By: Dr. Michael Hawkins, Hilary Kennedy, and Zachary Mikrut

Time Stamps:
3:34 What's in an Abstract: Understanding the Components in a Research Abstract - Dr. Michael Hawkins
19:30 Poster Design Basics - Hilary Kennedy
50:00 Presenting Your Research - Zachary Mikrut



Now that you have made a decision to participate in the symposium, you will need to prepare and submit an abstract for consideration. An abstract is a document that condenses a large research project into a structured summary description. The abstract should be written in such a way that it provides the reader with a concise summary of your work. You will need to provide two abstracts. One will be a maximum of 250 words, and the second is not to exceed 125 words. The shorter abstract will be provided to judges and used when your work is posted to the Online Access Kent State portal for viewing after the symposium. 


General Information

  • Undergraduate students attending any of Kent State's eight campuses and representing any major are eligible to participate.
  • Student researchers are required to submit a brief abstract indicating their intent to participate.
  • Abstracts will be accepted from December 21, 2020 through February 15, 2021. After the abstract deadline we will provide additional information about the presentation platform and how to prepare. 
  • Students choosing to perform a creative work (dance, theater, music, etc.) will be allotted a maximum of 10 minutes to present. 
  • Participants must display a PowerPoint/poster or creative product that can be viewed by those joining us for the virtual program. 
  • PowerPoint slides should include the KSU logo, title of project, name(s) of author(s) including faculty mentor(s). 
  • PowerPoint/poster submissions will be judged for quality of presentation, including — but not limited to — display, conclusions, and clarity of the 7-10 minute verbal overview. Please visit the Evaluations/Rubric page to learn about judging criteria.
  • Student participants will be considered for cash awards.
  • All research, scholarly work, and creative activity must be completed in collaboration with a faculty or graduate student mentor.
  • Students will need to be present during an assigned time during the week of April 19-23 (time to be announced). Students should plan on being in attendance for approximately one hour to present their work and hear about the work of other students in their assigned research grouping. 
  • Student presentations will include a verbal presentation of their work accompanied by a PowerPoint slide/Poster.  Presentations will be done via Microsoft TEAMS with students presenting and sharing their slides/poster.  
  • Students are encouraged to seek assistance from their subject librarian and/or mentor, and to participate in special programs that will assist them in creating a PowerPoint or developing a presentation. 
  • Please watch for special programs that will be offered during the Spring 2021 semester to assist you with your preparations for participation in the symposium. 

Submitting Your Abstract and Registering for the Event

Prior to submitting your research, have a discussion with your faculty mentor to share your abstract (250 words or less) and your modified abstract (125 words or less)

Prior to submitting your abstract and registering for the symposium, make sure you have all the information you need, including:

  • Information on any additional author(s) – name, banner identification number, class rank, major and email
  • Information regarding your mentor(s) – name, email and department
  • Abstracts – have Word files of your abstract and modified abstract so you can copy and paste into the Qualtrics form.

Click here to submit your abstract