An abstract is a summary of your research, usually in one paragraph of 300 words or less, that includes: 1) the overall purpose of the study and the research problem(s); 2) the basic design of the study; 3) major findings or trends as a result of your analysis; and 4) a brief summary of your interpretations and conclusions.
- You may write your abstract in the online registration form.
- Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words in length.
- View examples from the past symposium as a useful resource for writing an abstract.
Your abstract may be published; therefore, you should submit a high quality version approved by your faculty mentor.
It is your responsibility to check with your research mentor as to whether or not your research project is restricted (i.e. classified, export controlled (EAR/ITAR), proprietary or other restriction). If your mentor identifies your research as restricted, the release of any information to the public must be coordinated with the Office of Research Security to obtain required authorizations before release. Severe penalties, both civil and criminal, may result if restricted information is made public without the proper authorizations.
In the entry form, you will need to classify your poster or oral presentation/performance as belonging to one of the four categories:
- Arts and Humanities (Poster or Oral Presentation/Performance)
- Biological Sciences and Engineering (Poster only)
- Physical Sciences and Engineering (Poster only)
- Social Sciences (Poster only)
It will be up to you and your faculty mentor to properly classify the project. The Shackouls Honors College has the right to reclassify your project as we see fit. If a student’s project is reclassified, the student will be notified by the Shackouls Honors College.
Depending on your project category, you may apply to present your research either through a poster, oral presentation, or performance/demonstrations. Oral presentations and performances/demonstrations are reserved for participants of the Arts and Humanities category ONLY. Those competing in Arts and Humanities may choose to present in any of the three formates: poster, oral presentation, or performance/demonstration. All other categories are required to present posters only.*
*On the submission form, if a student is listed in any subject area other than Arts and Humanities and selects “Oral Presentation” or “Performance/Demonstration”, his or her project will be shifted to poster format, and the student will be notified by the Shackouls Honors College.
Sample presentations can be found at https://symposium.foragerone.com/demo1/projects.
A sample poster presentation can be found here: https://symposium.foragerone.com/demo1/presentations/24,
a sample oral presentation can be found here: https://symposium.foragerone.com/demo1/presentations/31,
and a sample performance/demonstration can be found here: https://symposium.foragerone.com/demo1/presentations/33.
Posters should include a statement of the idea investigated, a description of the method or approach used, findings or progress to date, and a summary. The virtual poster presentation requires you to upload a PDF (not exceeding 10MB) of your poster and a short video. Poster presentations should not exceed 5 minutes.
- Upload a PDF of your poster (PDF must be no more than 10MB in size. If your file exceeds this limit, you can compress the file to reduce its size. We recommend Smallpdf.com or another online tool to compress your file if necessary.)
- Voiceover Video Link - Please upload a video (2-5 mins recommended) of you describing your work/poster to YouTube and paste the link in the submission form (only YouTube links will be supported). Please make the YouTube video settings as UNLISTED.
Oral presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.
- Oral Presentation Video Link - Please upload your oral presentation to YouTube and paste the link below (only YouTube links will be supported). Please make the YouTube video settings as UNLISTED.
Performances/Demonstrations should not exceed 15 minutes.
- Please upload a video of your exhibit or performance to YouTube and paste the link below (only YouTube links will be supported). Please make the YouTube video settings as UNLISTED.
- Voiceover Video Link - Please upload a video (2-5mins recommended) of you describing your exhibit/performance to YouTube and paste the link below (only YouTube links will be supported). Please make the YouTube video settings as UNLISTED.
Group projects are an integral part of research and are encouraged. However, there should be a designated principal presenter during the symposium. The principal presenter should complete the submission form with his or her name and information and can list any co-authors and collaborators in the submission form. Names of any co-authors and/or collaborators may appear in the presentation weblink. Only the principal presenter can present and answer questions from the judges. Prizes will be awarded to the principal presenter only for projects that meet the award competition requirements.
Groups are encouraged to submit individual abstracts and present different posters or give separate oral presentations or performances/demonstrations for the same research. A large part of the project evaluation is being able to answer questions showing a deep understanding of the work that has been done.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.