Spartan Psychological Association Research Conference (SPARC)

The Psi Chi International Honor Society and the Department of Psychology at San Jose State University

We are proud to sponsor the Spartan Psychological Association Research Conference (SPARC), held annually each spring (typically late April or early May).

SPARC began in 1957 as a unique opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students in psychology to gain valuable experience in presenting their research, build relationships with other students and faculty, and broaden their knowledge of cutting-edge research from numerous areas of psychological science.

Through the years, SPARC has grown to become one of the preeminent regional forums for student presentations in psychology. What was once an afternoon's worth of talks in a classroom has evolved into a full 1-2 day program of events, including multiple oral presentations sessions, poster presentations, and invited presentations from distinguished scholars in psychology and related fields. We look forward to having you join us this year as either a presenter or attendee.


All graduate and undergraduate students involved in psychological research or related fields are encouraged to apply. Each student must have a faculty sponsor.

2021 ReSPARC

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Margarita Azmitia
Professor, Psychology Department
University of California, Santa Cruz

Timeline of events:

  • April 20: Keynote Webinar over Zoom from 4:30-5:45pm
  • April 21-April 27: Recording of keynote and student presentations will be available