Your abstract should demonstrate that your (internship) research has/will have a valuable contribution to the scientific field you are working in. Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed max. 1000 characters (about 250 words).
Usually an abstract dedicates one or two sentences each towards:
Background/context, materials & methods, results, and conclusion or interpretation. Abstract subheadings are not necessary.
Your abstract will need a succinct title and to list of the first and last names of all authors who contributed to the work (such as yourself, supervisors, or technicians). You should also include up to 3 keywords to help us organize the posters by theme.
We realize for many of you internships are still ongoing, preliminary & pilot data are welcome. It’s also acceptable if your poster differs somewhat from your original abstract text. Literature reviews may only be presented as posters if they’re in a meta-analysis format or have formed part of your internship work in 2020-2021.
The symposium is for a broad student and academic audience: take this into account while writing your abstract.
Abstract writing tips:
1. write in past tense and avoid passive
2. make sure any terms or acronyms are defined if needed & avoid too much jargon
3. give only a concise summary of the findings, sample sizes or p-values only where relevant
4. no need to cite references or bibliography