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Instructions for Abstract Submission

In preparing your abstract for submission to the Symposium, please adhere to the following guidelines.

Authors. Include all student authors on the project, whether or not they will be presenting at the Symposium. You will need to identify each student author by his or her name, student ID number, and provide graduation year and major(s). Also, please bear in mind that we will be sending all information via North Central email, and that all authors need to check their accounts on a regular basis. The first author will be the main contact for the project and will receive notification of any problems with the submission.

Faculty Sponsor. This is the faculty member with whom you have worked most closely on your project. If your work has been supervised primarily by someone at another institution or off-campus organization, you must still designate someone from the North Central faculty as a supervisor. Be sure that your faculty sponsor has reviewed and approved your abstract before you sumit it.

Type of Presentation. Please be sure to select the presentation format for your work: poster or oral.  If you have two projects that you wish to present, one must be a poster and the other must ben an oral presenation.  If you are not sure which format may be the most appropriate, please contact your faculty sponsor or email

Title. Your title should convey the main topic of your project.

Abstract. An abstract is a brief statement that summarizes your presentation. It should include a brief overview of the purpose, method, and results of your research, and it should be apparent how this work is original scholarship or research. It is essential that your abstract describe the results of your project; what has been new ideas have been discovered or developed by your work. If your abstract doesn't effectively describe what new insights have been found, it will likely be rejected.  Please limit your abstract to 150 words or fewer. Please note that abstracts that are too long will be returned to you for editing and will delay your acceptance to the symposium. It is expected that your faculty sponsor has reviewed your submission before you send it in. In addition, your submission will not be edited—misspellings, poor grammar, etc. will not be corrected after the information is received.

Bibliography. You must include a bibliography listing the five sources that are most central to your project.  The sources should  be cited using the appropriate style for your discipline (e.g., APA style) and should include all reference information.  You cannot submit an abstract without these sources. Please consult your faculty sponsor if you have any questions about your sources.

Richter or Honors' Work:  Please indicate whether your project was Richter funded or if it is part of an Honor's Thesis.

The deadline has passed to submit abstracts for the 2015 Rall Symposium