Research Abstract Submission Form
Submissions will be accepted for the MSSU Student Research Symposium. Please submit your abstract by Wednesday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered for inclusion. The symposium is open to all students from all disciplines and provides them an opportunity to present their work to fellow students, faculty, and community members.
Students who participate must have the approval of a faculty sponsor. The sponsor should be a faculty member who has either acted as a mentor or supervised the student’s research. Please be sure that your faculty sponsor has read your submitted abstract and has agreed to serve as your sponsor for the Student Research Symposium. It is the responsibility of the student and his/her faculty sponsor to properly classify the project and to select the category in which the student wants to compete.
An abstract is a brief statement—usually between 150 and 250 words—that summarizes your project. It takes the form of a paragraph and is meant to provide the reader with a concise understanding and a complete overview of your research and findings. Readers should be able to read your abstract and decide if the project is of interest to them. Typically, an abstract will contain, in the following order: a statement of purpose or a research question; the materials and methods used; the results observed; and the conclusions drawn. For abstracts written before the project is completed, the emphasis is placed on the purpose and methods. For abstracts written after the project has been completed, there is an emphasis on the results and conclusions.
To review sample abstracts from previous symposiums, click here.