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Abstract Submission for 2019 Undergraduate Research Festival is Now Open

by   |  12.10.18  |  Abstracts, General Announcements

Abstract submission for the 2019 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival is now open.

Undergraduate students who have performed research between April 2018 and April 2019 may submit their abstracts through the Abstract Submission form.  Abstract submission will close Feb 8, 2019.

The Research Festival will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

For tips on abstract writing and to learn how the abstracts will be evaluated go to the Research Festival Blog at For questions contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at or the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs as


by   |  01.28.13  |  Abstracts, Conference Tips, FAQs, General Announcements

Who is eligible to present?

Any student who performed undergraduate research from the April the year before the Research Festival until the current Research Festival. This includes students who graduated December before the Research Festival.

I did research outside of my university, can I still present?

Yes! Many students have done research in summer research programs at other universities. We would love to hear about your experiences.

You can put the name of your research mentor at your university as your mentor or have a faculty member from your department here be your mentor for the Research Festival. It is strongly recommended that you have a faculty member proof your abstract before you submit it.

I did independent research and did not have a faculty mentor, can I still participate?

Yes! You have to options on filling out the Abstract Submission Form. You may put “none” in the blanks about the Research Mentor. A better option would be to have a member of your department act as your mentor for the Research Festival. They can help you with crafting your abstract and presentation.

Do you have to be an ACU student to participate?

No, all university students from Abilene are invited to participate.

I may have a conflict on one of the days, what can I do?

The Abstract Submission Form has a blank in which you may communicate potential conflicts to us.

Are there prizes?


Review of Abstracts

by   |  12.11.12  |  Abstracts, Rubrics

When abstracts are submitted they are evaluated by abstract review committees. These committees look for four key components: Appeal, Originality, Methodology, and Clarity.

Appeal and Originality: The first category in the rubric for abstract review looks at the Appeal (Is the research compelling and relevant to the field?) and Originality (Is this research contributing something new to the field?) Original research is different than a research paper for class where one reviews other’s original work.

Originality is defined on the rubric (attached below) as: “Proposals should clearly state the novel contribution to the field.  When new data has been collected, this is unambiguously original research.  However, different or improved analyses of previously reported data also represent original work.  Finally, a literature review can also be considered original research if the author of the review brings new perspectives to the questions considered by combining the findings of many studies (in the case of literature reviews, do not assume that the abstract review committee will recognize research as original; clearly state which findings or perspectives are new discoveries enabled by the review process).”

Methodology: In the second category the reviewers look for the research methods employed by the student researchers and that the students actively participated in the research.  The students were not just watching a professor do the research or playing a minor gofer role.

Clarity: The abstract should be well written and easy to read. A poorly written abstract can hide excellent research. It is best practice to have someone else proofread your abstract for you.  It is difficult to catch your own writing mistakes.

Students submitting abstracts to the Research Festival should have their advisors check their abstracts before they are submitted.