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Abstract Guidelines for the Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business


  1. Title: 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).
  2. Names 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).
  3. Body of the abstract: An abstract is a brief, concise summarizing statement of the work, no longer than 150 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:
  • Problem:  Describe the problem or research question that is the subject of the study and the importance in studying this issue 
  • Method: Describe the approach used to conduct the study (i.e., the procedures or methods)
  • Results: Describe the principal findings or results
  • Conclusion: Provide a single sentence that links the results to the problem or research question