Undergraduate Just-in-Time Poster Submission Policies for VSS

  • The student submitting the abstract is the sole author and presents the poster at the session.
  • Names and affiliations of advisors and mentors must be provided on the submission form and will be included in the VSS program.
  • The student must be a current VSS member (for 2023).
  • The student must be registered to attend VSS.
  • Those who already have an abstract accepted for VSS 2023 are not eligible to submit to the Just-In-Time session.
  • A student may submit only one abstract to the Just-In-Time session.
  • Abstracts must be work that has not been accepted for publication or published at the time of submission.
  • Poster presenter substitutions are not permitted.

Undergraduate Just-In-Time Poster Submissions

VSS is pleased to announce the 2023 “Just-In-Time” poster submissions for undergraduate students who are working on independent research projects that are just now reaching the stage of being ready for abstract submission.

VSS welcomes and encourages submissions from a diverse group of eligible students across the globe. To help accomplish this goal we are asking that you share this information with any programs within your institutions that sponsor or promote research for undergraduate students.


(1) currently enrolled in a 3-year or 4-year program leading to the bachelor’s degree, or,
(2) earned a bachelor’s degree in a 3-year program and are currently in their first year of study in a program leading to a master’s degree. (Students studying in European universities may fall in this category).

The submissions to this session are limited to students who are either:

Those who have an abstract accepted for VSS are not eligible. A student may submit only one abstract, and the student must be a current member of VSS.

Just-in-time posters for undergraduates will be presented in-person at VSS during one of two poster sessions scheduled for Saturday, May 20 or Monday, May 22. Submissions will open on March 1 and will be accepted until March 31. Presenters will be informed of acceptance by April 11.

Session Format

The presentations will have the same format as regular VSS posters.

Given the just-in-time deadline, some aspects will differ from regular VSS submissions. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the VSS Board of Directors and designates. Accepted abstracts will appear in the VSS 2023 program. Unlike submissions accepted following the December review, “Just-In-Time” abstracts will not appear in the Journal of Vision. The student who submits the abstract will be listed as the sole author, followed by the names of all those who participated as advisors or mentors.

How to Submit an Abstract

Abstract submissions must be divided into four sections: (1) Objective, (2) Methods, (3) Results, and (4) Conclusion. Each section is limited to 60 words.

For additional information about submission requirements, go to Undergraduate Submission Policies. If you have any questions, please contact our office at .

Submission Schedule

Submissions Open: March 1, 2023
Submissions Close: March 31, 2023
Notification of Accepted Abstracts: April 11, 2023

2020-2021 Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee

The Vision Sciences Society announces the 2020-2021 inaugural members of The Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPC)!

The Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee will advise the VSS Board and membership about how events, workshops, meeting structure, and activities can best target the needs of trainee members and attendees. They will be reaching out to trainees to solicit opinions and ideas, as well as organizing special events.

Each year VSS will solicit nominations for new members of the Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee to replace three members who will be rolling off the Committee.

Stacey Aston

Durham University

Stacey Aston is a postdoctoral researcher in Durham University’s Psychology Department. In her research, she studies visual and multi-sensory information integration for human perception and decision making. Stacey joined SPC to have a positive impact on the VSS experience for student and postdoc members. She is sure that the newly formed SPC committee will be a valuable asset to the VSS team as they work to enrich the VSS program with many more development and networking opportunities.

Kathryn Bonnen (Chair)

New York University

Kathryn (Kate) Bonnen is a Simons Society postdoctoral fellow at New York University (NYU). She earned her bachelor’s degrees in computer science and psychology at Michigan State University and received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to NYU, she was an ARVO/VSS scholar and visiting researcher in the Optometry School at the University California Berkeley. Her research focuses on motion perception, behavioral modelling, binocular processing, and sensorimotor control.

Matthew Boring (Record Keeper)

University of Pittsburgh

Matthew Boring is a fourth year PhD student from the University of Pittsburgh. He studies in Dr. Avniel Ghuman’s Laboratory of Cognitive Neurodynamics to understand how visual representations of objects evolve in the ventral stream and how these representations influence visual attention. Within the Student Postdoc Advisory Committee, Matthew is excited to improve VSS for trainees by establishing channels of communication between students, postdocs, and VSS organizing committees. By better understanding the desires and concerns of trainee members, it will be easier to develop programs that improve the value of VSS to them.

Cristina Ceja

Northwestern University

Cristina Ceja is a graduate student at Northwestern University pursuing a PhD in Psychology. She is interested in exploring the limits of our visual system in perceiving, processing, and updating visual representations. Currently, she studies how the visual system binds features to objects, and the role of visual attention in this binding process. As a member of the Student-Postdoc Advisory Committee (SPC), she looks forward to building on her existing outreach efforts and committee work dedicated to engaging and advocating for trainees.

Björn Jörges

York University

Björn finished his PhD at University of Barcelona and is currently doing a PostDoc at York University, Toronto, in a project funded by the Canadian Space Agency. His research is focused on the role of vestibular cues for visual perception and how we perceive moving objects while we ourselves are moving through the environment. He is furthermore convinced that open and diverse science is better science.

J. Brendan Ritchie (VSS Liaison)

National Institute of Mental Health

J. Brendan Ritchie, Ph.D, is a post-doctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health (USA), where he is conducting research on the neural basis of visual categorization and category learning. Previously he was a post-doctoral fellow at KU Leuven (Belgium), a research associate at Macquarie University (Australia), and a graduate student at the University of Maryland (USA), where he obtained his doctoral degree. Brendan is excited to be a part of SPC, and wants to help make VSS more responsive to the interests of early career researchers in vision science.

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