Psychology: Professional Conference

Spring 2020
Class Size: 100
Credits per quarter

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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 San Francisco, California from April 30 - May 3, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Convention activities start at 8 am on Thursday April 30 and end at 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 3. To take advantage of all the special events, students need to arrive in San Francisco on Wednesday April 29 (anytime) and stay until Sunday afternoon (your flight home should be 4 pm or later). You can decide to stay over Sunday night for travel home on Monday if the additional cost of an extra night in the hotel is offset by the often-cheaper Monday flights.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

psychology, education, and social work


Credits per quarter

Fields of study: 
Special expenses:

Students attending the WPA Conference should expect to pay up to $1000 for airfare, lodging, food, and local transportation.  Students must make their own travel and lodging arrangements.  The WPA website ( has links for discounted lodging at the convention site. The hotel will fill as early as January 2020; thus students should reserve rooms even before registering for this class.


$90 for WPA annual conference registration fee

Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 100

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia

May be offered again in:

Spring 2021

2020-03-17Course cancelled due to conference reschedule
2019-12-02Conference registration fee raised to $90 (was $75)
2019-10-23Fees and Special Expenses updated.

Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.