Components of a Competitive Abstract

Submitting an Abstract

Use the following as a guide for writing a competitive abstract:

  • Provide a brief context for the research.
  • Indicate why it is important.
  • State the goal(s) of the research and the question(s) you are seeking to address with this research.
Study Design and Research Methods
  • Specifically state what study design was used in the research.
  • If appropriate, state what population or group(s) were studied.
  • Briefly describe the study procedures used to carry out the research.
  • Indicate which measurement techniques were used in the research.
  • Provide information on the data analytic technique(s) that were used.
  • Briefly describe the primary findings or results of your research.
  • Concisely state what the results mean and their impact on the field of research.

TOP 5 Tips for Writing Your ABRCMS Abstract

This list of tips has been compiled from our webinar series, "Writing a Compelling Abstract."

1. READ the instructions! Don’t waste energy doing the wrong thing. Familiarize yourself with the requirements for the ABRCMS Abstract submission process.

2. Understand who is the TARGET AUDIENCE (or who you want to be your audience). This not a specialized journal that knows all of your jargon, so know that going in.

3. Write your hypothesis/statement of purpose with CLARITY. An abstract allows the reader to learn a great deal about your work with very little effort. Even though every project won't have a hypothesis, you should always clearly indicate the intended purpose of your work.

4. Make sure the results and conclusions TIE BACK to what you said in your hypothesis/statement of purpose. Think back to what you said the hypothesis/statement of purpose was. If your results and conclusions don't clearly support that, then you haven't done a good job showing reviewers that you are worthy to be selected.

5. Give the abstract to multiple people (including your PI) to REVIEW it. We can't stress the importance of proofreading and review. The more eyes it sees, the better it will be!

Resources on Writing Competitive Abstracts

Click on each discipline to see a sample annotated abstract:

Sample Abstracts 2018 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Cancer Biology Cancer Biology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Cell Biology Cell Biology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Chemistry Chemistry
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Computational and Systems Biology Computational and Systems Biology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Developmental Biology and Genetics Developmental Biology and Genetics
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Engineering Physics and Mathematics Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Immunology Immunology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Microbiology Microbiology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Neuroscience Neuroscience
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Physiology Physiology and Pharmacology
 Sample Abstracts 2018 Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health Social and Behavioral Sciences and Public Health




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