An abstract is a summary of your paper and/or research project. It should be single-spaced, one paragraph, and approximately 250-300 words. It is NOT an introduction to your paper; rather, it should highlight your major points, explain why your work is important, describe how you researched your problem, and offer your conclusions.
It should be clear and concise, without any grammatical mistakes or typographical errors. You may wish to have it reviewed by the Writing Center, writing instructor or tutor, or other writing specialist. For the purposes of the symposium, the wording of an abstract should be understandable to a well-read, interdisciplinary audience. Specialized terms should be either defined or avoided.
It should not include any charts, tables, figures, footnotes, references or other supporting information.
The staff in the Writing Center are happy to work with you on your abstract and are available via appointments at-
Finally, your abstract must have the approval of your research mentor or advisor.