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Undergraduate Research
University Library – 5th Floor – Rm 510
1125 Risman Drive
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

ugresearch@kent.edu

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts should include the following:

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed and selected on a merit basis and availability of space. Students selected to participate will be notified no later than March 17. Criteria for selection are:

  1. Title: The title should reflect the content and emphasis of the project/research described (maximum of 30 words, in bold type, Times New Roman, font size - 16 pt. This is separate from the body of the abstract).
  2. Names of authors: The names of the authors including the department, college affiliation should appear separate from the abstract. The primary and co-advisors should be indicated as such. The presenter's name should be underlined. Times New Roman, font size - 14 pt.  This is also separate from the body of the abstract).
  3. Body of the abstract:  An abstract is a brief, concise summarizing statement of the work, no longer than 150 words in length.  It gives the reader a summary of the problem, method, results and conclusions of your work. To ensure quality, it is recommended that your abstract is reviewed by your faculty mentor. The body of the abstract should include the following elements:
  • Problem: Describe the problem or research question that is the subject of the study and the importance in studying this issue
  • Method: Describe the approach used to conduct the study (i.e., the procedures or methods)
  • Results: Describe the principal findings or results

Abstract Evaluation and Selection for Competition:

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed and selected on a merit basis and availability of space. Students selected to participate will be notified no later than March 17. Criteria for selection are:

1.     Clarity of the abstract. Does the abstract provide all of the information needed by the judges in order to make a selection? Is it concise and to the point?  

2.     Quality and relevance of the research, creative work. Is the work that is undertaken relevant to the current state of knowledge in the field? Is it a potentially important contribution to the field? Is it contextual? Are the conclusions supported by the results? Is the work of interest to a general audience?

3.     Creativity, originality and scientific validity. Is the work novel? Was the work carried out according to accepted and valid methods in the relevant field?

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