Psychology Undergraduate Student Careers and Research Conference

Psychology Student Conference 2022
Psych-con will be held on Thursday, October 20th 2022 at 9:30am-2:30pm in the MMC Campus-GC Ballrooms. To register, check in at the ballroom doors with your panther ID on the day of the conference.  Evening sessions will cover Research and Internship from 5:00pm-7:00pm online.  For the evening session register HERE to receive Zoom Link. 


The Psychology Undergraduate Student Conference answers the question: "What can I do with a bachelor's in psychology?" This event is an opportunity for undergraduate psychology students to get involved with on-campus research, update their plans for graduation and beyond, and find job and internship opportunities.

The conference is for psychology undergraduate majors and minors as well as undergraduates pursuing other majors and students who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from FIU. The event is a joint effort of the Department of Psychology, Psychology Ambassadors for Student Success, the FIU chapter of Psi Chi Honor Society, FIU Career and Talent Development and the Psychology advising team. It runs every fall at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus and in spring at the Biscayne Bay Campus.


The student conference delivers informative sessions throughout the day which expose students to career resources, employment and internship opportunities. For example, students can acquire resume building knowledge by attending workshops and connect with potential employers. The conference also has sessions for students who intend to go to graduate school; these sessions may cover graduate admission requirements, goal-setting as an undergrad, and more. Other sessions and workshops showcase research being conducted by psychology faculty, allowing lab managers and directors to recruit students to work in labs on campus.

Reporting Attendance

Attend in Person between 9am-2:30pm (GC-Ballrooms) and be sure to check in with your panther-id for your name to be recorded and reported for attendance purposes. For evening sessions from 5:00-7:00pm you must log into zoom with your FIU credentials for your name to be reported to any instructor who requests an attendance list. You must attend for at least one hour for your name to be reported to your instructor. 

The psychology conference presents a great opportunity for employers and recruiters to meet and network with psychology majors. Each year, students have been recruited and hired on the spot for internships and jobs. Students can discuss their career goals and get feedback about succeeding in their job search.

We typically host at least 15-20 representatives from agencies that are specifically interested in recruiting psychology majors.

Conference Schedule

The conference begins with welcome and opening remarks from 9:00am-9:20am, followed by a general presentation from 9:20am-10:00am. Following the general presentation are four concurrent sessions hosted in 40 minute intervals between the hours of 10:10am-1:20pm where students have three presentations to choose from. The conference day wraps up with another general presentation scheduled from 1:30-2:10pm. The evening sessions will feature research lab presentations from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Please scroll through to see conference program and be sure to check out Times and information for Tabling  at the bottom of the page. 

Welcome and Opening Message | 9:00am-9:20am.

Dana McMakin, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychology 
Jaqueline Diaz, M.S., Director of Academic Advising, CASE

General Presentation | What Can I do with a Bachelor's In Psychology | 9:20am-10:00am. 

Adriana Medina, M.A., Career Advisor, Career and Talent Development 

 The General presentation will shed light on options for the field of psychology after students have graduated with the bachelors degree in psychology. Topics will cover career and graduate school option. 

GC Middle Ballrooms | 

Concurrent Sessions 

Four concurrent sessions will run every 40 minutes. Students have three options to choose from for each session based on topic interests. 

Concurrent Session I | 10:10am-10:50am. 

Pre-Health Professions 

Samantha Postigo, MS., EdS., Senior Coordinator of Administrative Services, Pre-Health Professions Advising

A review of course requirements, preparing for admission tests, and the application process for professional pre-health programs. Topics include Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Physican Assistant, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Vet, and related careers. 


GC Middle Ballrooms | 
Concurrent Session II | 11:00am-11:40am. 

Master of Science in Professional Counseling 

Kristin Nichols, Ph.D., Associate Chair, Director, PCP Program

An overview of the MS in Professional counseling which consists of 60 credits of graduate study courses leading to a Master of Science in Psychology and eligibility to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida. Program format, schedule, cost, application procedures, and admission requirements will be discussed.

GC Middle Ballrooms | 

Concurrent Session III | 11:50am-12:30pm. 

Certification Options for Behavior Analysis

Paloma RodriguezPhD., NCBA-D, Assistant Director, Behavior Analysis, MS Program Faculty Administrator, Department of Psychology

The presentation will cover the different levels of credentialing that exist in behavior analysis. Including certification with undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. Information includes coursework and degrees available at FIU.

GC Middle Ballrooms | 

Lunch & Afternoon General Presentation

Lunch will be served in the East and West Ballrooms from 12:30pm-1:30pm, followed by a General Presentation in the Middle Ballrooms from 1:30pm-2:10pm

General Presentation | Panel Discussion- Career Pathways & Graduate Programs | 1:30pm-2:10pm. 

Moderator:  Patricio Viera Perez: 4th year Cognitive Neuroscience

Tori Carlson: 4th year Legal Psychology

Carlos Desme: 3rd year Developmental Psychology

Jen Sikov: 1st year Clinical Psychology

This General presentation will explore career paths by exploring through the lens of graduate student panelists who are currently enrolled in graduate programs at FIU. 

Concurrent Afternoon Session

Last session will wrap up the days events. Students have three options to choose one 40 minute session based on topic interests. 

Concurrent Session IV | 2:20pm-3:10pm

Psychology & Law 3+3 Programs and Legal Careers

Ariana Arguello, Esq.,  Associate Director of Recruitment, Amarillys E. Garcia-Perez, Esq., Director, Pre-law Advising and Training Office.

This topic will cover requirements for the New Psychology BA/Law 3+3 Program. Strategies for admissions to FIU School of Law, and will further discuss legal Careers that students can consider.

GC Middle Ballrooms |

 Evening Presentations | Education & Experience for Psychology Majors | 5:00pm-7:00pm. 

Rossly Rocha, MS
., Academic Advisor, CASE Advising | Maximizing Your Undergraduate Experience
Karinna Rodriguez,
Graduate Student, Developmental Psychology | Research: Eye Tracking Children's Cognition
Andrew Greiner
, Research Scientist, CCF |Experience with the STP program 
Allen Varela, M.S., Senior Coordinator, Academic Services
| How to Present Your Research at URFIU
Abdullah Ahmad
, Lab Manager, Developmental Psychobiology Lab | Research Experience with Developmental Psychology. 
Andrea Green, MSMIS., MPA., Project Lead, Department of Psychology | Research and Internships in Psychology

This session will feature opportunities for psychology majors from maximizing the undergraduate experience to receiving experience through research labs, programs, and trainings. 

Log In to evening sessions via Zoom Here


Tabling Talks

You can connect with a representative from various programs or employers through tabling. Tabling will take place either at the GC Ballroom Venue Foyer. See tabling schedule below. 

Program or EmployerTable Rep
Counselor Education
Guilia Rossi and Ana Lopez-Nunez
FIU Law School
Public Health & Social Work Ambassadors
Behavior Analysis Inc. Jimena Mekras, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Alyssa Gonzalez, M.S., BCBA
Lotus BehavioralAngela Yusty, M.S., ITDS
Positive Behavior Support Corps.Niady T. Robayna, BCBA-D, LMHC, Ambar Reyes
GirlKind Project
Yadira Veres, Founder & Director
Sports Konnect
Devin Browne, Founder, CEO
ABA SquadMelissa Compere, MS., Cali Perez
My Optimal ChildValeria Fontanals, Ed.M, SS, Founder, Lucas Verdej, Intern
Miami-Dade County Corrections & RehabilitationIra Thomas, EdD., MSW