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WePsYC Awards 2020 / Postponed

This is to inform you that, as you probably expected given the crisis occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, our event WePsYC Awards 2020 will not take place this year. Because we are still uncertain about the time when schools and universities can function again, as usual, we decided to postpone the event to Spring 2021.  

Students who were intending to submit their project this year are invited to submit it to next year’s event. Therefore, the 2021 edition will receive submissions from students who graduate both in 2020 and 2021.

In the meantime, we wish you all the best for the time to come. 



The Psychology Department at Webster Vienna Private University will be organizing a youth conference for high school students who are engaged in a psychology research project within the remit of their "Vorwissenschaftliche Arbeit", "Diplomarbeit", or “IB extended essay”. Interested students are invited to submit a short summary of their research for evaluation by the program committee. Selected projects will then have the opportunity to present their research at the conference in the form of a poster. The best posters will receive prizes.

The conference will take place on Friday 15th of May 2020 on the Webster Vienna campus.

Make your first steps in a university environment and do not miss this opportunity to receive feedback on your project from active researchers in the field!

What contributions are accepted?

We accept any project investigating a research question that is relevant to psychology, broadly defined as the science of mental states and behavior. Personal experience, observations, social concerns, or the psychological literature are frequent sources of ideas for research questions. The closer the theme is to personal interests, the more motivating it is to pursue the project! Although having empirical data is always a plus, projects that do not involve data collection (e.g. theoretical investigations) are also welcome.

Who is eligible?

Students in their 7th or 8th year of high school are able to apply, as they either start preparing or already have completed their Vorwissenschaftliche Arbeit, Diplomarbeit, or IB extended essay. Students who completed their work in a previous year and are willing to present are also welcome to apply. Students whose projects have been selected for presentation at the award ceremony and who travel outside of Vienna will have their train ticket (2nd class) reimbursed by the organizers.

What should I submit?

If you wish to participate in the conference and compete for a prize, please submit a summary of approximately 500 words to the Youth Conference Committee via email (see contact details below). The summary should include a brief description of your area of interest, your research question(s), hypotheses (if any), a description of your methodology, results, and conclusion. You may also include a list of references cited in your summary (note that the reference list does not count towards the 500 words). If your work is not empirical, but theoretical, you can replace the methodology and result sections by a description of the main theories you used in your work. The submission deadline is the 15th of April 2020.

Questions about the Youth Conference can be addressed to: psyc.research[at]webster.ac.at