Call for Submissions

The UTC Master’s of Science degree program in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology and Department of Psychology are pleased to invite you to the 15th Annual River Cities I-O (RCIO) Psychology Conference. The RCIO conference is held in beautiful Chattanooga, TN and will take place on October 25th and 26th, 2019.

Hosted at UTC since 2008, the RCIO conference is a highly professional, yet student-friendly event that provides attendees with a positive and an encouraging conference experience. Conference evaluations from attendees consistently indicate that RCIO is among the most positive and rewarding mini-conference experiences. Each year, the RCIO conference is focused on a different and unique theme relevant to I-O or more general applied psychology. The focus of this year’s conference is Applying Psychology to Enhance the Value of Data Analytics.

The emphasis in theme-track presentations will broadly address this theme in a variety of work settings. In keeping with RCIO tradition, other sessions (including the Friday afternoon sessions) will focus on a variety of traditional areas of I-O Psychology and career-/practice-related topics relevant to current and future I-O practitioners and applied researchers. These presentations do not have to be purely I-O psychology in their origin or focus, but should be relevant to an audience of developing I-O professionals and based on a solid body of strong theory, practice, and/or data.

The RCIO conference planning committee now invites practitioners, faculty, and students who are interested in applied psychology to submit proposals for (a) research/tutorial/application presentations and/or (b) poster presentations that are generally related to the theme of this year's conference and/or to the practice of psychology in organizations. For this year's conference, the submission deadlines are: (a) Friday, September 27, 2019 for presentation submissions and (b) Friday, October 4, 2019 for poster submissions. Early submissions are appreciated and given priority review to reduce processing times and provide conference attendees with as much advance notice of the conference program as possible. All authors will be notified of final acceptance decisions by October 9, 2019. 

All poster and presentation submissions to RCIO are processed through the online UTC Scholar platform. This system enables us to more efficiently manage submissions and publish electronic conference proceedings upon conclusion of each year's event.


There are two session types at RCIO:

  1. Research/Tutorial Presentations: These presentations last 60 minutes, including time for interactive Q&A. Each presentation room is equipped with a projector, screen, computer, and internet connectivity. If other equipment will be needed, please specify in the comments box of your submission. Research/tutorial presentation submissions should include names and affiliations of all presenters as well as a title and short summary of the proposed session. Please include a copy of your resume or CV with your submission. If accepted, you are expected to submit by October 23, 2019 a final pdf version of your presentation slides and/or brief white paper summarizing or outlining the main points of your presentation (for inclusion in this year's RCIO Proceedings).
  2. Poster Presentations: Posters submitted to RCIO may be of three formats: Research Proposals, Completed Research, Internship/Practicum overviews (preferably summarizing completed projects or initiatives for which you can demonstrate impact). Your submission should be marked as one of these forms. If accepted, you are expected to submit by October 22, 2018 a final pdf version of your poster (for inclusion in the this year's RCIO Proceedings).
    1. Research proposal submissions should include names and affiliations of all authors, the poster title, a detailed abstract (of no more than 400 words), and a more detailed one-page summary of the project, including clear methodological details.
    2. Completed research submissions should include names and affiliations of all authors, the poster/paper title, a detailed abstract (of no more than 400 words), and a copy of a brief, but complete paper based on this research and prepared according to current APA style. 
    3. Internship/practicum overview submissions should include a summary of how you secured the position, overview of the actual placement (organization), summary of responsibilities, and focused discussion on an initiative or two that you were strongly involved in running or managing. Lessons learned are also important to this type of submission, given the dominant audience at this conference. 


Please note that in keeping with standard research ethics in psychology and associated fields, work submitted for presentation at RCIO should not have already been presented or published elsewhere, nor should such work be under consideration for presentation at another conference.


To submit a poster or presentation proposal:

  1. Click the following link: UTC Scholar - RCIO Collections.
  2. Click on "Submit Event" in the lower left corner of the navigation bar, under "Author Corner".
  3. Create a free bepress account before you can proceed with your submission (bepress is the host for UTC Scholar). Two important notes: (1) If you already have a bepress account through another institution, your username and password should work here as well; and (2) because this system will also serve as our online repository for the RCIO Proceedings, you will need to select a Creative Commons license you are comfortable with at the time of submission.
  4. Fill in the required fields and upload your poster or presentation proposal document adhering to the guidelines outlined above.  
  5. Submit your event for review.

If you have questions along the way, please contact the conference chair, Dr. Chris Cunningham at:  

Finally, as you consider submitting a presentation topic and/or poster for this year’s event, make sure you also register and book your hotel room as soon as possible. Chattanooga is a very busy city in October and we want to make sure everyone has a comfortable place to stay while in town. Details on registration and special hotel accommodations can be easily located in the Registration section of this website.


The following are important guidelines to remember if your submission is accepted for inclusion in this year's RCIO conference:

If you are presenting a poster: Posters should be no larger than 3 feet by 3-4 feet in size. They will be displayed on boards supported by easels.

If you are a session presenter: Presentations at this year’s RCIO Conference are scheduled to last 60 minutes, inclusive of time for Q&A. This typically means that you should prepare 35-40 minutes of content and plan to facilitate discussion and answer questions from the audience. Each presentation room will be equipped with a projector, screen, computer, and internet connectivity. If other equipment will be needed, please specify in comments box in the registration form. Presenters should bring their presentations on thumb drive or have their presentation accessible via some form of internet storage source.