Guidelines on How to Format Your Abstract
An abstract is a brief comprehensive summary of the research project and should describe your project including the objectives, methodology, and the results, conclusions, or recommendations. Avoid citing references.
For help, consult your faculty advisor or see either of these helpful tutorials:
- Writing a journal abstract from the Purdue Online Writing Lab
- How to Write an Abstract for Undergraduate Research from the UC Davis writing center
- Examples of Research Abstracts from The Writing Center at the U. of Wisconsin-Madison
The abstract must be formatted as follows to be included on the web publication of the Celebration. Abstracts that exceed 150 words will be edited.
“Title of the Presentation”
Name of Author and any Collaborators along with information on: status (faculty, undergraduate, graduate student, other); department (if applicable); affiliation (e.g., John Carroll, the Cleveland Clinic). Faculty advisor, department (if applicable). Main author should be listed first; name of presenter(s) should be indicated with an asterisk.
Body: the body of abstract should not to exceed 150 words. Include source of funding, if any. Abstracts may be edited.
- Use one space between sentences.
- Have faculty or sponsor approve the abstract before submission to protect confidential or proprietary information.
- Avoid the use of inflammatory or sensationalizing language in the title or body of the abstract.
Sample 1: Paper Presentation
“Overlooked: Ted Yates, Bob Rogers, and Vietnam: It’s a Mad War”
*John Smith, Undergraduate; Dr. Thomas Mascaro, Assistant Professor, Department of Telecommunications, Bowling Green University
In the summer of 1964, before the United States had committed hundreds of thousands of military troops to Southeast Asia, NBC News producer Ted Yates dispatched his associate, Robert F. Rogers, to South Vietnam to conduct documentary research on the region and the growing conflict. The product of these efforts was a prescient television documentary that foreshadowed the quagmire facing the United States. Vietnam: It’s a Mad War was narrated by Chet Huntley, written by Bob Rogers, and produced by Yates. It stands as a stunning benchmark of what was known before the term “body bags” became part of our lexicon. It is recognized in broadcast history as part of the filmography of its producer-director, Ted Yates. Archival records, though, demonstrate it was the vision of Yate’s fellow documentarian, Bob Rogers. This paper presents that evidence and seeks to raise the visibility of Rogers as a subject worthy of more historical attention.
Sample 2: Poster Presentation
“An Analysis of the Euclid Creek Watershed”
Steven Halady, *Jamie Cannon, Mary Lenczewski, William Brochak, Chepchumba Yego, Undergraduate Students; Dr. Michael Nichols, Department of Chemistry
Euclid Creek is an urban stream that flows through residential areas in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH. It consists of one main branch and two side branches (south and east). Over an eight week period, samples were collected from a variety of sites along each of the three main sections. Various parameters were determined by ion chromatography, titration, colorimetry, and on-site probing. Microbiological factors were also examined. From these data, it was determined that the South branch contained unusually high concentrations of chloride, while the East branch showed high concentrations of various nitrogen species. Both branches showed unhealthy levels of bacteria. More sites were chosen to study these two areas to find possible sources of pollutants. Further work must be done before any conclusions as to the sources of the pollutants can be made. Funded by the National Science Foundation REU Program.