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 a 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.
Abstracts will be assessed with this rubric: Abstract Rubric.