What Is An Abstract?
An abstract gives a brief summary of your topic (150-200 words), with a stated argument or a clear idea of what your research is about. It should also state what your (expected) outcomes are or why your project is significant to your field. If applicable, state how it is part of a larger or ongoing project. The abstract will be published in the symposium program and is intended to give the audience a clear idea of what you are presenting.
NOTE: the URS is a multi-disciplinary conference (as opposed to a specialist conference); therefore, while you will be speaking to educated people, most of them will not be familiar with your subject or your field of study. Tailor your discussion so that anyone can understand it (imagine presenting it to your parents or to a professor in another department: what terms do you need to define? What contextual information do you need to include?). Your faculty advisor or professor can help you with this.
Sample Abstracts Across the Disciplines:
Click the following links to see sample abstracts from each discipline.
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