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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Undergraduate Research Center

Abstract Guidelines

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/urc/mncurabstract.html

Presentation Formats

Poster Presentation: Posters may be a maximum of 48" wide and 36" high. Presenters will be expected to be available to discuss their posters at the assigned times. Posters can be attached to the display boards by push pins. We will have push pins available, but please feel free to bring your own.

Oral Presentation: Presentations are scheduled for a maximum of 15 minutes, including a question-and-answer period. Sessions will be moderated and the time limit enforced. All PowerPoint presentations must be on a USB Flash drive. All rooms will be equipped with a computer, project and screen.

Artistic Performance: Performances include literary readings, theatre, music or dance and are original, or interpretation/research based on an existing work. Performances may be solo or ensemble. A maximum of 30 minutes would be allotted for each performance, including a question-and-answer period.

Abstract Guidelines

The First Author for each presentation will need to submit the final Abstract that has been approved by the sponsoring faculty and Co- Authors. This submission will require the following information:

  • First Author's name (person who's name appears first on the presentation), and affiliation (university and department / program)
    • Faculty Sponsor(s) name
    • Student Co-Authors' names (up to four)
  • Title of Presentation
  • Main Text of Abstract: A maximum of 250 words, not including the title, names of authors, and affiliations. The text is usually a single paragraph that should include the following basic components:
    • Motivation/problem statement: Why do we care about the problem? What practical, scientific, theoretical or artistic gap accomplishes your research filling? What does your reader need before they can understand why you performed this scholarship/creative activity?
    • Methods/procedure/approach: Provide methods for how you set your goals. How did you perform the study? What methods did you use to achieve your results? (e.g. studied 2 novels, finished a series of 6 oil paintings, surveyed 2 communities) Check that your methods match the upcoming results.
    • Results/findings/products: Choose your most significant findings and describe them. What did you accomplish? What did you learn/invent/create?
    • Conclusion/implications: What are the larger implications of your findings, especially for the problem/gap identified in step 1? Make sure your conclusions are supported by your results.