What is an abstract?
An abstract is a short preview of your report intended to inform potential readers about your topic, research, and findings. It usually comes at the beginning of a paper and allows people to get a brief glimpse into the content of your research before reading your report in its entirety.
Abstracts are also commonly used as presentation proposals for academic conferences. The abstract gives conference organizers an idea of what you’d like to present. At times, the abstract is publicized in the conference program, so that attendees can decide whether to attend your session or someone else’s. For all these reasons, it’s important than an abstract be clearly written and give a focused overview of your report or presentation.
What to include in an abstract
An abstract should include the following:
A good exercise for writing an abstract is to continually answer the question “What is my report/paper/presentation about?” or, more accurately, “What does my report/paper/presentation do?”
The Writing Center
The Writing Center currently has Writing Consultants who are specifically trained to help you write your abstracts for Student Scholars Day. For a link to the Writing Center click here. Please e-mail Lisa Gullo to make ½ hour appointments with a writing consultant.
SSD ABSTRACTS: Please note, abstracts submitted to SSD are limited to 1000 characters (yes, that includes spaces).