Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

Student resource: on Writing an Effective Abstract

video tutorial courtesy of SACNAS



Abstract submission: February 15 – March 22, 2017


Presentation formats available:

Poster Presentation

Students will stand next to a poster of their research project for the duration of their assigned session. Faculty, other students, community members and our judges will visit with you throughout your session.


Oral Presentation

Students will explain their research to an audience with audio/visuals displayed on a screen. Faculty, other students, community members and our judges will have a couple of minutes to ask questions.

I want to submit an abstract, what should I know/do first?

Write your abstract or statement (up to 250 words) and have this document ready and approved by your advisor BEFORE entering it in the COURI Abstract Management System (no specific formatting required for online submission).

Before you submit please be sure to have the following items.

• The abstract's title

• All co-author names, emails and affiliations. All authors will receive an email notification when the abstract is submitted.

• A list of keywords/keyword phrases (5 maximum)

Contact your faculty advisor immediately and request help with your abstract or statement preparation. You may want to send her/him a copy of these instructions.   

Only one image may be uploaded if your discipline/abstract requires it. Images must be in JPG format and will be automatically reduced proportionally to 500 pixels in width.

• To upload multiple images, use a photo editor to combine two or more images

• The 500px width limit will still apply.

I’m ready with all of my materials, what do I do next?

Once ready, submit online to the COURI Abstract Management System.

I’ve submitted my abstract, which means I am done, right?

NO! You may be asked to edit your submission prior to posting. The COURI editors may request minor or major revisions, in which case you will be notified via email.

Once accepted and published, a pdf copy of your abstract will be posted in the COURI Abstract Management System, accessible only to UTEP domain addresses.