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Showcase 2021 Prepare and submit abstracts

Prepare and submit your work

For GPSA Research Exposition

Dates & deadlines

Deadlines for submission

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the 2021 event.

  • Abstract: Sun., Feb. 28
    Ensure that your abstract meets all requirements. Submissions will be accepted beginning Feb. 1.
  • Poster: Tues., March 16
    Provide a digital poster to present your work.
  • Video: Tues., March 16
    In addition to your poster, you may choose to submit a video of yourself presenting your work. Video submission is optional, but encouraged. It gives you an opportunity to explain your work’s significance.

See the guidelines for poster and video submissions.

Exhibition dates

Presentations will be on public display online from Mon., March 22 through Thur. March 26.

Poster & video submission guidelines

  • Posters must be delivered in pdf format. The file size cannot exceed 10mb.
  • Videos are optional and may be no more than 7 minutes long.
  • Plan to submit your poster and video simultaneously. You will not be able to submit one and return later to deliver the other.
  • The submission form is the same one used for Academic Showcase.
  • The form will ask you to submit your abstract again, along with your poster and video.
  • A valid WSU email address is required.

Abstract requirements

To participate, you must submit an abstract summarizing your research findings, scholarship, or creative work.

Your abstract must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submit your abstract directly to GPSA by the deadline.
    To get started, click the button above labeled “Submit abstract.”
  • 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.
  • Method
    Clarify your research question/hypotheses/propositions. Describe your data, variables, methods, etc.
  • Results/implications
    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 2020 abstracts. Be advised that abstracts for Academic Showcase follow different formatting requirements.

Abstract review

In early March the GPSA Awards and Scholarships Committee will review abstracts using the GPSA Research Exposition Abstract Evaluation Rubric (pdf), shown below. You will be notified by March 10 if you are accepted.

ScoreFormat/GrammarClarity of Objective and TitleMethodsResults and InterpretationImplications/ ContributionCommunication to the General Audience
4Meets 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.
3Meets 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.
2Meets 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.
1Did 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 workThe 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 GPSA Research Exposition Poster Grading Rubric (pdf).