TWO TYPES OF ABSTRACTS
Please note: abstracts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 3, 5pm. After March 3, abstracts will not be accepted.
ABSTRACT TO PRESENT:
After the initial submission by the faculty sponsor an abstract is required to assist in organizing sessions and to provide moderators and interested attendees with additional information about presenter sessions. Only one abstract per presentation is necessary and should be between 250-500 words and is due by March 3, 2014.
Your abstract should state the title of your presentation, your name, and your faculty sponsor's name at the top of the page. The body of your abstract should summarize your research in 250-500 words.
Sample abstracts have been provided on the website.
ABSTRACT TO BE CONSIDERED FOR AN AWARD:
For students interested in pursuing a presentation award, the submission of an extended abstract of 500 to 700 words is necessary by March 3, 2014. Your extended abstract should address the following five elements. Guiding questions have been provided to focus your writing:
1. Background: Why You Created Your Work
Describe the context of your work: What have others already done in this area and where does your work fit into this existing body of work? In particular, what is the potential for your work to add something new? Describe the research question or argument driving your work. For students submitting an original creative work or performance, how does your performance relate to society/campus community? What do you want listeners to understand/experience/know before, during, or after your performance? What will your performance mean to your audience? What artists are you responding to or in conversation with for your creative work?
2. Methods: How Your Work Came to Be
How did you create your work? In what theory or theories is it grounded? What materials did you use, who else was involved, and when did you carry out your work? For students submitting an original creative work or performance, why is your performance considered “research?” What is new, unusual, interesting, or noteworthy about it? Which techniques/concepts/meanings will your performance explore? What methods were used in creating your work?
3. Results: How Your Work Turned Out
How would you describe your work clearly and concisely, in a way that makes it easy for people from multiple disciplines to understand your work and its real or potential outcomes? For students submitting an original creative work or performance, how do you explain the impact of your scholarly and creative output?
4. Discussion and Conclusions: What Your Work Means
How do you move from describing your work itself to explaining the broader ideas that it addresses? What do you think your work contributes to your area and why do you think your work makes this contribution?
5. Bibliography/Works Cited
A bibliography/list of references and works cited (If you cited any sources of information—articles, books, book chapters, websites, and personal communications) MUST be included. These items are not included in the 500-700 word limit.
It may be helpful for students to consider this a shorter version of their final presentation. Supporting materials including charts, graphs, images, choreography documentation or musical scores are encouraged, but not necessary. These items are not included in the 500-700 word limit.