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Abstract Guidelines and Submission

An abstract is a short statement about your research. It is designed to give the reader a concise and complete understanding of your research problem, methodology and findings. Readers should be able to quickly and accurately identify the basic content of your research. 

A model abstract should contain the following elements: 

  • You must submit your abstracts below, within the dates posted. 

  • The title will appear in the program exactly as you type it, so check your spelling and grammar. 

  • Enter first name, middle initial and last name of all authors. Enter the name of the faculty sponsor in parentheses. 

  • Abstracts must not exceed 250 words in length. If you are using a special character symbols or images, you will need to upload your abstract as attached PDF file

  • We strongly recommend that students print the abstract submission form and have your mentor review it ahead of the actual submission process. 

Abstract Submission 

What should be in an abstract

  1. A very brief statement of the significance of the problem you study. 

  2. A statement of the focus of your study (what aspect of the problem you are working on). 

  3. The research methods being employed to test your hypothesis and draw conclusions. 

  4. The results that were observed. 

  5. Your conclusions and any future direction that the study may take. 

Poster Guidelines

All presentations will be the form of a poster. Suggested poster size is 3’ x 4’ feet in size. Assemble your poster using a PowerPoint slide (set page size to 3’X 4’). Students are encouraged to submit their poster for printing well in advance of the symposium. 

Poster Session Location

The poster session will be held in Hughes Gymnasium. During registration, each student will be assigned a poster number based on the poster category. The student must post his/her poster in the assigned location between 8:00 – 9:00 am on the day of the symposium. The organizers will provide the presenters with poster boards and pins to display their posters. Presenters will put their poster on the board, without covering the poster number. 

Poster Sessions

There will be two poster presentation sessions. During Session 1 (9:00 – 11:30 AM), all posters will be judged. Presenters must stand by their poster to answer questions and to provide additional information about the research project. Session 2 (2:45 AM - 5:00 PM), will provide an opportunity for the public to view the posters. We encourage all presenters to be present at their poster to explain their work and receive feedback from attendees.

Dress Code

All students presenting posters are asked to dress professionally or business casual. Professional dress for men comprises a business suit or a blazer, dress pants and a tie, while women wear a business suit or pants suit, or dress and jacket. For business casual dress, men should wear a shirt with a collar and/or a sweater, khakis or dress pants and dress shoes (not athletic shoes), while women wear a moderate length dress or skirt (no miniskirts) with dress shoes. Your clothes should be clean and wrinkle free. While students will not be judged on appearance, compliance with the dress code is expected.

Judging Criteria

During the first poster session, a panel of the UWA professors will view each poster. Presenters will be expected to explain their research project and elaborate on the content of the poster. Each student will have an approximately 10 minutes to discuss their work. The judging panel will question the presenters about their work. Students will be judged on the quality of their abstract, their ability to explain their poster, and on their ability to satisfactorily answer the questions about their work. Please be aware that the poster design, organization, and ease of reading are important factors in judging your poster. For more information about judging criteria, please click here.

Poster Removal

All posters must be removed by 5:00 pm, March 6, 2018. 

Please Contact us if you have additional questions about the poster design or setup.