Prepare and submit abstracts
For GPSA Research Exposition
To participate, you must submit an abstract summarizing your research findings, scholarship, or creative work. Your abstract must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Submit by the deadline. The deadline typically falls in mid-January. Abstracts are no longer being accepted for the 2020 event.
- 250-word limit, strictly enforced
- Write for an educated lay audience.
If you have an existing poster with an abstract that uses technical terminology, that abstract may remain part of your presentation. However, the abstract you submit to apply for this event should be written for a general audience and be free of jargon.
- Demonstrate original work that is of scientific, scholarly, or creative significance.
- For scientific projects: Clearly state a project goal or hypothesis. Summarize results and conclusions reached.
- For creative projects: Clearly describe the creative endeavor and methods used to accomplish it. Include program notes that provide context for the creative process.
- Represent completed work.
Proposals for future work are not acceptable. If work is in progress (a likely scenario), the abstract should report on what has been done so far. You may indicate next steps, as long as you clearly describe steps already completed.
- Follow the format in the template provided below.
GPSA abstract submission template
Submitted abstracts must adhere to the following 3-section template. Include the headings below for each section.
- Principal topic
Introduce your topic. Discuss your theoretical framework. Discuss why this research is important and/or relevant in your field.
Clarify your research question/hypotheses/propositions. Describe your data, variables, methods, etc.
Provide a summary of your results. Describe how these results impact your field. Why are these results important in your field of study?
Examples may be found among the 2019 abstracts and in the 2019 event program (pdf). If referencing the event program, look for abstracts from GPSA Research Exposition. The document also contains abstracts for Academic Showcase, which follow different formatting requirements.
The GPSA Awards and Scholarships Committee reviews abstracts using the 2020 GPSA Research Exposition Abstract Evaluation Rubric (pdf), shown below.
|Score||Format/Grammar||Clarity of Objective and Title||Methods||Results and Interpretation||Implications/ Contribution||Communication to the General Audience|
|4||Meets all formatting guidelines (see guidelines below) with no spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.||Objective of work is communicated clearly with purposeful language and is well justified.||Methodology is well presented and displays a clear progression toward the objectives.||Results presented are clear and related to the objectives.||Abstract communicates how research is clear, substantial, novel, current, or cutting-edge in participant’s field and/or beyond.||Understandable for people from different fields of the present study.|
|3||Meets most formatting guidelines: but still within 250 words.||Objective is generally clear, but not consistently.||Methodology is generally clear, but not consistent and/or unclear.||Results support the objective but lack clarity.||Work highlights a limited impact in presenter’s field and/or community but is still relevant.||Understandable but is not written appropriately to use minimum technical terms.|
|2||Meets some formatting guidelines, but is over 250 words.||Objective is generally unclear and inconsistent.||Methodology is unclear and inconsistent with the objectives.||Results are preliminary and poorly represent objectives.||Impact of work is unclear, loosely related to the field, not completely current, or poorly presented.||Reaching minimum understanding and isn’t compelling to the general audience.|
|1||Did not follow formatting guidelines: Not organized, no headings, or multiple spelling and punctuation errors.||Objective is not stated or underdeveloped nor justified.||Logical errors in methods. Appropriate methodology is unclear.||Results are not sufficient enough to support the objectives of the work||The original contribution or appropriateness to the field is not presented or loosely justified.||Unnecessarily vague writing to general audience.|
As you develop your abstract, it may help to keep in mind criteria that judges will use to evaluate your poster and presentation on competition day. You will find those criteria listed in the 2020 GPSA Research Exposition Poster Grading Rubric.