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An abstract is a concise, independent summary of your research. By reading the abstract, a reader should learn the research question, the approach used to answer that question, and relevant findings.
- The abstract must be written as one paragraph
- The abstract should not exceed 250 words
- Presentation titles, name of author(s), advisor(s), and institution must be included in the abstract
- The abstract should not contain formal citations to published work or literature
- Footnotes should not be included, although a funding acknowledgement may be included at the end of the abstract
- While technical terms and scientific formulas are appropriate, avoid using abbreviations in the abstract unless the abbreviation is clearly explained
- A good abstract contains the following elements:
- Clear research statement/hypothesis
- Brief statement of research methodologies
- Brief statement of research conclusions
- Clear sense of how the research fits into the bigger picture
These sample abstracts from award winning presentations may provide useful examples.