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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:

  • Abstracts must adhere to a strict 250-word limit
  • Submission deadline: Monday, January 22, 2018.
  • Abstracts must be written for an educated lay audience.
    • If you have an existing poster containing an abstract of a highly technical nature, that abstract may remain as part of your presentation; however, for this event, the submitted abstract should be written for a general audience and be free of jargon.
  • Demonstrate work that is of scientific, scholarly, or creative significance.
    • The abstract must describe original research, scholarship, or creative activity.
    • For creative projects: The creative endeavor must be clearly described in the abstract. Methods used to accomplish the creative activity must be described and any program notes that help put the creative endeavor or process into perspective should be included.
    • For scientific projects: A goal or hypothesis for the project must be clearly stated, results summarized and a conclusion reached.
  • Reflect completed work.
    • Abstracts that are proposals for future work are not acceptable. Some of the work may still be in progress (and is likely still in progress), but the abstract should report on what has been done so far. It is acceptable to indicate in the abstract “next steps” as long as the completed steps are clearly described.
  • Abstract submissions must follow the format template in the next section.

GPSA Abstract Submission Template

Submitted abstracts must adhere to the following 3 section template. Please include the below headers 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, or etc.

Provide a summary of your results. Describe how these results impact your field. Why are these results important in your field of study?