spot 5Submission Guidelines

Participation in the undergraduate expo requires completion of a submission form, or abstract. An abstract is a concise summary of your completed project that provides a snapshot of it as a whole. The abstract should be written in 250 words or less (not including title, authors, and department).

It is highly recommended that you involve your Mentor at each stage of the process from idea to final presentation. Your Mentor will be your greatest source of productive feedback. Your reader/audience might not share your discipline or background, so it is important to be concise and informative with defined sections, data representations, explanations, and summations (as appropriate per discipline). Looking at models of abstracts within your discipline will be beneficial when you are writing yours. Abstracts do not need to include references, parenthetical citations, footnotes, or a Works Cited page.

Please allow time to proofread and rehearse your presentations (poster and oral) with your Mentors and peers to adjust to timing and pace, tone and for incorporating feedback.


  • Abstract Composition
  • Abstract Examples
When you are composing your abstract, think of the following elements:

  1. Motivation/rationale for the project: What did you set out to do and why? Why is it important/significant/interesting? What problem does the work attempt to solve, or what intellectual or theoretical gap does it aim to fill?
  2. Methods/procedure/approach: What did you do and how? What is the scope of the project? What models or specific approaches did you use? What sources of evidence did you rely on?
  3. Results/conclusions: What did you find/learn/conclude? An abstract of a scientific project may include specific data. Other abstracts may discuss the findings in a more general way.
  4. Implications: What does it mean and how does it relate to what else is known? How does this work add to the existing body of knowledge? What are the implications for the problem/issue identified in part 1?

Abstract submissions for the Spring Expo are now open - due July 10, 2020