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Showcase 2020 Abstract Review

Abstract Review

How Academic Showcase abstracts are evaluated

Review process

  • 2 faculty members review each abstract using the Abstract Evaluation Rubric below.
  • If reviewers disagree, a third faculty member reviews the abstract.
  • If questions remain, the entire Academic Showcase Committee reviews the abstract.

WSU Academic Showcase Abstract Evaluation Rubric

Abstracts go through an initial screening for eligibility in most (but not all) of the following categories. However, the reviewer may discover things that have been missed in the initial screening.

If any of the boxes below are checked, the abstract should be marked as “ineligible.”


Eligibility criteriaDoes not meet criteria
Abstract is submitted by a WSU faculty, staff, or student
A student-submitted abstract has either a faculty co-author or a faculty sponsor
All work must have been completed at or for WSU (no external student internships)
Only one abstract per primary or presenting author
Abstract meets the 250-word limit
Abstract demonstrates scientific, scholarly, or creative significance
Abstract contentNot acceptableBorderlineAcceptable
The creative or scientific project had a goal or logical hypothesis that was stated clearly and concisely; the creative endeavor was adequately described.
Sufficient background information was provided so as to provide connections to broader issues or context for the work.
Choice of methods address hypothesis or goal of project, may demonstrate original thinking or approach, or choice of how creative work will be presented.
Data has been collected which addresses the goal or hypothesis or a creative work will be presented with program notes that provide insight into the creative process.
Abstract addresses significance of project.
Reasonable conclusions from the data presented were connected to project goals or hypothesis. This may not be applicable to a creative project.
OUTCOME OF SCORING (Circle one) Abstract not acceptable (N) Abstract is borderline Accept (Y)

Printable version: Abstract Evaluation Rubric (pdf)

Invitation to participate

If your abstract is accepted, either of the following will occur:

  • You will receive an email in mid-February notifying you of your acceptance.
  • Your abstract will be published in the annual Academic Showcase Abstract Booklet (pdf) and on the website.

If your abstract is not accepted, you will receive email notification in mid-February.