Students are encouraged to choose the format (paper presentation, poster, exhibition, or performance) that best matches their work. Faculty-student collaboration and other types of co-authored works are encouraged.

ORAL/PAPER SESSION — Students planning to present their work in an ORAL/PAPER SESSION (oral/podium/paper presentation) will give a 15-minute talk on their research, internship, or creative endeavor.
• POSTER SESSION — Students planning to present their work in the POSTER SESSION (oral poster presentation) will need to fit their work on a 3’ x 4’ (portrait format) powerpoint slide for printing or uploading.
• PERFORMANCE PIECE — Students planning to give a MUSICAL or THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE will be given 12 minutes to enact their work or a segment of their work in a classroom, studio, or performance hall setting as appropriate.
• ART WORK — Students planning to present their ARTWORK(S) will be given space to perform or display their work as appropriate. NOTE: To submit a proposal for the art exhibit, contact Professor Judith Keiser at

Each student participant will need to submit a 150-word (maximum) abstract online by March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. An abstract is a brief, informative summary of the research paper, internship experience, exhibit, or performance. A research abstract should describe the purpose of the work, data source, methods of analysis, and findings. An internship abstract mentions the company or organization’s name, location, and purpose, as well as the internship position and responsibilities. A creative works abstract should describe the medium, theme, and/or the source(s) of inspiration.
The abstract should be written in clear and simple language that someone without a background in the discipline can understand. Your abstract will be published online and printed in the program EXACTLY AS IT IS SUBMITTED. Thus, before submitting the abstract, PLEASE PROOFREAD IT CAREFULLY for grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors. Students are encouraged to consult with their faculty mentors on drafting and finalizing their abstracts.

For sample abstracts and additional information, read the following:

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill — Writing an Abstract