URC Abstract Requirements

The abstract is a concise, single-paragraph summary of your presentation’s purpose, main points, method, findings, and conclusions. Please ensure your research advisor has reviewed and approved your abstract.

Abstracts should:

  • Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project.
  • Provide a description of your research context and the previous literature or research studies (no actual citations required) that informs your area of inquiry.
  • Provide a brief description of the research/project methodology.
  • State the findings, conclusions, or expected results of your research.
  • Explain the overall contribution of your research and why the research is important.
  • Include text only (no images or graphics).
  • Be well-written and well-organized with no spelling or grammatical errors.
  • Abstract must be reviewed and approved by your research advisor.

Other formatting guidelines and information:

  • References are allowed within abstracts, but not required.
  • The form will not process all formatting and special characters (e.g., scientific symbols). Use plain text format for your abstract.
  • Abstracts are usually 200 words long with no paragraph breaks. The required minimum is 200 words, and the maximum is 250 words.
  • In order to be considered for a conference award, your abstract need to be at least 230 words long and no more than 250 words.
  • Additionally, your abstract will be reviewed and assessed using the UNC Charlotte Abstract Review Rubric. Scores on the abstract rubric will determine which presenters will be selected for award consideration.
  • Together, the abstract rubric score and the presentation score will be used to determine award winners.

Note: The title and author(s) of your abstract will appear EXACTLY as they are entered in the abstract submission form. Please double-check punctuation and spelling before submitting.


UNC Charlotte students may attend How to Write an Abstract workshops offered through the Office of Undergraduate Research or make an appointment for one-on-one assistance at the Writing Resource Center.