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Abstract Requirements & Templates

Abstract Submission Deadline

Midnight EST on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Registration has not opened yet – please stay tuned.

Abstracts are brief summaries of the presenters’ research projects that will be published in the Symposium program book. Judges at the Symposium will use these abstracts in the program book to review and judge poster presentations. Participants will have access to the abstracts via the .pdf file on this website to review research projects.

Symposium abstracts are to be comprised of three components:

  • the title and author information
  • the body of the abstract
  • the acknowledgment statement, if appropriate.

Use the Abstract Template – CLICK HERE TO USE THE TEMPLATE

It includes formatting instructions provided below.

Abstract Requirements – follow the template (use the links above).

Abstract Formatting Instructions
  • File Type: Abstracts must be submitted as a MS Word file (.doc or .docx).
  • File Name: Please title the abstract file as follows, the presenter’s entire last name, followed by the first initial of their first name plus the word “Abstract”. Example: “SmithJAbstract.doc”
  • Page Format: 8.5″ x 11″ page with 1-inch margins, single spaced and 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Page Limit: 1 page for complete abstract.
  • Title: The abstract title should be in all CAPITAL letters and bolded 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Authors: The name of each presenting author (student) should be underlined. The presenting undergraduate author(s) should be first author(s) and the research mentor should be the last author. Any co-authors who are not presenting should be included between the presenter(s) and research mentor. Affiliations should be included for all authors/co-authors and noted using superscript numbers. NOTE: If you are co-presenting, i.e. presenting the same poster with another individual, the abstract submission form will be the registration for both participants. Co-presentations can be only with pairs, groups of three or more are not accepted.
  • Affiliations: The format for affiliations should be as follows: Department of XXX, PresenterInstitutionName, StreetAddress, City, State (abbreviation) ZIPCODE. Example: Department of Biological Sciences, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250.The presenter’s affiliation should be the college or university where the presenter is working toward his or her undergraduate degree. Other presenters may have the same or different affiliation. Presenters can also have multiple affiliations, this should be indicated by having multiple superscripts.
  • The Body of Abstract: Maximum word count is 300. (Title, authors, affiliations and acknowledgments statement are not included in word limit). Indent the paragraphs using a tab and single space (1.0) this section of your abstract.
  • Acknowledgments Statement: Left-adjusted (do not indent) at the bottom.  (Put a double space between the body of the abstract and the Acknowledgments section). This should specifically recognize funding support of the research project. Program coordinators, directors and/or research mentors can provide this information to student researchers. We request that the acknowledgment statement is formatted in complete sentences.
Abstract Content Instructions
  • Suggested content for the body of the abstract on the presenter’s research includes background, research question, approach, experiments, and conclusion.
  • Please check and correct all spelling and grammar before submitting the abstract.
  • Remember, the presenter’s research mentor must approve the final abstract before it is submitted. (It may take a few rewrites to get a final version, so please allow ample time for the mentor review process.) Mentors must confirm their approval to the Symposium Abstract Review Team using the online abstract confirmation form.

Abstract Submission Form

Each individual or pair of presenters should complete the abstract submission form. If you are co-presenting, i.e. presenting the same poster with another individual, the abstract submission form will be the registration for both participants.

Co-presentations can be only with pairs, groups of three or more are not accepted.