Office of Undergraduate Research

UW-System Symposium for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity

Abstract Guidelines

An abstract of your research or creative activity should be submitted using the registration form. Your abstract will be included in the Symposium program and will provide the general reader with information about your research or creative activity. The abstract should be a concise and clear statement of the main ideas of your presentation. It should be a maximum of 400 words, not including title, authors, and affiliations. Avoid jargon and explain your project as clearly as possible for a non-specialist reader. Faculty sponsors should review and approve the abstract prior to submission.

Guide for Abstract Preparation:

The submission will require the following information:

1. All presenters’ names, email addresses, T-shirt sizes, and special dietary needs. This year, each co-presenter does NOT need to register separately. Only one submission per presentation is needed.

Faculty Sponsor(s) name, email address, and affiliation.

Student Co-Authors' names (up to five) and emails, T-shirt sizes, and special dietary needs.

There is also an optional field to list your campus undergraduate research coordinator and his or her email address.

2. Title of Presentation. This should be clear and concise and no more than 20 words long.

3. Main Text of Abstract: A maximum of 400 words, not including the title, names of authors, and affiliations. The text is usually a single paragraph that should include the following:

Background and Rationale (1-2 sentences): Provide some background and a rationale for the study. What do your readers need to know before they can understand why you performed this scholarship/creative activity? Set the stage for further information on the topic.

Methods (1-2 sentences): Provide methods for how you accomplished your goals. How did you perform the study? What methods did you use to achieve your results? Check that your methods connect to your results.

Results (2-3 sentences): Choose your most significant findings and describe them. What did you accomplish? What is most important for people to know about your work? Share only the critical findings.

Conclusions (1-2 sentences): Interpret your results for a broader audience. What can you conclude from your study? How do your results impact larger issues? Make sure your conclusions are supported by your results (preliminary or expected results are acceptable).

Please note: if your registration is submitted correctly, you will immediately receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email, please resubmit or contact Kyla Esguerra at