Undergraduate Research Program
Information for applicants
Symposium Application Deadline: February 23, 2015
An abstract is a summary of your research usually presented in skeletal form, which concentrates on the essentials of a larger idea or claim. Your abstract should include sufficient information for reviewers to judge the nature and significance of your research, the adequacy of the methodology employed, and the nature of the results and/or progress to date. We strongly recommend that you attend an abstract writing workshop to help you get started. If you can’t make it in person, you can view a webcast of the 2012 abstract writing workshop.
- You may write and edit your abstract in the online application system. Your application account will allow you to edit your abstract as often as you like prior to final submission. You must submit your application prior to the application deadline.
- Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words in length. For your convenience, we have provided a word count in the abstract editing box in your application.
- For group presentations, the primary presenter should submit co-presenters’ information during the application process to allow them to collaborate and edit the abstract prior to submission.
PLEASE NOTE: Your abstract will be published in the Symposium Proceedings. Therefore, you should submit a high quality version approved by your faculty mentor.
The following are useful resources for writing an abstract:
- Webcast of the 2012 Abstract Workshop
- Slides from the 2014 Abstract Writing Workshop
- View examples from the 2014 Symposium
You may apply to present your research either through a poster or in a presentation session.
The poster should include a statement of the idea investigated, a description of the method or approach used, findings or progress to date, and a summary.
Your poster should be 40″ x 32.” Please note: your posters should not be free-standing.
Presentations are 10 minutes in length. This time limit is strictly enforced.
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