It is a pleasure to welcome you to the University of Waterloo for the 49th Annual Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference (AOPUTC). The University of Waterloo’s Department of Psychology is hosting the event on Friday, May 3, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you! This conference provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate psychology students to present their research in an informal and friendly environment. Come learn, share and discuss new concepts as well as celebrate the completion of your thesis with your peers, colleagues, and friends from Psychology Departments all over the province.

Registration is now closed.

The Call for Abstracts opens  March 1, 2019, and closes April 8, 2019

Contact us:


You can choose to present your thesis findings in the format of a 10-minute oral presentation, or during a 60-minute poster session. Both formats provide valuable experience. The Call for Abstracts will open on March 1, 2019, and remain open until April 8, 2019.

Registration is now closed.

Keynote Address

Dr. Heather Henderson will be our keynote speaker. 

Dr. Henderson will present findings from her program of research examining the implications of childhood shyness for social and emotional development.  Her research group uses multiple methods to study individual differences including psychophysiological recordings, standardized cognitive tasks, and live observations of children during interactions with their peers. She will use these data to illustrate the bidirectional relations between attention, information processing and social behavior across childhood.

Dr. Henderson is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo where she is the Director of the Social Development Lab. Dr. Henderson completed her B.Sc. in Psychology at McMaster University and her Ph.D. in Human Development at the University of Maryland. She serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Child Development and Social Development. She is the recipient of several awards for her outstanding teaching and mentorship at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Henderson has clear memories of giving her first research presentation at the Ontario Psychology Undergraduate Thesis Conference in 1993!

Schedule and Program

AOPUTC 49 will offer many education, learning, and networking opportunities!

Registration opens at 8:00 am on Friday, May 3th, 2019. All sessions will take place in Federation Hall (FED). Your day will be filled with concurrent symposia sessions grouped by topic, so you can choose presentations that interest you most. There will also be poster sessions, during which you can discover what your fellow students have been researching. Lunch will be available on campus, and the day will close with a reception.

You can view the Schedule .  Please use Ctrl +F to find your name.  If you can't find your name or there is a mistake in your information please contact Fiona at

View the Program .  You can find talk titles, keynote speaker information, wifi instructions and other information in the program.


Getting Here

The University of Waterloo is located at 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1

Campus map

Directions to campus

Visitor parking is available in M lot (near Columbia Street West) for $6/day. Credit card and cash are accepted as payment. Visit Parking Services for more information.