Unlike what the term "abstract" implies, an abstract is not abstract at all--it is a concise, academic paragraph that describes your scholarly project.
According to Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, an abstract should include:
This is true for both creative works and research.
For academic projects, abstracts serve as a way to tell your reader what to expect in your project.
Since there are so many projects showcased at academic conferences, like the Symposium, an attendee needs to chose the ones they are most interested in because it is often impossible to visit all the presentations. Abstracts serve as a way to inform attendees what your project is about so they know which oral and poster presentations they want to listen to and see.
Given that your abstract is the first impression of your project someone will encounter, you might feel tempted to make your abstract like a "cliffhanger," but an abstract should be academic, professional in tone, and should not leave the reader "hanging"--rather, it should be forthright about the scope of your project, including findings and conclusions.
Need help writing your abstract, practicing your oral presentation, creating your poster, or any other Symposium related issue? Please make an appointment at the Writers' Center!
Virtually any research based project would qualify to be presented at the Symposium as long as it's culturally sensitive and appropriate for a diverse audience.
Creative works can be any work that would fall under the large umbrella of "art" (creative writing, studio art, film, theater skits and monologues, music, and more) and can be displayed in a virtual way. For more information, please email the Symposium committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students have the option to perform or display creative works in the form of pictures and videos or present on a research project in the form of an oral or poster presentation.
For more detailed information, look at the links to past symposia and video below.