29TH Annual Tri-State
Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Rockford University



a photo of Dr. Brad Sagarin, professor of Social and Economical Physiology at Northern Illinois UniversityKeynote Speaker Dr. Brad Sagarin

Social and Evolutionary Psychology
Northern Illinois University

“The Science of BDSM”

Dr. Brad Sagarin is a professor of social and evolutionary psychology at Northern Illinois University where he studies social influence, resistance to persuasion, deception, jealousy, infidelity, and human sexuality. Brad has been published in a variety of scholarly journals, has given radio and podcast interviews, has consulted for radio and television programs, and has delivered invited lectures to academic and non-academic organizations. His research has been cited in newspapers and magazines, including The Economist and New Scientist. He holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Social Psychology from Arizona State University, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Please pre-register with your name and email for the conference.  The registration fee is $10.00 for student participants without a valid Rockford University ID.  You can either pay online or pay with cash or check on site. Faculty accompanying student participants are asked to pre-register but are not charged a fee.

If you submit a poster, only the first author will be pre-registered (Please email if the first author will not be attending).  Any other author attending the conference should also pre-register separately with the link above and only submit his/her own name and email address.

Schedule of Events


  • 8:00 Registration – Burpee Center, Park in Lot A 
  • 9:00 Welcome and Announcements 
  • 9:10-10:00 Getting into Graduate School Panel 

Short Break 

  • 10:10-11:00 Careers with a BA/BS in Psychology Panel
  • 10:10-11:00 Faculty Idea Exchange- Faculty Dining Room

Short Break 

  • 11:15-12:15 Keynote Address, Brad Sagarin, Ph.D.

Lunch  12:15-1:30 

  • 1:30-3:00 Graduate School Fair 
  • 1:30-2:15 Poster Session 1
  • 2:15-3:00 Poster Session 2 


Conference Contact Info

Amy Martin

This conference is made possible in part by the RU Student Opportunity Fund