An abstract usually acts as a summary of work already completed and is used by prospective readers to decide whether or not to read the entire text. Abstracts are usually found immediately preceding a research document (such as a thesis or dissertation), and/or in professional journals and abstract indexes (both online and in hard copy). An abstract should represent as much as is possible the quantitative and qualitative information in the document, and also reflect its reasoning.
In order to participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, all students must submit an abstract, or summary of their work, at the time of their application. Please heed the following guidelines when preparing your abstract:
- Abstracts should not exceed 250 words (not including title, authors, department).
- The abstract should clearly state the argument, summarize the evidence that supports the argument, and describe the significance of the work. (Note: Science students should make certain that the abstracts describe the background, purpose, and major outcomes of the project undertaken).
- The faculty member under whose supervision the work was produced should be listed as an author.
- Artistic or musical performance, or showing artwork should contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting an abstract.