registration)

Important Dates

Notification of acceptance: October 25

Preregistration closes: October 25

Friday Keynote Speaker

Molly Ireland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Texas Tech University

The role of language in social processes underlying mental and physical health

Language is the delivery system through which social processes influence mental and physical health. This talk will summarize a few separate but intertwined lines of research linking individual and dyadic language variables, including pronoun use and language style matching, with various aspects of well-being, such as depression symptoms and relationship stability. The findings will illustrate the importance and complexities of analyzing everyday language use in psychology. 



Saturday Keynote Speaker

Kathryn Holland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Compelled Disclosure of Sexual Assault in Higher Education

What happens when a student tells a university employee that they have experienced sexual assault? In many institutions, the employee would be required to report the assault to university officials—such as the Title IX Office—even if the student did not want to make a report. These “mandatory reporting” policies that compel sexual assault disclosures have been shaped by federal mandates and guidelines, state laws, and institutional decisions. This talk will outline the landscape of mandatory reporting policies in higher education, the assumptions driving these policies, and empirical evidence from several recent studies examining the potential effects of these policies on sexual assault survivors, employees, and campus communities.  

Friday, Nov. 1 | Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center

3 p.m. | Registration opens

3:30 p.m. | Poster session and refreshments

4:30 p.m. | How to Be a Rockstar in Psychology | PERK business meeting

5:30 p.m. | Keynote Address, Molly Ireland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Texas Tech University

6:30 p.m. | Dinner, Pink Bottom BBQ, vegetarian and vegan options available

Hotel Block

Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 3411 Iowa Street, Lawrence, KS 66046 | (785) 749-7555
Approximately 5-minute drive from the Baker Wetlands

Contact the hotel directly at 785.749.7555 and request to reserve a room under the PERK Group block before the cutoff date of October 1, 2019. Rooms are $119 for the night.

Holiday Inn Website

Baker University Wetlands

Discovery Center
1365 N. 1250 Rd, Lawrence, KS 66046

Saturday, Nov. 2 | Baker University College of Arts and Sciences

PERK events will be held in the Long Student Center and Boyd Science Center.

pdf Download a campus map.

7:30 a.m. | Registration, Long Student Center

8 a.m. | Concurrent sessions begin, Boyd Science Center

10 a.m. | Roundtables with Keynote Speakers, Boyd Science Center

10:45 a.m. | Poster session, Boyd Science Center

Noon | Presentation, Rice Auditorium: Kathryn Holland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

1 p.m. | Lunch and awards presentation, Long Student Center, vegetarian and vegan options available.

Baldwin City Campus

618 E. Eighth Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006

Approximately 20-minute drive from Holiday Inn in south Lawrence


Dr. Sara Crump
PERK President


Dr. Robyn Long
PERK Treasurer

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