Submission Instructions

Abstract Submissions Only Accepted from Undergraduate Students!

  • All abstracts must be submitted by Feb. 1.

  • Accepted abstracts must contain:

  1. A hypothesis or research question being tested, or a disciplinary challenge being addressed and its importance or interest to you;
  2. Research and scholarly methods used; 
  3. Summary findings (even if preliminary);
  4. Conclusive statement. 
    Abstracts missing any of these items will be rejected.
  • Upon entering the submission portal, you will need to create an account.

  • DO NOT use the browser “back” arrow during the submission process
    or you will need to re-enter at least some of your information.

  • Fill in the form according to the instructions below.

    • All fields within the submission portal must be completed. Please take your time and be sure you have entered all required information. 
    • Students who have video uploads must ensure privacy of the video submission. View Instructions for Ensuring Privacy.
    • You are responsible for ensuring that your research has met necessary research compliance requirements. For additional information regarding approvals for the use of human subjects or live vertebrate animals, please see the IRB or Animal Care and Use Committee websites.

Abstract Title: Enter the submission title (i.e. The Effects of Bullying on Children).

Abstract: Enter the descriptions of your submission. You will need to provide two; one should be a
maximum of 250 words, and the other should be no more than 125 words. The shorter abstract will be used for the program booklet.

Research Category: The category in which you will be judged.

Author Information: Enter your information (name, email, etc., as shown from creating your account). 
To enter additional authors click the green "+" symbol and enter the information required for up to 10 authors. 

Primary Author’s Discipline: Choose your major.

Primary Author’s Class Standing: Choose your year (Freshman, Sophomore, etc.)

Primary Author’s College and Department: Select your college and department. You must enter information for
each additional author, up to 10, corresponding with the order they were entered in the ‘Author Information’ section.

Mentor Name: Enter the name and title (associate professor, professor, etc.)
of your faculty member or graduate student mentor.

Mentor Email: Enter the email for the mentor listed above.

Mentor Department: Enter the mentor’s department of employment.

Mentor Type: Select an option from the menu.

Presentation Format: Select how your research will be presented. The options are:

  • Poster - Measurements should be no larger than 36x48, and include KSU logo, title of project,
    and name(s) of author(s) including faculty mentor. An easel and foam core for mounting will be
    provided for all poster presentations. 7-10 minutes maximum length.
  • Oral Presentation - 15 minutes maximum length. 
  • Video - You must bring your own equipment; space and power outlet will be provided. 
  • Artistic Piece - Creative work (dance, theater, music, etc.) will be allotted a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • Roundtable - Discussion tables must have a moderator to maintain flow. 15 minutes maximum length.

Upload Submission: Upload supporting documentation, (i.e. graphs, charts, etc.). Do not submit a duplicate abstract.

Streaming Media: Please upload any media files (only permitted formats).

Biographical Sketch and Photo: Insert your biographical sketch in one file and upload an appropriate photo of yourself.
If there is more than one author, please insert a biographical sketch for the group in one file, and a group photo.

Comments: Enter materials that you will be bringing. This will help in planning a location for your presentation.
Let us know if you need a table for a laptop, an electrical outlet, etc.

Research Area: The terms you choose to categorize your work will allow individuals not associated with Kent State University 
to search the web for your project on an international online platform.

Abstracts Should Include the Following


The title should reflect the content and emphasis of the project/research described (maximum of 30 words, in bold type, Times New Roman, font size - 16 pt. This is separate from the body of the abstract).

Name of Authors

The names of the authors including the department, college affiliation should appear separate from the abstract. The primary and co-advisors should be indicated as such. (The presenter's name should be underlined. Times New Roman, font size - 14 pt. This is also separate from the body of the abstract).

Body of the Abstract

An abstract is a brief, concise summarizing statement of the work, no longer than 250 words in length. It gives the reader a summary of the problem, method, results and conclusions of your work. To ensure quality, it is recommended that your abstract is reviewed by your faculty mentor. The body of the abstract should include the following elements:

1. Problem: Describe the problem or research question that is the subject of the study and the importance in studying this issue

2. Method: Describe the approach used to conduct the study (i.e., the procedures or methods)

3. Results: Describe the principal findings or results

Abstract Evaluation and Selection For Competition

  1. Clarity of the abstract. Does the abstract provide all of the information needed by the judges in order to make a selection? Is it concise and to the point?  
  2. Quality and relevance of the research, creative work. Is the work that is undertaken relevant to the current state of knowledge in the field? Is it a potentially important contribution to the field? Is it contextual? Are the conclusions supported by the results? Is the work of interest to a general audience?
  3. Creativity, originality and scientific validity. Is the work novel? Was the work carried out according to accepted and valid methods in the relevant field?
  4. Evaluation Criteria/Rubrics for Posters, Papers, and Artistic Presentations can be found below: