Information for Students

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Students are encouraged to consult with a professor in their particular field as to whether or not their project is appropriate for the Symposium, and if so, to compete for an opportunity to present their outstanding work. Students are required to identify a faculty member as the faculty sponsor of their project. The sponsor does not have to serve as a mentor of the student; he or she does, however, have to have familiarity with the project and deem it appropriate for presentation.

Abstracts for research papers should explain the author’s research question, methodology, and findings. Abstracts for non-research based papers should explain the author’s thesis, theoretical grounding, and/or original insights and contributions. Abstracts for creative work should include an explanation of that work.

To see the guidelines that will be used by abstract reviewers to evaluate submission and decide which works will be presented at the Symposium, click here.

Students may present their work in several formats:

  • Oral paper presentations
  • Posters
  • Exhibits/performances

Appropriate submissions may include:

  • work that is produced as part of Simpson College Honors Programs
  • work that is produced as part of a research scholarship
  • work that faculty considers stellar (e.g. exemplary student course work including papers, research projects, or creative works)

If the work is co-authored, only the first author will apply on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed in the submission form.

Abstract writing tips

  1. Consider the following questions when preparing your abstract:
  2. Does the abstract clearly state the aim of the project (i.e. a research question, theoretical issue, or problem)?
  3. Is the significance of work clearly stated?
  4. If relevant, are the methods, data collection, and analysis procedures well-designed and appropriate to the question addressed?
  5. Are the conclusions justified in relation to the data and/or analysis/description?
  6. Is the abstract written clearly and organized well?



Your completed abstract must be submitted by February 23, 2018 at 5 p.m. For the final submission please do the following:

    1. Download and fill out the abstract application form.
    2. If you have “special characters” (superscripts, subscripts, accents, etc.) and your abstract is accepted, you will be notified to submit a version of your abstract (as a Word document or PDF) so that we can include those characters in the program.

You will be notified about your acceptance to the symposium by March 19, 2018 at 5 pm.

Useful tips for presentations and posters can be found at the University of California, Irvine, website: .