Guide to Writing an Abstract

The first Author for each presentation will need to submit the final absttract that has been approved by the sponsoring faculty and co-Authors. This submission will require the following information:

  1. The Abstract should be typed in Arial 10 pt font
  2. Title of presentation
  3. First Author's name,followed by student Co-authors
  4. Faculty Sponsor's name
  5. University program/ department
  6. Main Text of Abstract: A maximum of 150 words, not including the title, names of authors, and affiliations. The text is usually a single paragraph that should include the following basic components:

a) Motivation/problem statement: Why do we care about the problem? What practical, scientific, theoretical or artistic gap accomplishes your research filling? What does your reader need before they can understand why you performed this scholarship/creative activity?

b) Methods/procedure/approach: Provide methods for how you set your goals. How did you perform the study? What methods did you use to achieve your results? (e.g. studied 2 novels, finished a series of 6 oil paintings, surveyed 2 communities) Check that your methods match the upcoming results.

c) Results/findings/products: Choose your most significant findings and describe them. What did you accomplish? What did you learn/invent/create?

d) Conclusion/implications: What are the larger implications of your findings, especially for the problem/gap identified in step 1? Make sure your conclusions are supported by your results.

 

Submission details for Abstracts

Abstracts may be submitted any time after Oct 20

  • Final Due Date: Nov. 2, 2017 by 5 pm
  •  Length of abstract: Maximum of 150 words
  •  Format: WORD document, 10 pt Arial font
  •  Submit: Email attachment to Dr. Emily Deaver (emily.deaver@smsu.edu)
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Example appearance and format of your abstract

 

 Effects of Barley Extract on the Growth of Algae Spirogyra, Synedra, and Ankistrodesmus
Brooke Burmeister
Environmental Science Program, Southwest Minnesota State University

 

Excessive amounts of algae are a nuisance in lakes. Experiments were conducted to determine the efficacy of barley straw extract in controlling algal growth in three freshwater algae. Spirogyra (filamentous green algae), Synedra (diatom), and Ankistrodesmus (single celled green algae) were exposed to barley straw extract in an environmental chamber for nine days. Algae was exposed in 50 mL test tubes with five replicates of each treatment, five replicates of algae with no barley extract (control) and five tubes barley with no algae. Chlorophyll concentrations were analyzed at the beginning and end of the study to determine effects on the growth of the algae. All three species of algae grew in the unexposed controls, but growth was statistically significantly reduced for all three species when exposed to barley extract (ANOVA, p<0.05). Results indicate that barley could be used as an algistatic agent to control algae growth.

 

For more information regarding the SMSU Undergraduate Research Conference contact:

Dr. Emily Deaver, Professor of Environmental Science
Southwest Minnesota State University, SM 171
1501 State Street * Marshall, MN 56258
Ph: 507-537-6171 * Fax: 507-537-6151
Email: Emily.Deaver@smsu.edu

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