About Abstracts

Preparing an Abstract

Abstract submission closed on November 19, 2010.

Students please note: Student presenters must submit abstracts using their own e-mail address. Do not use your campus coordinator or faculty sponsor's e-mail to submit an abstract.

****You cannot edit your abstract after it is submitted. Proofread your abstract carefully!****

Important guidelines (Performing and Visual Arts students, please see special guidelines)

  • Complete all required fields on the online submission form before submitting an abstract.
  • Only the primary presenter needs to submit an abstract, and only one abstract should be submitted for each presentation.
  • Abstracts are usually 250 to 300 words in length and should be no more than 450 words.
  • We recommend that you print the abstract submission form and have all of your necessary information on hand before entering the information online.
  • Communication regarding your abstract submission will come from ncur2011@ithaca.edu.  If you do not receive automatic email notification after submitting your abstract, please check to make sure that ncur2011@ithaca.edu has not been marked as spam by your email client/server.

Abstracts should:

  • State, in clear terms, the central research question and the purpose of the research. 

  • Provide a brief discussion of the research methodology.

  • State conclusions, either final or anticipated.

  • Be well organized.

All abstracts will undergo a rigorous review by a panel of faculty reviewers. Abstract reviewers will evaluate submissions based on the criteria listed above and will assess overall merit within the context of the specific academic discipline.

There is a limit of two abstracts submitted per primary presenter.

Abstracts should observe the following:

  • Complete the abstract using appropriate upper and lower case letters.
  • The title will appear in the program exactly as you type it, so check your spelling.
  • Enter first name, middle initial and last name of author and co-authors.
  • Enter faculty sponsor in parentheses.
  • Enter the department and institution where the research was conducted.

It is a good idea to work on your abstract with your mentor's participation ahead of the actual submission process. That way you can simply cut and paste it into the abstract body text box when you get to that step. It is difficult to generate the optimal abstract in real-time during the submission process.