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KEY DATES:

  • Intent to Present deadline
  • June 26, 2017
  • Abstract Submission deadline
  • July 17, 2017
  • Registration deadline
  • July 24, 2017
  • Symposium
  • August 4, 2017

Writing an Abstract* for the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium

For purposes of the Undergraduate Research Symposium, an abstract summarizes a professional presentation. It helps authors get to the essence of their work. It helps the Symposium Program Committee decide what presentation category best represents the research.

Note: Abstracts are limited to 150 words. Titles are limited to 75 characters.

First, write a title that can be understood by the audience you hope to reach (Symposium attendees). (Remember: Abstracts will not be available for the general public to read, so the title is critical; it will help attendees decide whether or not to attend your presentation.)

First, write about the "what” and the “why" of your research. Then, write about your process: your methods and results. Finally, provide conclusions, and discuss implications and prospects for future work.

Rewrite and revise (multiple times) using short, active sentences. Kill excess verbiage. Let time pass. Test your abstract by asking other people to read it, including your research mentor. Rewrite again. Seek clarity and simplicity. Less is more. Thus, a good abstract benefits the writer and serves the reader. The process is easy to describe, but it takes practice.

* Do not include diagrams, tables, or references in your abstract

Helpful information can also be found at this link, http://undergraduateresearch.ucdavis.edu/urcConf/write.html.

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